Citizen Science Grants

Citizen Science Grants is an element of the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement Programme. It provides grants on a competitive basis to support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.

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Citizen Science Grants is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme that aims to provide opportunities for the public to engage in science by participating in scientific research projects that include the collection or transformation of data in Australia.

It does this by providing grants that support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.

Participants will be able to take part in scientific research projects by a range of means, including collecting and analysing data, formulating questions and organising research teams. Research projects are expected to be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data that will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community and the public.

Participants will be empowered by learning new skills, forming new networks, being acknowledged for their participation, and by receiving updates on their participation in specific research projects.

We will assess applications on a competitive basis in a series of rounds.

What support or funding is available?

Ongoing funding of $1 million per year is available.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

Who can apply?

Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible research organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) (as defined in Appendix A of the Programme Guidelines)
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

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 Commonwealth or state/territory agency or body that does not undertake publicly funded research
  • an individual or trust (however, a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

For more information on applicant eligibility, please see the Programme Guidelines.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your project must:

  • be a research project in a field of science
  • include either data collection or transformation of data as an eligible activity
  • involve participation by members of the public in either data collection or data transformation activities - that is, participation is not restricted to scientists specialising in the relevant subject matter
  • include a core activity or core activities that take place in Australia
  • have a maximum duration of 3 years
  • include a minimum of $50,000 in eligible expenditure.

You must also:

  • commit to share results publicly and comply with open science principles
  • identify how you will evaluate the performance of your project
  • commit to conform to the ethical guidelines and codes of conduct listed in the Programme Guidelines
  • not place an unreasonable financial burden on citizen participants.
  • For more information on what activities and costs are eligible, go to Schedule 1, Section 4 of the Programme Guidelines

What are the merit criteria?

We will assess applications against the following three Merit Criteria:

  • The reach and impact of the project (40 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (30 points)
  • Your need for funding (30 points)
  • For more information on the Merit Criteria, go to Schedule 1, Section 5 of the Programme Guidelines.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application at the I’m ready to apply tab.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46.

How will you assess my application?

Applications that meet eligibility will proceed to a merit assessment. We will establish a departmental committee to assess eligible applications against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in your funding round.

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

How will I know if I am successful?

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful, you must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.

We will make an initial payment when the grant agreement has been signed by both parties. We will make subsequent payments based on your progress reports.

We will set aside five per cent of the grant (or $5,000 whichever is greater) for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

We will make payments to your nominated bank account.

Key documents

Programme Guidelines

Programme Guidelines


Eligible Expenditure Guide

Eligible Expenditure Guide

Sample low risk grant agreement

Sample low risk grant agreement

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