National Science Week: national grants

The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports National Science Week through an annual competitive grants program.

A total of $500 000 was awarded nationally in 2017, with grants ranging from $2000- $25 000 per project . Successful awardees were announced by Minister Arthur Sinodinos in February 2017.

The successful 2017 projects in South Australia were:

Indigenous Scientists in the Media
Australian Science Media Centre

The project will involve a media training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scientists to support their participation in National Science Week 2017 through mainstream and new media channels. The main objective is to trigger coverage of indigenous scientists and their research during August.
The project will also present positive role models and showcase STEM jobs for indigenous children deciding on careers.

Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project
Muhammad Akbar Hussain

Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project (SCOOP) is a mobile astronomical observatory, designed and built to promote astronomy among communities and launched in August 2016. The observatory is equipped with a computerised telescope and can travel to distant communities. The project will involve further outreach events, planned to include Port Augusta, Broken Hill, Mildura and smaller towns around the Adelaide region.

Naracoorte Caves Connection – fossils, world heritage and more
Naracoorte Lucindale Council

What secrets of Australia’s past animals are hidden in the Naracoorte Caves? And what’s the science of this World Heritage site? A free event for schools and members of the public in the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and surrounding areas, offering a range of concurrent activities on one day running for around 45 minutes each. Activities will explore the science of Naracoorte Caves, how this relates to the geography and story of the Limestone Coast, and other agricultural and environmental science topics relevant to the region.

Coding is Cool
Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre

The project aims to engage audiences in interactive coding workshops. The workshops will be delivered from the Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre and libraries across the City of Salisbury. The project has three target groups being children, youth, and youth with autism spectrum disorder.

SCINEMA International Film Festival Community Screening Program
The Royal Institution of Australia

Each year SCINEMA International Science Film Festival celebrates the best in science film and screens to audiences around Australia. The Festival attracts entries from film makers around the world. Community Screenings take place during National Science Week. Any interested organisation, school or community group can register and host their own free screening of a curated SCINEMA film playlist.


Applications for the 2017 National Science Week Grants are now closed.

Guidelines, FAQs and more information is available at Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Prepare by reading tips in  National Science Week ‘Grant Application Writing 101.’