Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

At a glance

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Provides organisations with grants of between $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must have an ABN and be one of the following:

  • a primary or secondary school, registered with a state or territory authority
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an entity incorporated in Australia.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions has attracted a high level of demand and we have received enough applications to exhaust the funding for the 2017/18 financial year. As such, we have closed the grants to further applications at this time.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions aims to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

It will do this by providing grants to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible young Australians to participate in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related events.

There is a total funding pool of:

  • $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas.
  • $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place outside Australia.

The minimum grant amount per application is $1,000.

The maximum grant amount per student is:

  • $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
  • $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

The maximum grant amount per application is $20,000.

The Science Engagement element supports Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in significant STEM related activities or events in Australia and overseas. This could include support for a senior student to pitch an innovation to an entrepreneur or participate at Australian-based STEM competitions.

The International Competitions element supports talented Australian students under the age of 18 to participate in high profile STEM competitions outside Australia.

Eligibility criteria

Applicant eligibility

A sponsor organisation must apply on behalf of a student or group of students.

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

  • a primary or secondary school, registered with a state or territory authority
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an entity incorporated in Australia

To be eligible the sponsor organisation must also:

  • be applying on behalf of a student or group of students under the age of 18 (at the time of application), to attend a specific STEM event or activity that meets the requirements under the Inspiring Australia - Science Engagement programme guidelines and
  • provide confirmation from their managing board, school principal or chief executive officer (or equivalent) that:
    • the student/s attendance at the STEM event or activity is supported
    • the applicant has the capacity to meet any costs of student’s participation at the STEM event or activity not covered by grant funding
    • the student/s attendance at the event or activity is reasonably expected to proceed if the grant is provided.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is eligible and is responsible for the students’ attendance at the event.

You are not eligible to apply if:

  • the nominated student/s is already receiving support to attend the event either under this programme or from another source of Australian Government funding.

For more information on who can apply please refer to Schedule 3, Section 21 of the Programme Guidelines.

Project eligibility

To be eligible your project must involve:

  • the participation of a student or a group of students under the age of 18 at an eligible event
  • a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.

An eligible event must:

  • be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas
  • take place within one year of the application being submitted. The Programme Delegate may allow exceptions to this requirement if satisfied that a longer lead-time is needed (for example, for the student to register for an early bird rate at a major conference)

An event is not eligible if the sponsor organisation is required to support the student/s to attend the event as part of its normal ‘business as usual’ activities.

For more information on what types of events and costs are eligible please refer to Schedule 3, Section 21 of the Programme Guidelines.

How we assess applications

We will assess applications against the eligibility criteria in the order in which we receive them. We may ask for additional evidence to determine your eligibility.

The Programme Delegate decides which applications to approve taking into account the eligibility criteria and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is eligible, and there are funds available, you will receive a letter of approval. To receive the grant, you must enter into a grant agreement with the Australian Government. Your application and your letter of approval will form the grant agreement.

The grant agreement will state the maximum amount that you will receive. We will pay your grant funding as a single payment when the grant agreement is finalised. We will make payments to your nominated bank account.

If your application is ineligible, or unsuccessful due to lack of funding, we will notify you in writing.

Key documents

  • Programme guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample grant agreement
  • Sample board approval letter

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