NSW Deputy Premier announces regional science grants

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has announced that funding of $40,000 will be distributed to a new network of Regional Science Hubs.

Nine community partnerships were selected from 36 applications to the NSW Regional Grants Program as part of Inspiring Australia in NSW.

Mr Stoner said that each Hub will deliver a number of lively regional science events and add to the mix of science engagement activity across Australia.

“When communities work together, funding of this nature goes a long way and can produce great outcomes.”

“A key benefit of having a Regional Science Hub is to strengthen the many disparate science communication networks in NSW and build stronger community engagement with science by encouraging people to work collaboratively,” he added.

Mr Stoner said that the NSW Government’s investment in Regional Science Hubs is driven by its commitment to the Commonwealth Government’s Inspiring Australia strategy that aims to build a strong, open relationship between science and society.

“We also contribute funds to support the NSW Manager for the Inspiring Australia program whose role is to build opportunities for more people to engage with science and its relevance to everyday life,” he said.

“If we make science fun and accessible, we will encourage greater appreciation of why investing in science is critical to our lives and Australia’s economy,” Mr Stoner said.

Find out more about the 2013 grant recipients.

The NSW Regional Science Grants program is a joint initiative funded by NSW Trade & Investment and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the University of Sydney.