Overview

Applications for the Engaging Science Grants (incorporating the Queensland Citizen Science Grants) are now open—closing 1pm, Monday 15 November 2021—apply now

To support increasing public participation in Queensland scientific research and STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) engagement events and activities the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is offering competitive Engaging Science Grants.

The grants are designed to assist teachers, scientists, organisations, citizen science groups and community groups deliver events and educational activities or conduct citizen science projects that tackle important issues in Queensland.

For this round, grants of up to $20,000 each (excluding GST) are available to support applicants deliver events, activities or projects for up to 12-months.

Objective

The Engaging Science Grants (incorporating Queensland Citizen Science Grants) are offered to increase participation in science-based activities and engagement between scientists and the community.

Events and activities that inspire students to study STEM subjects, promote STEM careers, and engage the wider community to increase awareness of the amazing science happening in Queensland, as well as projects including citizen science that grow engagement with scientists may be submitted.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Queensland-based with an ABN and address one or more of the Engaging Queenslanders in science strategy 2021–2024 goals:

  1. increase student participation in STEM subjects and promote STEM careers
  2. increase community participation in citizen science to grow scientific literacy and contribute to scientific discovery
  3. increase awareness of Queensland’s great science and grow opportunities for engagement with scientists.

The types of activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • events, activities or projects for students that involve teachers, parents and others
  • open houses e.g. invite the local community to a conducted tour of your scientific premises
  • events, seminars or workshops that connect scientists with community groups to promote Queensland scientists and science programs
  • new citizen science projects or enhanced existing citizen science projects (refer eligibility criteria in the guidelines)
  • activities where participants use enhanced or new technology, or training resources that you have created.

More information

To date, more than $1.4 million has been committed to support 149 Engaging Science Grants events and activities, and almost $1.2 million allocated to 43 Queensland Citizen Science Grants recipients. This 2021 round combines both grant programs under the Engaging Science Grants banner.

To learn more about the types of grant applications that have been successful in the past you can read about recipients’ projects:

A recent survey, Queenslanders’ perceptions and attitudes to science 2021, commissioned by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist shows:

  • 60% of Queenslanders are interested in science
  • 83% believe science is critical for the Queensland economy
  • 50% are interested in future Queensland science events
  • 72% of parents would encourage their child to be involved in science-based activities outside of school
  • 23% of Queenslanders have heard of citizen science, with 44% of those having participated in an activity (equating to 10% of Queenslanders).

While some of the survey results are encouraging, programs included in the Engaging Queenslanders in science strategy 2021–2024 such as these Engaging Science Grants will help achieve the goals set out in the strategy.

Useful links

Hear more about the importance of STEM engagement from some of the grant recipients.

Further information