National Science Week Grants 2024

The National Science Week Grants 2024 provide individuals and organisations with up to $20,000 to support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week 2024, Australia’s major national celebration of science.
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Closing date: Monday 11 December 2023 5:00pm AEDT Mon 11 Dec 2023 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

Grants of between $2,000 and $20,000 for community participation in National Science Week 2024 activities.

Who is this for?

Individuals and organisations.


National Science Week is Australia’s major national celebration of the sciences, occurring in August each year. National Science Week will be held from 10 to 18 August 2024. National Science Week provides the opportunity for community participation in high profile science engagement activities across the nation.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • inspire wide community participation in STEM
  • provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge
  • encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public
  • encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in
  • encourage new and innovative ways of engaging with audiences.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • increase national and international interest in Australian science
  • improve critical engagement with key scientific issues by the public
  • increase inspiration drawn from science and improve the value of science as perceived by the public.

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

  • The minimum grant amount is $2,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

We will only award applications of exceptional merit the maximum grant amount of $20,000.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • are an individual 18 years of age or older, or
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (unless you are a publicly funded research organisation, as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines).

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more organisations to deliver the project. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form, be the main driver of the project and be eligible to apply.

If your application is successful the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement
  • identifies all members of the proposed group and provides a letter of support from each project partner (as detailed in Section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines). A template letter of support is located on this page under ‘key documents’.
  • has a formal arrangement in place with all parties prior to execution of the grant agreement.

Project specific legislation requirements

If you are successful, relevant personnel working on the project must maintain the following registration/checks, and comply with the following:

  • any public health related measures and restrictions that are in place when delivering your project activities
  • working with children check
  • working with vulnerable people registration.

You must complete your project by 16 September 2024.

To be eligible your project must:

  • be directed towards a science-related activity that will be conducted in Australia during National Science Week 2024, or where appropriate, in the week before or after National Science Week 2024
  • address one or more of the following purposes:
    • draw the nation’s attention towards the sciences
    • spark broad interest and engagement in the sciences
    • provide an opportunity for all Australians, including those historically under-represented in the sciences, to participate in science events and activities
    • foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry
    • trial new and innovative science communication activities
  • engage the community, be available to the general public, and be delivered in at least one of the following formats:
    • an in-person event involving physical attendance
    • an online event involving two-way audience participation or involvement
  • include eligible project activities.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • events relating to existing exhibitions (including travelling exhibitions)
  • cinema and theatre
  • debates
  • quizzes
  • open days
  • interactive presentations and workshops
  • expos and fairs
  • forums
  • events that relate to the theme for that particular year
  • online events that include two-way audience participation or involvement, such as interactive virtual tours, online Q&As or online workshops.

We may also approve other activities.

You can apply for a grant between $2,000 and $20,000. The grant will be up to 100% of eligible expenditure.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • travel and accommodation
  • external venue and equipment hire
  • consumable materials used during your event (for example workbooks, chemicals etc.)
  • external presenter fees and travel
  • prizes
  • event advertising and promotion, including graphic design
  • displays.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

We first review your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

We consider your application on its merits, based on:

  • how well it meets the criteria
  • how it compares to other applications
  • whether it provides value with relevant money.

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the assessment criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1: The reach and impact of the project (60 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project (40 points).

When assessing whether the application represents value with relevant money, we will have regard to:

  • the overall objectives of the grant opportunity
  • the evidence provided to demonstrate how your project contributes to meeting those objectives
  • the relative value of the grant sought.

We refer your application to the National Science Week Grants Committee, an independent committee of experts. 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.

The Program Delegate who is a manager in the Grants Delivery and Business Services Division within DISR, decides which grants to approve taking into account the advice of the committee and the availability of grant funds.

Apply now

Apply for the National Science Week Grants 2024 now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application form
  • read the sample grant agreement.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

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We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Letter of support template

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