Grants Bulletin

Last updated: 9 August 2019

 

 

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions


Purpose

Provides organisations with grants of between $1,000 to $20,000 to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

Overview

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.

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.
  • 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.

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. 

A very large number of applications have been received for the Student Science Engagement element and funding has been exhausted for this financial year. Applications are no longer being accepted for the Student Science Engagement element, which comprises of STEM related activities or events in Australia or overseas as well as Australian STEM competitions.

You can still submit applications under the International Competitions element, which comprises of STEM competitions outside Australia. Once the funding for this financial year has been exhausted, we will be unable to accept any further applications. Applications for this financial year will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Limitations

Who can apply?

A sponsor organisation must apply on behalf of a student or group of students.

Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • a primary or secondary school, registered with a state or territory authority
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an entity incorporated in Australia

To be eligible the sponsor organisation must also:

  • be applying on behalf of a student or group of students under the age of 18 (at the time of application), to attend a specific STEM event or activity that meets the requirements under the programme guidelines and
  • provide confirmation from their managing board, school principal or chief executive officer (or equivalent) that:
    • the student/s attendance at the STEM event or activity is supported
    • the applicant has the capacity to meet any costs of student’s participation at the STEM event or activity not covered by grant funding
    • the student/s attendance at the event or activity is reasonably expected to proceed if the grant is provided.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is eligible and is responsible for the students’ attendance at the event.

You are not eligible to apply if:

  • the nominated student/s is already receiving support to attend the event either under this programme or from another source of Australian Government funding.

To be eligible your project must involve:

  • 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.

Applications can be made online: https://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Inspiring-Australia-Science-Engagement/Student-Sponsorship

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