Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

The Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme supports a range of science communication and engagement activities to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community across Australia.

  • Status: Open
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, released the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme Guidelines on 19 October 2016.

The programme forms part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda - Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It will provide funding from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for a range of activities that will be delivered under the Inspiring Australia banner.

The Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme seeks to achieve:

  • engagement of the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities and events such as National Science Week
  • public recognition and national awareness and pride in the achievements of our best scientists and innovators
  • effective communication on key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • enhanced focus on building skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities.

Funding will be available for hands-on learning activities, prizes and awards for STEM, opportunities to compete internationally in the STEM arena, and initiatives aimed at inspiring the broader community to develop digital literacy and public engagement with STEM.

The programme includes the following elements which offer grants or prizes through open application processes:

National Science Week Grants that supports the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week.

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Australia’s pre-eminent annual awards for outstanding achievement in science and science teaching.

Maker Projects that aim to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning in Australian schools and communities through two streams.

Maker Projects Stream A assists with the establishment of maker spaces in schools where students can apply their STEM knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills, and gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies.

Maker Projects Stream B helps organisations to hold STEM-related events and education activities. These events are delivered in partnership with industry and aimed at youth under 18 years of age.

Citizen Science Grants which provide competitive grants for nationally significant citizen science projects.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions which assist Australian students under the age of 18 to participate in a range of science engagement activities and events including participation in international competitions.

For more information go to the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme Guidelines.

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