National Science Week Grants 2019

At a glance


Provides individuals and organisations with grants between $2,000 and $20,000 to support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week. National Science Week is Australia's major national celebration of the sciences in August each year. The next National Science Week will be held from 10 - 18 August 2019.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an individual 18 years of age or older, or
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



National Science Week is Australia's major national celebration of the sciences in August each year. National Science Week provides high profile science engagement activities across the nation. It is also an important opportunity for the science community to celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world.

The Australian Government supports National Science Week in a variety of ways, including through the National Science Week Grants.

National Science Week Grants helps provide nationwide science engagement activities in which the wider community can participate. It does this by:

  • providing funding to eligible and meritorious high profile projects across all states and territories
  • supporting projects that stimulate and leverage further contributions by organisations across Australia
  • supporting projects which target new and under-served audiences
  • engaging Indigenous Australians in National Science Week activities.

An open competitive funding round will be held once a year to provide funding to support science engagement activities that will take place during National Science Week, or where appropriate, in the week before or after National Science Week.

Ongoing funding of $500,000 per year will be available.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

The value of your project must exceed the grant you are seeking. You must have some additional funding or in-kind contributions to support your project.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be an individual 18 years of age or older, or
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a Commonwealth entity (publicly funded research organisations that meet the eligibility criteria in 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines are eligible to apply).

To be eligible your project must:

  • be directed towards a science-related activity that will be conducted in Australia during National Science Week, or where appropriate, in the week before or after National Science Week
  • address one or more of the following purposes:
    • draw the nation's attention towards the sciences
    • spark broad interest and engagement in the sciences
    • provide an opportunity for all Australians to participate in science events and activities
    • foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry
    • trial new and innovative science communication activities
  • involve attendance or participation by the general public
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.

Your project can include activities at multiple locations, as long as all locations are within Australia.

School-based projects are not usually eligible. Please discuss your project with us before submitting an application for a school-based project.

For more information on eligibility please refer to Section 5 of the National Science Week Grants grant opportunity guidelines.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • The reach and impact of the project (50 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (30 points)
  • Impact of funding on your project (20 points).

For more information, go to Section 6 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach any mandatory attachments.


For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will proceed to a merit assessment. An independent National Science Week Grants Committee will assess eligible applications against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in the funding round.

To support a spread of projects, the Committee will also take into account the fields of science being demonstrated and the state or territory the projects will be occurring in.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision taking into account the Committee's recommendations and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You will be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

You will need to use National Science Week branding in the promotion of events, and register the event on the National Science Week website.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement

Grant recipients

View the list of projects that have been offered funding under the 2018 National Science Week Grants funding round.

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