Citizen Science Grants – Round 2

The Citizen Science Grants – Round 2 provides eligible entities with competitive grants from $150,000 to $500,000 for research projects in a field of science that has a national impact and supports community participation.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants of $150,000 to $500,000 for science research projects. The grant will be up to 85% of eligible project expenditure. You are responsible for funding the remaining 15% of eligible project expenditure plus any ineligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

Eligible organisations with a scientifically valid citizen scientific research project that contributes to areas of national significance.


The objective of the Citizen Science Grants Round 2 is to engage the public in science by offering opportunities to participate, as citizen scientists, in scientific research projects that have a national impact and include the collection or transformation of data in Australia. This grant opportunity is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.

The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is increased community participation in scientific research projects where participants learn new skills, form new networks, receive acknowledgement for their participation, and receive updates on their participation in specific research projects.

This grant opportunity funds projects that provide all Australians with opportunities to participate in scientifically valid citizen science projects. Through the program, and building on the Australian Government’s National Science Statement and Advancing Women in STEM strategy, these grants deliver projects to engage and empower Australians in science while building their skills and scientific literacy.

This round will support projects that contribute to areas of national significance by addressing these specific focus areas:

  • disaster resilience and preparedness
  • environmental change
  • cyber security and artificial intelligence
  • food and agribusiness


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible publicly funded research organisation as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises).

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.

We can only accept applications where you can provide both of the following:

  • Evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported (lead organisations can submit a maximum of one application per grant opportunity round).
  • Evidence of how you will provide your share of project costs (including 15% of eligible expenditure and any other project costs not covered by the grant) such as a CFO or an accountant declaration that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs, including any ineligible expenditure. An accountant declaration template is available on and GrantConnect. If you don't use this template, you must include equivalent information and the declaration in your own document.

You are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if you are:

  • an individual
  • a Commonwealth or state/territory agency or body that does not undertake publicly funded research
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)


How do you apply?

The Citizen Science Grants – Round 2 is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

We refer your application to the Citizen Science Grants Round 2 Committee (Committee). The Committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

In order to support a spread of projects across Australia within a variety of scientific fields/disciplines, the Committee will take into account the geographic location of the projects as well as the project subject matter in its assessment. This ensures that successful projects will have a national reach in diverse scientific fields.

The program delegate will make the final decision.

We will only consider funding applications that score at least 50% against each assessment criterion, as these represent best value for money.

  • Assessment criterion 1 - The reach and impact of the project (60 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2 - Sound project design and implementation (20 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3 - Skills, capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

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Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme

Citizen Science Grants is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. This aims to:

  • engage the wider Australian community with the sciences, including through major activities like National Science Week
  • support public recognition, national awareness and pride in our best scientists and innovators
  • effectively communicate key science issues, between scientists, the general public and Australian decision makers in business and government
  • build skills and capability in STEM and digital literacy, in Australian schools and communities

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample grant agreement

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