Australia's Chief Scientist

Inspiring Australia grants now open

The Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia strategy has just announced a competitive grants round to support projects for the next three years.

The ‘Unlocking Australia’s Potential’ grants aim to increase the science literacy of Australians, work ing  towards a scientifically engaged Australia and  to target people who may not have had interest in or access to science engagement activities in the past.

The grant guidelines encourage a broad mix of innovative projects and activities – from small one off projects by individuals through to larger projects by cooperative groups of organisations over the three year period.

Applications are requested in the following categories:

  • Small Grants – up to $5000 (GST exclusive) over the duration of the project – typically to individuals or small organisations for delivering innovative science engagement activities.
  • Medium Grants – up to $45 000 (GST exclusive) over three years – to organisations for delivering high impact science engagement projects at a regional or national level.
  • Large Grants – up to $500 000 (GST exclusive) over three years – to organisations, in partnership with other organisations, for delivering high impact and nationally significant science engagement projects.

Applications will be accepted up to the deadline of February 29, 2012.

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