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

The 2017 program aims to support events presented by NSW Regional Science Hubs during National Science Week (12-20 August 2017) and at other times of the year. Applicants that meet the selection criteria can apply for funds of $2,000 to $10,000 to support the delivery of science engagament activities in their community.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00PM Monday 4 April 2017


This program is designed to deliver science engagement in the general community - it is therefore NOT intended to support events targeting school audiences. Grants of up to $10,000 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.

Selection criteria

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 forms

If your proposed event will be held in or around National Science Week (12-20 August 2017), please use this application form:

Download the National Science Week grant application form in WORD
Download the National Science Week grant application form as a PDF

If your proposed event will be presented at another time of the year, please use this application form:

Download the NSW Regional Science Grant application form in WORD
Download the NSW Regional Science Grant application form as a PDF

Previous grant applicants

The 2016 NSW Regional Science Grants program awarded funds of $80,000 to support nine science engagement initiatives including during National Science Week. 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 a range of science engagement initiatives in the community. Find out about the 2015 science grant recipients.

National Science Week 2017 NSW Executive Committee Allocation

Sydney Science Festival runs from to 8 to 20 August 2017 as part of National Science Week (12-20 August). In order to make the Festival more accessible to a wider group of Sydneysiders, the NSW Inspiring Australia and National Science Week Executive Committee is offering up to $25,000 to a major organisation that can present a large scale, welcoming public event in the greater Sydney region that will attract families and people of all ages.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00PM Thursday 20 April 2017

Purpose of this funding

The main objective of this funding is to create an accessible and entertaining educational experience in the greater Sydney region that has the potential to attract audiences that may not have participated in National Science Week programs in the past. Above all, these funds are intended to attract audiences that may not see a Science Festival as something for them, and are looking for something affordable and fun to do on the weekend.

What kind of events will be considered?

We are looking to replicate the success of popular, free events like Science in the Swamp presented by Centennial Parklands and Jurassic Garden held at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mt Annan.

There is clearly a great public demand for these kinds of large scale family-friendly events.

When Jurassic Garden was presented at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mt Annan for the first time last year, more than 60,000 people expressed interested in attending. Due to the availability of amenities and car parking, the event had to be capped at 5,000.

For the past four years, Science in the Swamp has typically attracted more than 10,000 people. This free day of science engagement targets people of all ages and involves participation by multiple organisations, from universities and research institutes to science demonstrators and theatre presenters. It operates as a drop in, easy to get to event for families and presents science engagement events that are educational as well as entertaining.


Inspiring Australia can put successful applicants in touch with experienced science event producers who have agreed to assist them to source presenters and develop an engaging and welcoming program. We have successful models to follow.

What the funds can be used for

The funding can be used to pay sole contractors, performers and presenters and to cover production, publicity and marketing expenses. Applicants will be required to submit a full budget that sets out proposed expenditure.


Inspiring Australia wishes to create more large scale, free family friendly events for people who don’t ordinarily participate in National Science Week. For this reason, we are limiting applications to established presenters with potential to attract participation of at least 5,000 people and adequate facilities to cater to large audiences.

In order to qualify, applicants must therefore be able to provide parking for at least 2,000 cars, demonstrate easy access to public transport and have adequate toilets and other amenities including food and beverage services and security.

We especially welcome applications from sporting facilities, local government and popular entertainment venues that have proven experience in delivering large scale public events. Applications from Western Sydney and outlying suburbs will be highly regarded.

How to express your interest

Organisations that meet the above selection criteria and wish to express interest in applying for this grant allocation should contact the Inspiring Australia Manager by to request an application form.

All applications must be received by COB Thursday 20 April 2017. Applicants will be notified of the results by Monday 24 April 2017.