NSW Regional Science Grants program

Funded by NSW Trade & Investment and the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science, the NSW Regional Science Grants program aims to further develop the network of NSW Regional Science Hubs, local partnerships that bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile science events in NSW.

See the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference for more information.

In 2015, grants of just under $80,000 were made to NSW Regional Science Hubs to support science engagament initiatives held during National Science Week (15-23 August 2015) and at other times of the year. Find out more about the 2015 grant recipients

The next NSW Regional Science Grants round will be announced in March 2016. Inspiring Australia’s long-term vision for NSW Regional Science Hubs is to build enduring partnerships that in time can become self-sustaining. All grant applicants will therefore be asked to consider how they intend to become self-supporting in the longer term.

Support for year round science engagement programs

To build year-round science engagement programs and pathways between all the various science outreach activities that may be underway in a region, the NSW Executive Committee for Inspiring Australia and National Science Week is calling for Expressions of Interest from Science Hubs that are willing to develop and present civic engagement programs. Applicants can apply for $5,000 to support the delivery of at least three public events in the community.

Program objectives

This initiative seeks to engage new audiences in discussions with scientists. We are therefore seeking proposals that target people who may have had little exposure to scientific concepts. We are particularly interested in supporting science engagagement initiatives that target those aged 18-35 and are presented in community environments that do not typically feature talks by scientists. We also encourage proposals for initiatives that seek to involve scientists in discussions around controversial topics.


This program is NOT intended to support events targeting school audiences. Rather, initiatives should target community members.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to initiatives that bring together at least three of the following types of individuals and organisations to create a NSW Regional Science Hub:

  • Local scientists and engineers
  • Local government (e.g. councils, National Parks and Wildlife services, youth and family services)
  • Business associations and chambers of commerce
  • Universities and TAFE colleges
  • Arts and community organisations
  • Local clubs and societies

Initiatives that are collaborative, involve multiple partnerships and can show evidence of other sources of funding towards the proposed program of activity will be highly regarded.

All applicants must be committed to either founding or joining their region's Science Hub. One-off events from groups that do not have an intention of continuing to work together in the longer term will not be considered. First time applicants are advised to check whether there is an existing NSW Regional Science Hub in their region and to make contact with the lead organisation.

Applicants are advised to discuss their proposal with the Manager Inspiring Australia Jackie Randles ph: 02 9351 5198

Expressions of interest must be received by Monday 30 November 2016

Download the guidelines and application form

Download the EOI form in WORD
Download the EOI form as a PDF