Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship – Round 3

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants encourage participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics leading to STEM education and careers.

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Grants between $5,000 and $250,000 for projects that increase women’s and girls’ participation in STEM and entrepreneurship.

Who is this for?

To apply you must be an organisation incorporated in Australia, a publicly funded research organisation or publicly funded research agency, a vocational education and training provider, a technical and further education institution or a not-for-profit organisation.


The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

The 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.

You must complete your project by 30 April 2022.

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

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

More details found in section 2.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.


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
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) or publicly funded research agency (PFRA) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines.
  • a government or non-government vocational education and training (VET) provider as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines, 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.

You can only submit one application as the lead applicant per application round.

We can only accept applications:

  • where you can provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a primary or secondary school (however, primary and secondary schools may be part of a joint application if the lead applicant is eligible)
  • an unincorporated association
  • a Commonwealth, state and local government agency or body (including government business enterprises other than eligible PFROs, PFRAs, VET providers and TAFE institutions)
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

To be eligible your project must:

  • not have been previously funded through the WISE program, or be the same as other previously funded WISE projects
  • address at least one focus area: information technology; engineering; intersectionality or entrepreneurship
  • be aimed at addressing discrimination against, or inequality for, girls and women in STEM and/or entrepreneurship
  • have at least $5,000 in total eligible expenditure
  • have a COVID-19 contingency plan that does not involve an increase in grant amount requested

For full details on eligible activities and expenditure, refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

If your grant application is successful, we will recommend that you evaluate your project using the Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador’s National Evaluation Guide.

This Guide will help you plan, design and execute your evaluation.


The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship – Round 3 grant is currently closed to applications.

We first review your application against the eligibility criteria. If eligible, we will then assess it against the assessment criteria.

A selection committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria. They will compare your application to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

The program delegate decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the committee and available grant funds.

For more information on how we assess your application please refer to section 8 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each critieria:

  • Assessment criterion 1: Benefit to girls’ and/or women’s participation in STEM and/or entrepreneurship (50 points).
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity and capability to deliver the project (30 points).
  • Assessment criterion 3: Impact of the grant funding on your project (20 points).

For full details of the assessment criteria please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

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 legally binding grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

For grants of up to $50,000 we’ll pay 100 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. You’ll be required to report how you spent the grant funds at the completion of the project.

For grants over $50,000 we will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments as you achieve milestones, e.g. in arrears, based on your actual eligible expenditure. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

We set aside 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment.

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

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement – simple

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Sample grant agreement – exchange of letters

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Letter of support from board, CEO or equivalent

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Letter of support from project partner

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