Call for Applications: Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Applications are open for Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions, an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, that provides grants to organisations to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions aims to support young Australians to develop skills and potential career opportunities in a field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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 Information

  • $4 million over 4 years ($1 million each year) is available from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia and overseas (Science Engagement).
  • $2.4 million over 4 years ($600,000 each year) is available from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for student participation in STEM competitions taking place outside Australia (International Competitions).
  • The minimum grant amount is $1,000.The maximum grant amount is $5,000 per student, up to a maximum of $20,000 per application.
  • For grants over $10,000, you must at least match grant funds received with cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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
    • have not already received in the same financial year either Science Engagement or International Competitions funding under the programme guidelines for the same student/s or event.
  • Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is eligible and is responsible for the students’ attendance at the event.
  • One is not eligible to apply if:
    • They are a state/territory or local government agency or body
    • any of the nominated students has received a grant under either Science Engagement or International Competitions in the same financial year, including through a different sponsor organisation or
    • the sponsor organisation or a nominated student has received support from other sources of Australian government funding to attend the event.
  • To be eligible a 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
    • promote student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions
    • take place within one year of you submitting your application.
  • 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.

How to apply

Interested applicants can download an application form from the given website.

Eligible Country: Australia

For more information please visit Sponsorship Grants.

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