Up to $10,000 is available from the Engaging Science Grants to support projects, events and activities that increase the reach and impact of science in Queensland.
Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants
The Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants are part of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Science—a strategy with a vision to create a Queensland population that engages in and recognises, supports and advocates for science.
The grants are designed to support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to develop and deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision.
A recent survey, Queenslanders’ Perception and Attitudes to Science, commissioned by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist (OQCS) demonstrates that 74% of Queenslanders are interested in science and 72% believe that science is critical for the state’s economy.
However, 45% believe there is not enough information or news about science available and 47% expressed their concern about the limited science-based activities in their area.
Queenslanders are eager for more activities and this is particularly prominent in regional and remote areas. Grant applications for events or activities in regional areas will be highly regarded.
Advance Queensland focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs. This includes investing in science and innovation in order to:
- build Queensland’s reputation and capacity to conduct innovative research and development
- deliver new products and services for Queenslanders
- establish new industries that will provide jobs for the future.
Grants up to $10,000 (excluding GST) are available for projects, events and activities delivered within a 12 month timeframe.
The Engaging Science Grants are offered to increase the reach of science in Queensland. To help achieve this objective applicants may like to consider delivering one the following activities:
- a school community event/activity/research project involving students, teachers and parents
- a citizen science project, e.g. a scientist or researcher engages and collaborates with the local community to gather data for a scientific project (this project can also be instigated by an individual or community group)
- an open house, e.g. invite the local community to a conducted tour of your scientific premises
- a media or social media campaign e.g. animation/video production and distribution via social media channels
- an event, seminar or workshop e.g. science communication training for researchers of an activity connecting scientists with community groups to promote Queensland scientists and science programs.
All ideas will be considered, however, funding will not be provided in cases where a similar project with similar outcomes is already underway. Applicants can check for existing projects, events or activities by conducting an Internet search or by viewing a list of STEM engagement and communication activities on the OQCS website
The Engaging Science Grants funds will be used only on eligible costs such as:
- labour—fees for guest speakers and specialist contractors
- production—materials, hire fees, venue catering
- marketing, media and promotions—printing of marketing materials and advertisements
- administration—permit fees, insurance
- other associated and relevant costs directly attributable to the delivery of the science engagement and communication project, event or activity.
- be Queensland-based with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- address at least one of the Engaging Queenslanders in Science strategy’s four goals:
- STEM participation—to increase the number of students participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
- Public engagement—to increase engagement and participation of the Queensland community in science-based activities.
- Scientist engagement—to increase the number of scientists directly engaging with the Queensland community.
- Public awareness—to increase awareness and understanding of the great science taking place in Queensland.
The grants are open to profit and not-for-profit organisations.
Applications close 31 May 2018.