Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship
At a glance
Provides incorporated entities, publicly funded research organisation, vocational education and training providers,TAFEs, and not for profit organisations with funding between $5,000 and $250,000, for projects up to two years, to develop and deliver activities designed to increase the participation of girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship education and careers, and increase the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions.
Who can apply:
You must have an ABN and be one of the following:
- an entity incorporated in Australia
- a publicly funded research organisation
- a government or non-government vocational education and training provider, or technical and further education (TAFE) instiution.
- a not for profit organisation that is registered, or that will register prior to receiving funding if successful, with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
Other eligibility requirements apply.
The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program was announced as part of the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM element of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The program provides funding to support women in STEM and to eliminate barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, including entrepreneurship. The program supports projects that foster girls’ and women’s interest in STEM and entrepreneurship, develop their scientific and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, build their professional networks, or other activities consistent with the program’s objectives. The program also provides funding to identify and celebrate STEM role models in science and research, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to inspire school-age girls.
The program’s objectives are to:
- increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship education and careers, including in schools through to university and to the research sector
- increase participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers
- stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.
The support or funding available:
- The minimum grant amount is $5,000
- The maximum grant amount is $250,000
- The maximum project duration is 24 months
- There is no minimum project duration
- The minimum project cost is $5,000.
Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants are encouraging more girls and women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and go on to careers that make use of their STEM knowledge and skills – as scientists, researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs.
To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:
- an entity incorporated in Australia
- a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
- a government or non-government vocational education and training (VET) provider, or technical and further education (TAFE) institution
- a not for profit organisation registered, or that will register prior to receiving funding if successful, with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.
You are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if you are:
- a primary or secondary school (however, primary and secondary schools may be part of a joint application if the lead applicant is eligible)
- an individual or trust (however, a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
- a Commonwealth, state and local government agency or body (including government business enterprises other than eligible PFROs, VET providers and TAFE institutions)
- currently receiving funding through a previous round of the program.
To be eligible your project must:
- include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
- have at least $5,000 in total eligible expenditure
- take no longer than 24 months to complete
- be aimed at addressing discrimination against or inequality for girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship.
For more information on what activities and costs are eligible please refer to the Program Guidelines.
To be competitive you must score highly against all of the following merit criteria:
- Expected impact and benefits of the project (50 points)
- Demonstrated capacity and capability to carry out the project (30 points)
- Impact of grant funding on your project (20 points).
For more information on the merit criteria please refer to the Program Guidelines.
How to apply
To apply for a grant you need to complete the online Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship application form.
For assistance with the application form contact us.
How we assess applications
If your application is eligible, we will assess it against the merit criteria. All eligible applications will then be referred to a selection committee which will assess each application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to fund.
The Program Delegate decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the committee and the available grant funds.
For more information on how we assess your application please refer to section 8 of the Program Guidelines.
If your application is 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.
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.
We will make the following payments:
- For grants up to $50,000 we will pay the entire grant amount on execution of a grant agreement.
- For grants over $50,000, we will make an initial payment of up to 50 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments progressively based on your progress reports.
- For grants over $50,000, we set aside 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report demonstrating you have completed outstanding obligations for the project.
Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.
- Program guidelines
- Sample application form
- Sample grant agreement (for grants up to $50,000)
- Sample grant agreement (for grants over $50,000)
- Sample board approval letter
View the successful applicants for Round 1 of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program.