NSW Science Grants

Support for Sydney Science Festival events

Sydney Science Festival runs from to 11-21 August 2016 as part of National Science Week. The festival is organised by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences with input from dozens of event partners across the city. The NSW Inspiring Australia and National Science Week Executive Committee is offering up to $5,000 to organisations that intend to present public events as part of Sydney Science Festival 2016.

The objective of this funding is to support a small number of high-profile events to deliver accessible, entertaining and educational experiences that are open to the general public as part of Sydney Science Festival. The Executive Committee is interested in supporting initiatives that invite participation from the wider community, including those who may not have participated in National Science Week programs in the past.

Browse the full Sydney Science Festival 2015 program.


Grants are available to organisations that have NOT received 2016 funding from National Science Week or Inspiring Australia to support initiatives that will attract at least 500 people as part of Sydney Science Festival.

Applications must be received by COB Monday 23 May 2016.

Selection criteria

To ensure compelling science, technology, engineering and maths engagement, funding allocations will be assessed against Sydney Science Festival’s four selection criteria:

  • relevance
  • quality
  • engagement
  • feasibility

The Executive Committee will award funding based on an applicant's ability to meet the above selection criteria. First time applicants are encouraged to apply.

Funding amounts

Applicants that meet the selection criteria can apply for funds of $2,000 to $5,000 to support the delivery of their Sydney Science Festival activities

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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.

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.

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