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What is the Engaging Science Grants?
The Engaging Science Grants is a program that provides funding of up to $20,000 to events, activities and projects that increase public participation in STEM-based science.
The Engaging Science Grants are open to applicants whose projects address one or more of the Engaging Queenslanders in science strategy’s goals:
- increase student participation in STEM subjects and promote STEM careers
- increase community participation in citizen science to grow scientific literacy and contribute to scientific discovery
- increase awareness of Queensland’s great science and grow opportunities for engagement with scientists.
The Engaging Science Grants are offered to increase participation in science-based activities and engagement between scientists and the community.
Events and activities that inspire students to study STEM subjects, promote STEM careers, and engage the wider community to increase awareness of the amazing science happening in Queensland, as well as projects including citizen science that grow engagement with scientists may be submitted.
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Grants of up to $20,000 each (excluding GST) are available to support applicants deliver events, activities or projects for up to 12-months.
To be eligible for the Engaging Science Grants, the applicant’s project must engage Queenslanders in science – such as events, activities, educational workshops or other science engagement projects including citizen science.
Events and projects need to be delivered within a 12-month period.
The types of activities eligible for the Engaging Science Grants include, but are not limited to:
- delivering student (primary, secondary and tertiary) events, activities or citizen science projects involving students, teachers and others
- organising open houses e.g. invite the local community to a conducted tour of your scientific premises
- providing events, seminars or workshops that connect scientists with community groups to promote Queensland scientists and science programs
- delivering part of a new citizen science project or enhancing an existing citizen science project
- enhancing existing technology or use of new technology by participants as part of the engagement activities
- creating training resources and then using them in engagement activities.
Projects that engage a wide group of stakeholders, or target under-represented groups such as First Nations people, and girls and women or disadvantaged groups, or involve Queenslanders from regional or remote areas, and show a self-sustaining component will be looked upon favourably.
- the project must not place an unreasonable financial burden on participants nor hold activities that generate a profit
- citizen science projects must:
- meet the definition of citizen science as “public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge”
- share results publicly, contribute to open data (where applicable) and acknowledge the contribution of citizen scientists in any publications.
An applicant can only apply for one (1) grant per project. An applicant may lodge multiple grant applications providing these are for different projects.
Applications should be completed and submitted electronically via the Queensland Government website. The online lodgement process is hosted via a secure site and application documentation will remain strictly confidential.
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To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must have an address located in Queensland, such as an office, chapter or campus. Applicants must also have current public liability insurance and an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Recipients of other government or non-government grants are eligible to apply, however the applicant must report any cash contribution towards the project in the application form (budget section).
Collaboration between institutions e.g. organisations, research institutes, media organisations or community groups will be highly regarded, as will activities that involve co-contribution (cash or in-kind) to the project.
Applications close 6 March 2023.