Girls in STEM Toolkit

Up to $580,000 is available from the Girls in STEM Toolkit to increase female engagement and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Girls in STEM Toolkit

Girls in STEM Toolkit

The Girls in STEM Toolkit and Women in STEM Ambassador program (the program) aims to increase female engagement and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It will involve development of tools to engage and encourage school age girls into STEM study and careers, as well as providing mechanisms to engage with stakeholders, providing advice and advocating for women in STEM, and promoting action among the many existing initiatives and activities operating around Australia.



The Girls in STEM Toolkit grant opportunity will run over four years from 2018-19 to 2021-22. It will support the government’s long-term strategic approach to increasing engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a strong focus on addressing the underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM at school, university and in the workplace.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased awareness of issues affecting girls and women in STEM
  • increased visibility of initiatives and activities encouraging girls and women in STEM
  • increased engagement of stakeholders, particularly school age girls, across Australia, to drive cultural and social change for gender equity in STEM across Australia
  • increased resources on opportunities and careers in STEM.

This program will support implementation of Australia’s international obligations under the Convention of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).



The objectives of the grant opportunity are:

  • assist girls to understand the diverse types of careers undertaking STEM education can lead to, including non-technical and non-traditional roles
  • assist girls to match their interests to a range of careers arising from STEM education
  • enable girls to understand study pathways to work towards STEM careers of interest
  • assist parents, teachers, career counsellors and other influencers to effectively explain opportunities in STEM and the types of careers that can arise from STEM education.



There will be a single grant of up to $580,000 for development of the Girls in STEM Toolkit. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

The maximum grant period is four years, with funding available in line with the following profile:

  • 2018-19 – $400,000
  • 2019-20 – $60,000
  • 2020-21 – $60,000
  • 2021-22 – $60,000


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • design, develop and deliver a Girls in STEM Toolkit
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • activities supporting the development of the Girls in STEM Toolkit including research, design, and production activities
  • developing and delivering workshops and other events related to the project (including travel costs for key participants)
  • developing, delivering and distributing education activities and materials (including software and website development)
  • ongoing maintenance and promotion activities for the toolkit.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • direct labour costs of employees you directly employ on the core elements of the project. We consider a person an employee when you pay them a regular salary or wage, out of which you make regular tax instalment deductions
  • contract expenditure (i.e. the cost of any agreed project activities that you contract to others)
  • domestic travel, limited to the reasonable cost of accommodation and transportation required to conduct agreed project activities in Australia
  • research costs to help support the project outcomes
  • communication and promotional costs directly related to the project
  • operation and maintenance costs related directly to the project
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure up to a maximum of 1 per cent of total eligible project expenditure
  • other eligible expenditure as approved by the Program Delegate (an AusIndustry general manager or manager with responsibility for the program).

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • be invited to apply
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.



Applications close 12 July 2018.


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