National Science Week Grants

The National Science Week Grants is an annual open funding round that supports the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week. The next National Science Week will be held from 12 – 20 August 2017.

  • Status: Closed
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


National Science Week is Australia's major national celebration of the sciences in August each year. National Science Week provides high profile science engagement activities across the nation. It is also an important opportunity for the science community to celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world.

The Australian Government supports National Science Week in a variety of ways, including through the National Science Week Grants.

National Science Week Grants helps provide nationwide science engagement activities in which the wider community can participate. It does this by:

  • providing funding to eligible and meritorious high profile projects across all states and territories
  • supporting projects that stimulate and leverage further contributions by organisations across Australia
  • supporting projects which target new and under-served audiences
  • engaging Indigenous Australians in National Science Week activities.

An open competitive funding round will be held once a year to provide funding to support science engagement activities that will take place during National Science Week, or where appropriate, in the week before or after National Science Week.

What support or funding is available?

Funding of up to $2 million over 4 years ($500,000 each year) will be available from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

The value of your project must exceed the grant you are seeking. You must have some additional funding or in-kind contributions to support your project.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • an individual over 18 years of age
  • an organisation with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (as defined in Appendix A of the Programme Guidelines)

Other Commonwealth Government agencies or bodies cannot apply.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is eligible.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your project must:

  • be directed towards a science-related activity that will be conducted in Australia during National Science Week, or where appropriate, in the week before or after National Science Week
  • address one or more of the following purposes:
    • draw the nation's attention towards the sciences
    • spark broad interest and engagement in the sciences
    • provide an opportunity for all Australians to participate in science events and activities
    • foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry
    • trial new and innovative science communication activities
  • involve attendance or participation by the general public
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.

Your project can include activities at multiple locations, as long as all locations are within Australia.

School-based projects are not usually eligible. Please discuss your project with us before submitting an application for a school-based project.

For more information on what activities and costs are eligible, go to Section 4 of the National Science Week Grants Programme Guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

We will judge applications against the following three Merit Criteria:

  • The reach and impact of the project (50 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (30 points)
  • The value for money offered by your project (20 points)

For more information, go to Section 5 of the Programme Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Before applying you should read and understand the:

  • Programme Guidelines and
  • sample letter of approval.

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 the eligibility criteria will proceed to a merit assessment. An independent National Science Week Grants Committee will assess eligible applications against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in the funding round.

To support a spread of projects, the Committee will also take into account the fields of science being demonstrated and the state or territory the projects will be occurring in.

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?

We will send you a letter to advise you of the outcome.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 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.

Key documents

Programme Guidelines

Programme Guidelines


Sample Letter of Approval

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