NSW science engagement grants

Each year, Inspiring Australia NSW (Inspiring NSW) offers funding to NSW stakeholders to deliver high-profile community events during National Science Week and at other times of the year. These Inspiring NSW science engagement grants have enabled NSW to grow its statewide National Science Week offering while also allowing NSW Regional Science Hubs to develop local partnerships that bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile STEM engagement programs.

The Inspiring NSW science engagement grants are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

2024 National Science Week Grants

Applications for 2024 National Science Week grants from the Commonwealth are open now, and close on 11 December 2023. More information

Applications for 2024 National Science Week grants from Inspiring NSW will open in early 2024. Please sign up our monthly e-newsletter to ensure you receive notice of when the state-based grant round is open.

2023 National Science Week Grants

Inspiring NSW supported NSW-based event providers to deliver innovative live, online or hybrid events and activities to be delivered as part of National Science Week from 12 – 20 August 2023. The purpose of this funding was to connect community members with science and technology, including in regional communities, and to enable community presenters to develop interactive science events and activities for the general public.

Twenty-eight NSW organisations received funding to support the delivery of creative and inspiring community events in National Science Week.

2023 Grants from Inspiring NSW

2023 Grants from the Commonwealth

Application for 2023 are now closed. You can review the 2023 Guidelines and Application Form below. This is subject to change each year.

2023 National Science Week Grant Guidelines Inspiring NSW.

Read about the successful grants in 2022


The 2023 schools theme for National Science Week is Innovation: Powering Future Industries. The theme will incorporate the advancement in technology in all industries, especially using artificial intelligence (AI). Community event holders do not have to use this theme. The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities. These grants are available to ALL Australian schools (preschools to senior secondary). Grants are managed by ASTA and are open now. More information.

2023 Year-Round Science Grants

The 2023 Year-Round Science Grants program aims to further develop the network of NSW Regional Science Hubs, enduring local partnerships that bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop and deliver high-profile science events in regional NSW.

Regional organisations operating as Science Hubs can now apply for funds of up to $7,000 in 2023 to facilitate the delivery of year-round public engagement programs.

Please contact inspiringnsw@sydney.edu.au if you would like the 2023 grant guidelines and application form.

Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Program

Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources, the Inspiring Australia science engagement program supports a range of national science  engagement activities to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically engaged community across Australia.

For more information on the schedule for these grants, check the Inspiring Australia national grant information at the Department’s website.

Grants include:

  • National Science Week Grants that support the delivery of science engagement activities during National Science Week each year in August.
  • Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, annual awards for outstanding achievement in science, innovation and science teaching.
  • Maker Projects Community STEM Engagement Grants that support collaborative initiatives that deliver interactive and hands-on STEM-related activities to youth under 18 years of age.
  • Citizen Science Grants for nationally significant citizen science projects.
  • Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions to help students participate in international competitions.

Grant Resources


Our colleagues at Inspiring ACT and ASC – Canberra have developed a series of grant and event holder resources. These can be accessed via the Inspiring ACT website. We highly recommend this video by Alice Ryder with great tips on submitting the best possible application.


We encourage you to include First Peoples and their science in your event. The National Science Week Celebrating the First Science of This Land (2.9 MB, pdf) includes case studies from previous events, suggestions and resources.

This guide from Create NSW on Aboriginal Arts and Culture Protocols is also a useful resource.


The National Science Week Disability Inclusion Guide (1.9 MB, pdf) provides advice for all event holders to make their events more accessible for all audiences to join in.

The Science Week Library Activities booklet (6 MB, pdf) has case studies, suggested activities and heaps of inspirational resource ideas.

The Early Childhood Activities booklet (5 MB, pdf) features case studies of successful events as well as detailed instructions for other activities suitable for running in early childhood centres, playgroups or at home.

The Science Week character colouring sheets (698 kB, pdf) are able to be used at a colouring station for young children at any event.

The Business and Industry Science Engagement Pack (1 MB, pdf) has case studies and hints & tips for assisting organisations to create and hold Science Week events.


Partnerships are an important part of any grant application. Inspiring NSW worked with Virtual Excursions during COVID to develop training for online events, including best practice for partnerships. Many of the principles still apply for online events, and can be applied to in person events. This video was produced and delivered by Fizzics EducationSydney Science Education and Refraction Media with support from the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer and state Inspiring Australia programs in NSW, ACT, QLD, WA and SA.