National Science Week Grants

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 which will be held from 11-19 August 2018.

Who can apply:

You must be one of the following:

  • be an individual over 18 years of age
  • be an organisation with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO)

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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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 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 4 of the Programme Guidelines.

Merit criteria

We will judge applications against the following three Merit Criteria:

  • the reach and impact of the project (50 points)
  • your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (30 points)
  • the value for money offered by your project (20 points).

For more information on what activities and costs are eligible please refer to Section 5 of the Programme Guidelines.

How to apply

Before applying you should read and understand the Programme Guidelines and sample letter of offer.

When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and a link. The link goes to a page where you can enter your email address to receive acknowledgment and a copy of your complete application.

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

If your application is successful

We will send you a letter to advise you of the outcome.

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Your application and your letter of offer will form the grant agreement.

The grant agreement will state the maximum amount that you will receive. We will pay your grant funding as a single payment when the grant agreement is finalised. We will make payments to your nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Programme guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample letter of offer

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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