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Citizen Science Grants

The Citizen Science Grants program provides funding for projects that involve community participation in scientific research.


What do you get?

Grants of $50,000 to $500,000 for science research projects.

Who is this for?

Australian organisations with a science research project that will involve public participation.


Citizen Science Grants provides opportunities for the public to participate in scientific research projects that have a national impact. 

Participants will be able to take part in scientific research in a range of ways, including:

  • collecting and analysing data
  • formulating questions
  • organising research teams

Research projects are expected to be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data. the data will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community and the public.

Participants will benefit by:

  • learning new skills
  • forming new networks
  • being acknowledged for their participation
  • getting updates on research projects that they participate in


What are the eligibility criteria?

To apply, you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an organisation incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible research organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (defined in Appendix A of the program guidelines)
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

We encourage joint applications, provided you have an eligible lead applicant who is the main driver of the project.

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How do you apply?

The Citizen Science Grants program is currently closed to applications.

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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

View a list of Citizen Science grant recipients

Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

Citizen Science Grants is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. This aims to:

  • engage the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities like National Science Week
  • support public recognition, national awareness and pride in our best scientists and innovators
  • effectively communicate key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • build skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities

Find out what other grants are available under the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.

Key documents

Citizen Science Grants fact sheet

Citizen Science Grants eligible expenditure guide

Citizen Science Grants sample grant agreement