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Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE)

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship

What is the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship?

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) is a program that will invest in gender equity initiatives aiming for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

 

Background

The Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and Entrepreneurship program was announced under the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Advancing Women in STEM. In 2017, the National Science Statement articulated the Government’s commitment to science including the importance of STEM skills as vital building blocks for Australia’s future prosperity and wellbeing. With rapid technological change driving new workforce needs, STEM skills play an important role in
innovation and the creation of new businesses and technologies.

To deliver on the aims of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program, this round will only support projects in these specific focus areas:

  • Information technology (IT)
  • Engineering
  • Intersectionality
  • Entrepreneurship

 

Objectives

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program objectives are to:

  • increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers
  • increase awareness and participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers
  • stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program’s intended outcomes are:

  • increased awareness of the range of opportunities in STEM for girls and women arising from STEM education
  • increased number of girls and women participating in STEM education and careers, through primary and secondary school, higher education, and the workforce
  • increased awareness and participation by girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem such as innovative businesses, start-ups and other entrepreneurial activities and careers
  • increased number of women role models in the STEM and entrepreneurial sectors
  • increased evidence base for future policies by providing data on girls’ and women’s participation in STEM education and careers and entrepreneurship
  • increased strategies for improving gender equity in STEM-based organisations.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has committed a total of $14 million over 10 years for the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program. For this round, up to $2 million is available from 2020-21 to 2021-22.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage)

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $250,000.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program, your project must:

  • not have been previously funded through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program, or be the same as other previously funded WISE projects
  • address at least one focus area: information technology; engineering; intersectionality or entrepreneurship identified at section 2.1 of the guidelines
  • be aimed at addressing discrimination against, or inequality for, girls and women in STEM and/or entrepreneurship by:
    • increasing awareness and participation of girls and Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship education and careers, including in schools through to university and the research sector; or
    • increasing participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers; or
    • stimulating an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure
  • have a COVID-19 contingency plan that does not involve an increase in grant amount requested.

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

  • developing and delivering change management programs and industry transformation activities
  • developing and delivering training and support programs for women in STEM and entrepreneurship to enter or return to work
  • developing and delivering education and professional development activities to reduce cognitive biases (e.g. gender, race, class and sexual orientation) in investment decisionmaking
  • developing and delivering STEM and entrepreneurship education and professional development activities and resources, including courses and training to help employers retain women in STEM careers
  • developing and delivering regional or national networking and mentoring programs, and other forums (including travel costs of up to 10 per cent of total project costs for key participants such as keynote speakers or role models)
  • research and evaluation activities directly in support of the activities above

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program, you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) or publicly funded research agency (PFRA) as defined in section 14
  • a government or non-government vocational education and training (VET) provider as defined in section 14, or technical and further education (TAFE) institution
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the Grant opportunity guidelines.

 

Timing

Applications close 17 November 2020.

 

More Information

 

Round 3

Recipient org/sProject descriptionGrant (exc GST)Expected total investment (exc GST)Project location
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research OrganisationThe project will empower Indigenous women and rangers to engage with digital technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis to adaptively manage their lands, drawing on our award-winning Healthy Country AI research. In collaboration with Indigenous women and rangers, the team will co-design micro-credential modules that will enable young girls and women to be trained to use the Healthy Country AI process. This will improve participants’ digital literacy and empower them to translate digital skills into job opportunities. The project will also provide vital clues about how science organisations can catalyse innovation and digital inclusion for the benefit of all Australians.$248,804$319,152NT and QLD
Engineers Without Borders Australia LtdEngineers Without Borders Outreach program provides an experience of the engineering profession that is essential to, and active in, creating equitable, sustainable solutions for people and the planet; a message that resonates with and inspires girls. This message also engages other diverse cohorts. Outreach modules are hands-on, creative and designed to illustrate the humanitarian nature of an industry often misunderstood as purely technical. Modules are delivered by trained volunteers, of which in 2019, 60% were women. This project will increase the accessibility and efficiency of the program for greater reach to girls, and will highlight engineering as a values aligned, socio-technical profession, to bring more diversity to the profession.$249,231$377,563VIC
Food Futures Company Pty LtdThe project addresses the interconnected barriers experienced by Indigenous women that are constraining their participation in the native ag+food sector. This rapidly growing sector presents significant entrepreneurship and STEM career opportunities that merges ancient knowledge with modern science. Project design covers three stages of career development: senior school years; university & TAFE; and native ag+food entrepreneurs and business owners. Project outcomes include increased awareness and capability; increased participation by Indigenous women in entrepreneurial businesses; Indigenous female role models; an Entrepreneurship Pathways Framework; and a Business Plan aimed at securing longer term funding, sponsorship and investment.$250,000$360,000NSW, WA, SA, QLD, NT and VIC
Robogals LtdThis project will deliver a comprehensive capability-building program to support primary school teachers to engage and inspire young girls in engineering, IT and related digital technologies. Robogals will collaborate with teachers, STEM pedagogy experts and engineering professionals to co-design digital resources, lesson plans, classroom activities and teacher professional learning workshops to link curriculum outcomes to real-world applications of engineering, IT and digital technologies, and provide access to visible women role-models. We will also develop training resources to combat unconscious bias and gender stereotyping in the primary classroom$249,400$539,400VIC and ACT
The Creative Co-operation Pty LtdThe “Anyone Can” project will drive gender equity by building a pipeline of intersectional (specifically Women Of Colour) entrepreneurs in the innovation ecosystem (including from STEM backgrounds). The project will drive lasting systemic change by targeting systemic barriers impacting participation of WoC/girls. Firstly via role-modelling- through storytelling (videography), the project will showcase successful WoC entrepreneurs and a directory of 1K+ WoC entrepreneurs. Secondly, via activation- WoC are not at the same starting line. The project will deliver intersectional, cultural, age-appropriate education (mindset, business, STEM), events and pathways for 100 WoC/girls to close the gap and enter entrepreneurship/STEM education/careers.$250,000$513,240VIC
University of CanberraOur project aims to engage and excite schoolgirls and mentors in the biomedical engineering field of biomechanics at two critical points where girls and early career biomechanists disengage with engineering pathways. Through our 100-day Biomechanics Research and Innovation Challenge (BRInC), 100 Australian high school girls from diverse backgrounds will work with 25 early career female biomechanists to develop their own biomechanics story. BRInC aims to inspire girls to develop an interest in biomechanics, as well as provide awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities associated with this unique field. Concurrently, our program will build an inclusive and supportive professional network of Australian women in biomechanics.$243,656$356,357ACT, VIC and QLD
Workforce Plus IncChange Makers of Gippsland is aiming to facilitate a sustainable partnership between secondary schools, the newly formed Australian Renewables Academy and local industry in the Wellington and East Gippsland areas of Victoria. Change Makers will introduce young women and girls to STEM, and, through collaboration and action learning, provide opportunities to co-design and develop solutions to real STEM based problems and entrepreneurship challenges. These challenges will be locally relevant and place-based and will be proposed by the emerging renewable energy and circular economy industries, agriculture and horticulture industries and by sectors that contribute to the social wellbeing and health of the region, including to bushfire recovery.$236,600$285,600VIC
Young Change Agents LimitedLighting the Spark is a cross-generational social entrepreneurship program engaging Indigenous girls aged 14-24 and Indigenous women leaders and entrepreneurs who will act as role models, mentors, co-founders and collaborators. The initiative will see entrepreneurial education experts Young Change Agents and local Indigenous organisations team up to train local Indigenous facilitators to provide design-thinking based entrepreneurial workshops involving 300 girls and 300 women across WA, NT, NSW and QLD. The project is based on 12 months co-design with Indigenous youth and the subsequent report “Lighting the Spark in our Future Leaders” launched as part of NAIDOC Week 2020.$250,000$434,000NSW, WA,QLD and NT

Round 2

Recipient org/sProject descriptionGrant (exc GST)Expected total investment (exc GST)Project location
University of Technology SydneyThe STEAMpunk Girls project is aimed at increasing female students’ (Year 7-10) interest in STEAM and aspiration for study and career pathways in these areas. To encourage a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and entrepreneurial mindset the university will run a program with multiple touchpoints where students identify a problem in their community, learn entrepreneurial methods, and develop a STEAM based solution. It will be supported by industry partnerships and professional development for participating teachers. The project will culminate in a showcase day where students present their solutions to parents and the broader community.$250,000$390,000Ultimo, NSW 2007
Desert Support Services Pty LtdThe Martu Women in Science project will engage female Indigenous Rangers from the Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara (MKK) Indigenous Protected Area in Western Australia, and will lead a two-way science program that will be a model for how modern scientific principles and traditional ecological knowledge combined can engage Indigenous women and students in STEM education, training, employment, mentorship and leadership. The project will involve a science and training program, a ranger STEM traineeship and a Women in STEM program at Wiluna Remote Community School. Innovations and outcomes of the project will be communicated more broadly through a video and workshops.$250,000$629,108Wiluna, WA 6646
Employment Options IncThe Expanding Horizons project will engage 80 girls (aged 13-14) from low socioeconomic backgrounds to complete an experiential learning program. The program will be composed of STEM related activities and career development interventions. Families will be invited to be involved and this will allow for an increase in their understanding of STEM careers and encourage increased awareness of and support for STEM related career aspirations. The results will be collated into a suite of resources for teachers, career development professionals and families.$212,458$249,033Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Hudson Institute of Medical ResearchHudson Institute of Medical Research’s ‘Inspiring Future Women Leaders in STEM’ program offers a laboratory experience for female secondary school students from the Institute’s local community, in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The aim is to encourage more young women to consider a career in science. Over two years (2018-19), a total of 24 female students from Year 10 and 11 will work with leading female scientists in research and daily activities at the institute. Ten students will participate each year, with an additional two opportunities for female indigenous students. The two week immersion program includes exploring a scientific research project in the laboratory, seminars, events, exposure to bio-scientific technologies and forums to seek career advice from scientists and postgraduate students. The project will culminate in an event for teachers and families where students will present their research projects and experiences.$44,736$115,914Clayton, VIC 3168
The NECESSARY Group Pty LtdLocated in Tasmania, The Necessary Group Pty Ltd will run a project to help build a generation of female entrepreneurs who are capable of taking a profitable business to the global market. The project ‘Future Momentum; Building a generation of Tasmanian female entrepreneurs’ will consist of three areas; Entrepreneurial Toolbox events, peer support/online training, and an entrepreneurial training program. Participants will include female professionals, small business owners, graduates and emerging start ups.$242,700$548,760Ulverstone, TAS 7315
Quantal Bioscience Pty LtdQuantal Bioscience will design and deliver Food Science 4 Thought & Profit (FS4T&P), a 20 week program in food science and small business entrepreneurship for women in Greater Western Sydney. The project also incorporates a 6 week technical program for girls in Year 10-12. Women participants in the program will undertake laboratory training in food science microbiological and chemical techniques, complete a Food Safety Supervisors certificate, design and develop a new food product, learn from food industry and business professionals and present their product at a networking event. Students participate as laboratory assistants in new product development including mentoring by project participants. FS4T&P will also establish ongoing peer-learning and a small business network.$86,589$226,589North Parramatta, NSW 2151
Central Queensland UniversityCQUniversity Australia will run a project (Women in Agri-Tech: Increasing participation in the future of farming) to create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. Participants will take part in a Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium where they will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources. These agri-tech resources will in turn inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them. Partnering with their teachers, these female students will then have the chance to participate in a unique agri-tech accelerator competition to further develop their entrepreneurship skills.$250,000$489,120North Rockhampton, QLD 4701
Charles Sturt UniversityThe Charles Sturt University will run a program, ‘Girls in Cyber Security Advancing (GiCSA) Program’, in regional NSW. The project will address the need to involve women in the cyber security professions by focusing on education of girls in high school. Year 9-10 girls in 36 high schools will attend a series of cyber security training and awareness workshops, a cyber security challenge, followed by a leadership and entrepreneurship workshop. The aim is to influence students in high school prior to deciding on Year 11 and 12 subjects and future careers. This program will be run in regional areas such as Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Port Macquarie.$236,689$353,744Albury, NSW 2678
Monash UniversityMonash University will partner with Monash Tech School, Victorian Space and Science Education Centre, Micro:Bit, Tech Girls Movement, Hacker Exchange and Monash Generator to tailor a program to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation. 500 secondary school girls and 25 female IT students as mentors will work in teams on ideas based on the Internet of Things (the network of physical devices embedded with electronics which enables these objects to connect and exchange data). Girls will develop a project idea, prototype it, and build a viable business concept around it. The teams will receive entrepreneurship training to help further develop their ideas and the two best ideas teams will go forward to the Silicon valley-based Hacker Exchange for intensive training.$229,749$438,655Clayton, VIC 3168
Charles Darwin UniversityCharles Darwin University’s project, ‘Catalyzing collaboration for Northern Australia’s women scientists’, is to develop and launch a collaboration program of Northern Australian female scientists. Teams of women scientists will be established with other institutions to build networks and share ideas. The teams will incubate science invention, test the business case for the collaborative team’s research, and develop a business prospectus for their research. They will work with CSIRO and industry groups to attract buy-in across Australia and scope the potential for a national women’s science collaboration program$155,000$232,000Brinkin, NT 0810
Rotary Club of Corrimal IncThe Rotary Club of Corrimal Inc. will jointly run a program with Project Bucephalus which is a robotics group dedicated to the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) not-for-profit mission of inspiring young people to become involved in science and technology. The project, ‘Rocketing Girls into Robotics’, based in Wollongong NSW will run robotics workshops for girls in primary and secondary schools in the area. Eight series of workshops (2hrs/week for 9 weeks) will cover Computer Programming, Robotics, Engineering and Science. This project will provide an all-girls environment which is to encourage primary school aged girls to participate, with female secondary school girls as mentors.$51,840$97,740Corrimal, NSW 2518
Girl Guides Association of VictoriaGirl Guides Association of Victoria will run a project to identify a team of STEM leaders who will develop a workshop program for other Unit Leaders to develop their capacity to run STEM activities. With collaboration from Deakin University up to 400 Unit Leaders across Victoria will have the opportunity to attend workshops to develop STEM activities and inspire girls aged 5-17 years to be more curious about STEM. The program will include robotics, 3D printing, environmental STEM and an introduction to entrepreneurship with several camps held to encourage participation of girls. Girl Guides Victoria will promote STEM and STEM careers amongst 4,000 girls to further develop their curiosity in STEM.$32,238$37,238Docklands, VIC 3008
IntelliHQ Pty LtdINTELLIHQ Pty Ltd will address the current low level of women engaged in artificial intelligence (AI) teams. Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland it will develop a program for young women to provide them with inclusion in AI innovation and commercialisation. The project will include an online media promotion to raise awareness, provide 225 positions at a week-long camp, and create an ambassador program and mentors to assist with individual pathways into industry. High school Year 10-12, university STEM and entrepreneurship students and young female entrepreneurs in the start-up community will be the target for this program$162,200$471,200Southport, QLD 4215
Flinders University of South AustraliaFlinders University of South Australia will run an enrichment program for Year 9 female students and teachers to encourage interest in Physics and Engineering. The program will provide information across a range of industries and highlight future career opportunities. Activities will comprise monthly skills enrichment workshops that combine industry visits, and interactive mentorship with STEM role models and industry representatives. An end of project conference (3 days) for all workshop participants will be held with STEM activities such as interactive labs in robotics, engineering and physics. An industry immersion for the girls and a teachers program will also be included.$167,960$250,000Bedford Park, SA 5042
That Start Up Show Pty LtdThat Startup Show will create a production studio to run podcasts, events and TV series to support the development of entrepreneurial technologies and business startups in Australia. The project will produce ten TV episodes of a series called ‘That Startup Show’ featuring aspiring entrepreneurs pitching ideas to established entrepreneurs. The project will include the podcasts (Girl Geek Show) which will explore stories about high profile female entrepreneurs. The studio will also be used for workshops to encourage inspiring female entrepreneurs to develop their pitch and presentation skills. This will help them showcase their business and presentation skills for both TV and media channels. The target audience is 18-35 year old women with extended online distribution to include Virgin Airlines and iTunes$250,000$650,000Melbourne, VIC 3000
Cicada Innovations Pty LtdCicada Innovations Pty Ltd will host an educational course followed by a networking event which will target women studying STEM at university. ‘Project XX’ will allow female university students to explore career paths within STEM outside of academia. The target audience is female STEM undergraduates, early stage researchers and aspiring female entrepreneurs in NSW.$146,000$146,000Eveleigh, NSW 2015
Skilligence Pty LtdJunior Engineers (JE) will establish a Females in STEM Program aimed at acquiring, engaging and educating females in grades 1-10 in order to set them up for a future career in technology or tech-related fields. The JE’s will develop the curriculum to be implemented into both primary and secondary schools. Beginning in Queensland the program will be marketed nationally with the aim of reaching 150,000 students. The program will cover coding, robotics and digital technologies. The JE will also run a version of the curriculum in school holiday programs.$220,000$335,000Chapel Hill, QLD 4069
Centre for Eye Research Australia LimitedThe WILD Program is a STEM leadership course developed by women, for women. It will provide a group of Victorian mid-career women with the necessary qualifications, skills and confidence to achieve career momentum and attain senior leadership roles, particularly company directorships. By doing so, it will help to address gender disparity across the STEM sector. The WILD Program will be led by Centre for Eye Research Australia, with a project team comprising STEM professionals across Victoria.$174,900$265,900East Melbourne, VIC 3002
UAVAIR Pty Ltd‘Empowering Women in AgTech’ is a program to increase the skills and knowledge of women and girls in regional and rural QLD, NSW and Vic. UAVAIR Pty Ltd will team with ‘Smart Farms’ where robotics and wireless sensors are currently in use to improve farming and environmental outcomes. Year 9 and 10 girls will be provided with short courses and workshops in aerial robotics in agriculture, including visits to smart farms to see aerial technology in action. Young women under 25 who have completed STEM subjects will also be included in this program with two seven-day training programs held in rural aerial technology.$249,150$322,900Mayfield West, NSW 2304
Australian Academy of ScienceThe project ‘#WomenInSTEMOnline’ will promote gender equity by improving female participation in STEM conferences and panels, science and technology media, government and industry committees and boards and STEM award nominations and applications. The online portal will comprise a curated directory of 1000+ industry, academic and professional women in STEM, training and support for women on presentations, media appearances, and award applications, a national Women in STEM symposium and a gender equity toolkit for conference organisers, businesses and agencies. The project is a collaboration between the Academy of Science, CSIRO, the Australian Science Media Centre and Science and Technology Australia, and is targeted to female STEM professionals nationally.$249,175$433,712Canberra, ACT 2601
Playable Spaces Pty LtdPlayable Spaces will design and implement twelve Pop-Up STEM Playground multi-day events in communities around Australia. Re-imagined public spaces will be transformed into STEM activity hubs for trained female ‘STEM Champions’ to lead Girl First Play Sessions for pre-school and primary school-aged girls. Parents and siblings will participate with children to investigate, theorise, collaborate, problem solve, prototype and create. The project will include digital distribution of STEM Playbooks for parents to implement play-based STEM learning at home. 10,000 pre-school and primary school aged girls plus 300,000 siblings, parents, educators will be targeted in twelve Australian communities.$246,290$448,010Caringbah, NSW 2229
Federation University AustraliaThe ‘Inspire Me’ project is part of a larger project ‘Transforming Lives and Enhancing Communities’. Inspire Me Workshops will be held in regional Victoria, with the one day workshops designed to inspire young Indigenous women in Years 7 & 8 to include Maths and Sciences in their curriculum choices. Inspire Me will provide a platform for female Indigenous Communities and business leaders to share their story and work with the girls to continue their studies and realise their potential in the field of STEM or entrepreneurship. Federation University Australia has secured inspirational leaders at all three events and the project will receive support from Indigenous Business Women, Local Tertiary Students, Career Professionals, Koori Education support officers and Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience mentors$138,385$183,981Churchill, VIC 3842

Round 1

Recipient org/sProject descriptionGrant (exc GST)Expected total investment (exc GST)Project location
AINSE LimitedThe Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) will hold a school specifically for women at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The school will be targeted at 1st year University students with an emphasis on women in STEM and their career opportunities in nuclear science and engineering. AINSE will invite a female student from each of its 35 Australian University members to attend the school and experience the infrastructure and leadership roles at ANSTO, along with a mentoring program.$35,000$60,000Lucas Heights, NSW 2234
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Limited t/a Australian Academy of Technology and EngineeringThe project will produce a series of up to 20 video profiles utilising female role models in STEM industries to be integrated into the Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) program but with a focus to develop girls taking up STEM fields.$250,000$310,000Melbourne, VIC 3004
CBR Innovation Network LimitedThe project is to create an out-of-school, 10-week programme for girls in Canberra and the nearby regional area. The programme will be run four times over a two-year period and is designed to develop girls STEM skills, entrepreneurial skills and provide them with knowledge of the STEM entrepreneurial career pathways available. The activities in this project include skills workshops, career presentations, and field trips, connections with female STEM mentors, role models and speakers.$240,000$300,000Canberra, ACT 2601
Education Changemakers Pty LtdThe grant will help support a project that will focus on thirty female teachers or educators from regional areas attending three workshops and providing them with the tools required to implement change initiatives in their areas. Coaching, mentoring, online learning will also be used and case studies developed. The aim of the project is to identify the issues, develop strategies, prototyping, and leadership and impact assessments to improve tertiary enrolments’ for girls in rural areas.$112,500$260,900South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Florey Neuroscience Institute of Neuroscience and Mental HealthWomen in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP) is a collective impact initiative involving five of Australia’s largest medical research institutes, representing over 4000 scientists solving health problems in immunity, childhood disorders, brain disease and cancer. The aim of the project is to support and measure the impact of WiSPPs collective initiatives to overcome the barriers for women to excel and succeed in gaining leadership positions.$250,000$400,000Parkville, VIC 3052
GMIC Limited t/a Geelong Manufacturing CouncilThis project aims to support, promote and encourage women in manufacturing and engineering in the Geelong area. By offering a series of initiatives, presentations including guest speakers and role models, workshops, networking events and mentor training, this project will assist in the development of careers’ of women in this regional area. With a history in fabrication, Geelong is currently transitioning to high-skilled advanced manufacturing and this project is to ensure women are a significant part of this.$75,000$114,500Geelong, VIC 3220
Girl Geek Academy Pty. Ltd.The project aims to train teachers to deliver science curricula (algorithmic thinking, computational thinking, software development and coding) in schools across Australia. The project focuses on girls aged 5-8 years and consists of one-day events, on-line training and on-going support. Aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum, the goal is to increase awareness and participation of girls in STEM and entrepreneurship education at the earliest schooling opportunity.$250,000$1,201,650Melbourne, VIC 3000
Golden West Apprenticeships LimitedGolden West Apprenticeships is running a program called Engineering Girls on the Downs which aims to provide school based engineering traineeships to six girls base in the Darling Downs area of Queensland. The program is designed to help eliminate some of the barriers that exist stopping girls from pursuing STEM and entrepreneurship education and careers. Upon successful completion of the program the girls will receive a nationally recognised qualification in Certificate II in Engineering. It is expected this will allow a pathway to an engineering apprenticeship or to university, depending on their choices and desires that will emerge during the traineeship.The program will also involve female mentorship sessions run by a mentor who currently works in the industry.$55,441$55,441Roma, QLD 4455
James Cook UniversityGrant funding to support the She Flies Drone Camps: Building Northern Australia’s Drone Ecosystem. The project will focus on developing a series of camps aimed at teaching high school girls and their teachers or parents the possibilities of working with, and flying drones from design and coding through to flying and finally using photography to create maps.$249,075$465,475Smithfield, QLD 4878
Murdoch UniversityMurdoch University will be hosting a series of Showcase Days for Perth schoolgirls in early high school (Years 8 to 10) with the aim of demystifying career prospects within the STEM field. The Showcase Days will feature a range of inspirational women speakers, whose talks will be recorded and made available to other female students through the School of the Air and Isolated Distance Learning. In addition, workshops will be held with parents and teachers in their roles as primary influencers of female students. The object of these workshops is to give more information on helping girls decide what subjects to study.$58,300$120,900Murdoch, WA 6150
Peopleplan Pty LimitedeLearning specialists Peopleplan Pty Ltd and Social enterprise Young Change Agents have partnered for this program. Young Change Agents have successfully delivered design-thinking based social entrepreneurship programs to more than 200 youth in NSW during 2016. The objective of the program is to teach young people to see problems as opportunities, through critical thinking, creativity and communication. The WISE grant will enable the partnership to build the capacity of teachers through digital learning and an expansion of the face-to-face programs and youth incubators for teenage girls in regional NSW, Queensland and the NT.$244,000$451,500Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Resource Industry Network Co-op LtdThis project will develop toolkits, courses, provide coaching and implement strategies addressing gender inequity in the Mackay region. The project aims to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and leadership within the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region by changing community perceptions, workplace culture, the make-up of leadership groups and educational attraction for girls.$86,600$133,100Ooralea, QLD 4740
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology t/a RMIT UniversityThe grant will support a program that targets high school girls from years 7 to 9 and involves a series of workshops and mentoring activities to provide students hands-on experience in STEM-related activities to explore the creative possibilities of STEM disciplines.$99,680$149,417Melbourne, VIC 3000
SBE Australia LimitedThe project aims to develop a STEM-focussed early stage accelerator program for women that will provide the resources and network guidance to help women with STEM backgrounds seize entrepreneurial opportunities and build confident business foundations.$250,000$350,000Sydney, NSW 2000
Subsea Energy Australia IncSubsea Energy Australia Inc – Improving participation rates of women in subsea engineering. This project involves availing a series of workshops and networking events, as well as the creation of education materials and development programs, specific to the subsea sector and engineering for women.$174,840$375,640Perth, WA 6000
The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies Incorporated t/a Science & Technology AustraliaScience & Technology Australia is the national peak body for Australia’s scientists and those working in technology. The project, ‘Superstars of STEM’, will support thirty women currently employed in STEM sectors to become highly visible public role models, to encourage girls and young women’s interest in STEM careers. The project will build the women’s profiles through training in public speaking, media, and communicating with influence, and through creating opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills. It will also create and support networks and mentoring.$178,500$272,500Canberra, ACT 2601
The Royal Institution of Australia IncorporatedA new sub-channel will be initiated on Australia’s Science Channel. This project will develop the channel and content while ensuring Women in STEM focus is considered within all produced content. Marketed to both general and school specific audiences, this ‘Women in STEM’ channel will address the gaps currently existing with women working and studying in STEM.$80,000$160,000Adelaide, SA 5000
The University of AdelaideThe “Women Leaders in STEM Careers” is a personal and professional development programme designed to develop young female leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen STEM career. The personal development component includes training modules focused on confidence building, exploring the expectations and challenges faced by women undertaking STEM careers. The professional development component exposes participants to networking opportunities through tailored panel and networking sessions, provides skills development workshops with Industry, and entrepreneurship and innovation workshops.$181,726$231,726Adelaide, SA 5005
University of Southern QueenslandThe grant will support a program called WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprises), the aim of which is to develop entrepreneurship amongst women in rural, regional and remote Queensland.$248,167$662,289Darling Heights, QLD 4350
University of SydneyThe grant will support the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) ‘CAASTRO in the Classroom’ program and the ‘CAASTRO Galaxy Convention’. The classroom program is an existing outreach activity designed to link high school students with CAASTRO’s research scientists and PhD students. This grant will extend the program to add a new exclusive girls session. The convention is a multi-day workshop for PhD candidates, university researchers, high school and university students to work with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop business ideas.$250,000$610,000Camperdown, Sydney University, NSW 2006
The University of WollongongThe University of Wollongong’s Science Centre & Planetarium will be the lead partner for a major Festival of STEM which will feature key stakeholders from across its campuses who will deliver an extensive program of STEM based activities, primarily using women scientist as strong role models to 2,500 students over five days to inspire these students, particularly women, to pursue a future in STEM.$194,844$410,796Wollongong, NSW 2522
Verco Engineering Pty Ltd t/a Mace Engineering ServicesThe grant will support Verco Engineering to run a program called Super STEM Regional SA, which is aimed at high school girls in Years 9 and 10 who are approaching the period when they must choose their senior subjects.$46,900$72,800Clare, SA 5453
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering LimitedThe Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering is located within the University of Sydney. The project, ‘The Warren Centre Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program’ will use video interviews of successful STEM students, training and professional development courses to assist women to navigate a successful career and overcome gender inequity in STEM. This project will also include entrepreneurship events and personal development courses with specific STEM content.$192,000$392,000Camperdown, Sydney University, NSW 2006
Women in Technology WA (Inc.)Targeting WA high school students in years 9 and 10, Techtrails is an incursion program emphasising the importance of positive female role modelling of women in STEM careers to all genders.$119,254$255,414Bibra Lake, WA 6163
 Total  $3,921,827$7,816,048

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