NSW Science Grants

NSW Regional Science Grants program

Funded by the NSW Department of Industry and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation 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.

Download the NSW Regional Science Hubs Terms of Reference

Current opportunities

Support for year round engagement programs

To create 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 invites Expressions of Interest from Science Hubs that are willing to develop and present civic engagement programs. We also welcome proposals from Sydney-based presenters that can commit to delivering at least five science themed events between December 2016 and December 2017.

Applications close Monday 7 November 2016

Program objectives

This program seeks to engage new audiences in discussions with scientists. We therefore welcome proposals for events that target people who may have had little exposure to scientific concepts.

We are particularly interested in supporting events 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 explore the science in controversial topics.

See examples of programs that were supported in the previous round here


This program is NOT intended to support events targeting for school audiences.

Grants of up to $7,000 are available to regional initiatives that bring together at least three of the following types of individuals and organisations to create a NSW Regional Science Hub:

  • Local scientists
  • 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.

Sydney-based presenters that can commit to delivering at least five science themed events between December 2016 and December 2017 and are willing to work collaboratively with other Inspiring Australia supported programs where appropriate are also welcome to apply for grants of up to $7,000.

As the purpose of these grants is to support year round engagement projects, one-off events will not be considered in this round.

Selection criteria

In order to receive the full amount of $7,000, grant applicants must commit to delivering at least five public outreach activities over a 12-month period.

Proposed activities must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Inspiring young people to pursue an interest or aptitude in science
  • Extending networks and partnership opportunities in the region
  • Encouraging community participation and feedback
  • Sharing science achievements and knowledge within the local community.

Funding allocations will be decided on merit and the applicant’s ability to meet the selection criteria. First time applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Executive Committee may elect not to provide the full funds requested. In this case we will contact you to discuss your proposal in order to ensure that you are willing to proceed with your program despite reduced funding.

For further information about upcoming funding opportunities, please contact Jackie Randles, Manager Inspiring Australia (NSW), on 02 9 351 5198 or by email to

Download the application form

Download the application form in WORD

Download the application from as a PDF

Past opportunities

In early 2016, funding of $40,000 was announced to support science engagement initiatives that target those aged 18-35. Find out more about the 2016 year round engagement grant recipients.

The 2016 NSW Regional Science Grants program closed in early April with funds of just over $80,000 awarded to support nine science engagement initiatives. Find out about the 2016 science grant recipients

In 2015, grants of just under $80,000 were made to NSW Regional Science Hubs to support science engagement initiatives. Find out about the 2015 science grant recipients.