Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship

Provides funding for activities that support girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship.

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship Programme aims to:

  • support women in STEM
  • remove barriers that stop women taking part in STEM education and careers, including entrepreneurship.

The programme provides funding for businesses, not-for-profits and research organisations to support outreach programmes that target girls and women to:

  • encourage their interest in entrepreneurship
  • develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • build their professional networks.

The programme also provides funding to identify and celebrate STEM role models in science and research, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to inspire school-age girls.

The programme is part of the ‘Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM’ element of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

What support or funding is available?

  • Grant funding per project is $5,000 to $250,000.
  • Two application rounds are expected per year.

Who can apply?

To apply, you must have an ABN and be either:

  • an Australian incorporated entity
  • a publically funded research organisation, or
  • a not-for-profit organisation.

Joint applications from groups of organisations are acceptable, provided you have an eligible principal applicant who is the main driver of the project.

Find out more about who can apply in the Programme Guidelines.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for funding, your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $5,000 in total expenditure
  • take no longer than 24 months to complete
  • aim to address discrimination and inequality for girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship by:
    • increasing awareness and encouraging girls and women to participate in STEM and/or entrepreneurship education and careers
    • increasing participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem, including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers, or
    • stimulating an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

Find further information on eligibility requirements in the Programme Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

Make sure you address each of the following merit criteria in your application:

  • Expected impact and benefits of the project (40 points)
  • Demonstrated capacity and capability to carry out the project (40 points)
  • The value for money offered by your project (20 points).

Check the Programme Guidelines for more information about the merit criteria.

How do I apply?

Before applying you should read and understand the:

  • Programme Guidelines
  • online application form, and
  • grant agreement.

You can only submit one application as the principle applicant in each application round. 

To apply, complete and submit the online application form in the [I’m ready to apply tab] before 5pm AEST of the round close date.

In your application, make sure you address all eligibility and merit criteria and include all attachments.

How will I know if I am successful?

We will send you a letter to advise you of the outcome. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to discuss the outcome.

Further information on how we assess your application for the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship programme is in section 7 of the Programme Guidelines.

How will payments be made?

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The grant agreement will specify the payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

For grants up to $50,000 we will pay the entire grant amount once a grant agreement is signed by both parties.

For grants over $50,000, we will make an initial payment of up to 50% of the grant once the grant agreement is signed. We will make subsequent payments based on your progress reports. 10% of the total grant funding is set aside for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Because of the different payment methods and the difference of the perceived level of risk for small grants versus larger grants, there are two different types of grant agreement.

Your grant agreement will provide more details about how and when you will receive payments.

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