Funding

Inspiring Australia Student Sponsorship grants for 2017/18

Inspiring Australia Student Sponsorship grants for 2017/18 have just opened. Please note that the guidelines have been updated for this grant round. The key change to this round is the amount of funding has been reduced from $5000 per student to $1500 per student for domestic events and up to $5000 per student for international events remains the same.

Please find some information about the grants including an overview, funds available and eligibility criteria. I would still encourage you to read the guidelines attached.

Overview of grants:

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions aims to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

It will do this by providing grants to organisations, such as schools and community groups, to sponsor eligible young Australians to participate in conferences, competitions and other STEM-related events.

The Science Engagement element supports Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in significant STEM related activities or events in Australia and overseas. This could include support for a senior student to pitch an innovation to an entrepreneur or participate at Australian-based STEM competitions.

The International Competitions element supports talented Australian students under the age of 18 to participate in high profile STEM competitions outside Australia.

Funding available:

  • $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia or overseas.
  • $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions taking place outside Australia.

You can submit applications at any time, and we will assess them in the order we receive them. We will close applications when the funding for that year runs out.

The minimum grant amount per application is $1,000.

The maximum grant amount per student is:

  • $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
  • $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

The maximum grant amount per application is $20,000.

Eligibility:

  • the participation of a student or a group of students under the age of 18 at an eligible event
  • a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.

An eligible event must:

  • be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas
  • take place within one year of the application being submitted. The Programme Delegate may allow exceptions to this requirement if satisfied that a longer lead-time is needed (for example, for the student to register for an early bird rate at a major conference)

An event is not eligible if the sponsor organisation is required to support the student/s to attend the event as part of its normal ‘business as usual’ activities.

For more information on what types of events and costs are eligible, go to Schedule 3, Section 21 of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme Guidelines. www.business.gov.au/sgseic

 

MEDIA RELEASE:

Applications open for grants to inspire young Australians in science

 

21 July 2017

 

The Australian Government’s Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is now open for applications.

I encourage schools and organisations to apply for assistance to support young Australians to take up science engagement opportunities in Australia and overseas.

This is the program’s second year of operation with the Government having supported more than 1000 students to attend Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics-related events and competitions in 2016-17.

For example, a Canberra-based student received funding to attend the London International Youth Science Forum and a group of students from near Brisbane was sponsored to compete in the national finals of competitions to build a F1 car and four‑wheel drive vehicle.

Through this program, the Government is providing up to $1.6 million in grants in 2017–18 to assist students under the age of 18 to participate in science events including conferences and competitions. This will help them to develop skills and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nurturing the STEM skills of the next generation is essential to Australia’s prosperity given 75 per cent of future jobs will require expertise in STEM disciplines.

Under the program, grants of up to $1500 for domestic events and $5000 for international events are available, with up to $20,000 for group applications.

Grants may be used to support travel and event registration for opportunities such as attending science fairs, pitching innovations to entrepreneurs and participating in STEM competitions. Applications can be made until the annual funding allocation is exhausted.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is part of the Government’s Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically-engaged community.

For more information on the grants program, go to www.business.gov.au/sgseic