Do you have an exciting idea to engage everyday Australians with the world around them? Innovative ideas that help engage new audiences in a wide range of locations in different facets of science, technology, maths and engineering may be eligible for funding under the National Science Week 2015 grants program.
National Science Week 2015 goes from 15-23 August, and aims draw the nation’s attention towards the sciences, and spark interest and engagement. The funding round opens on Wednesday 1 October and closes on Thursday 23 October, so now’s the time to get planning.
If you plan to apply, it’s a good idea to spend some time on the National Science Week Website to see what projects were funded for 2014. You might also get some ideas from Sciencengage, a national database profiling science engagement initiatives.
While the grants round is highly competitive, any organisation planning an event to coincide with National Science Week 2015 (15-23 August) is welcome to apply. There is some flexibility with dates, however the project should overlap with those listed above, e.g. a project could run from 21-27 August.
Applications that demonstrate partnerships with the community, research organisations and industry will be highly regarded, as will initiatives that seek to trial new and innovative science communication activities.
The program aims to ensure that all Australians are provided with access to science events and activities, so applications from regional communities are encouraged.
For more information, and for tips on how to prepare your application, visit the National Science Week website.