Up to $500,000 is available to support scientific research projects that have a national impact.

Citizen Science Grants


Citizen Science Grants are competitive grants to support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact. Participants will be able to take part in scientific research projects by a range of means, including collecting and analysing data, formulating questions and organising research teams. Research projects are expected to be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data that will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community and the public. Participants will be empowered by learning new skills, forming new networks, being acknowledged for their participation, and by receiving updates on their participation in specific research projects



The Citizen Science Grants element was announced as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda – Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Australian Government will provide funding of up to $4 million over 4 years ($1 million per year) from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for Citizen Science Grants.



The Citizen Science Grants element aims to provide opportunities for the public to engage in science by participating in scientific research projects that include the collection or transformation of data in Australia.



The minimum grant amount is $50,000 and the maximum grant amount is $500,000.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be a scientific research project
  • include either data collection or transformation of data as an eligible activity
  • include eligible expenditure
  • involve participation by members of the public – that is, participation is not restricted to scientists specialising in the relevant subject matter
  • include a core activity or core activities that take place in Australia.

You must also:

  • commit to share results publicly and comply with open science principles. You may identify proprietary materials that would not be published, by exemption
  • identify how you will evaluate the performance of your project
  • commit to conform to the principles outlined in the NHMRC/ARC/UA Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) and successor documents
  • commit to conform to the following if applicable and their successor documents:
    • the NHMRC/ARC/UA National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2015)
    • NHMRC Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (2003)
    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (2012)
    • Australia Council for the Arts Indigenous Cultural Protocols for Producing Indigenous Music; Writing; Visual Arts; Media Arts; and Performing Arts (2007)
    • the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (2013) endorsed by the NHMRC, the ARC, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and UA.

The project must not place an unreasonable financial burden on citizen participants.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN)11 and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible research organisation as defined in Appendix A
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in Appendix A
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

You must also provide confirmation from the applicant’s governing Board or faculty head (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no Board) that the project is supported, and that the applicant can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.



Applications close 17 February 2017.


More Information

  • Source
  • Citizen Science Grants Guidelines
  • Citizen Science Grants Factsheet