NSW Regional 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.