2015 NSW Regional Science Grants program now open

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 from $2,000 to $10,000 are available to NSW Regional Science Hubs to support science engagament initiatives that will be held during National Science Week (15-23 August 2015) and at other times of the year. Hubs intending to apply for funding for events held as part of National Science Week in addition to funding for events at other times of the year should complete two application forms. See guidelines below.

In addition, expressions of interest are invited for a one-off grant payment of $25,000 to support a major Sydney initiative and launch event to be held as part of National Science Week.

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 8 April 20015

Selection criteria

Each of the three application forms below sets out guidelines and eligibility criteria that we ask you to read carefully. Any questions can be emailed to

Events and activities run by NSW Regional Science Hubs must have enduring benefits and 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
  • Sustaining future science activity without significant grant funding.

All applicants must be committed to either founding or joining their region's 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.

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. While funds cannot be used to pay for the time of in-house staff, consideration will be granted for payment of sole contractors, performers and presenters.

National Science Week grants

The 2015 NSW National Science Week Grants program aims to support events presented by NSW Regional Science Hubs during National Science Week (15 – 23 August 2015). Applicants seeking funding for events to be held as part of National Science Week should complete this form.

Download the application form (Word)
Download the application form (PDF)

Events held outside of National Science Week

The 2015 NSW Regional Science Grants program aims to support year round events presented by NSW Regional Science Hubs. Applicants seeking funding for events to be held OUTSIDE OF the National Science Week campaign period (15 – 23 August 2015) should complete this form.

Download the application form (Word)
Download the application form (PDF)

National Science Week Executive Committee launch allocation

In 2015 the NSW National Science Week and Inspiring Australia Executive Committee will be allocating a payment of $25,000 to one organisation to produce a high-profile launch event. Funds may be used to cover both the launch costs and other costs associated with proposed programming for National Science Week.

The Committee is interested in supporting an initiative that invites participation from the wider community, including an imaginative and entertaining launch event that is open to all. National Science Week is a wide-ranging event with lots of participants and stakeholders. The launch should reflect this diversity by making an effort to include numerous science stakeholders and avoid dominance from the host organisation.

We’re not looking for a formal event full of speeches. Instead we’d like to see a line up of creative and entertaining presentations that showcase some of the engaging science activities that will be on offer throughout the National Science Week campaign across Sydney. We’d also like the launch to attract media interest.

Please read the guidelines set out in the application form below for more information.

Download the application form (Word)
Download the application form (PDF)

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