Grants to help women succeed in STEM and Entrepreneurship

Overview

Round two of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program is now open for applications.  The program will provide $8 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 to encourage more girls and women to pursue STEM education, careers and entrepreneurship.

The program funds activities that support women in STEM and eliminates barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, including as entrepreneurs.

WISE helps address persistent gender inequality in a range of careers and industries. It works hand in hand with the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) project and Male Champions of Change for STEM to improve gender equity in education, research, business and industry. The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship initiative is also a key part of Towards 2025, A strategy to boost Australian women's workforce participation.

What funding is available?

Applications are open for grants of between $5,000 and $250,000 to support projects designed to engage women and girls in STEM education and careers including entrepreneurship.

Why is this a priority?

Research shows the number of girls who study maths and science in their final years of school is declining.  Also, more than half of university STEM students are women, but they face significant challenges in building careers that make use of their STEM knowledge.

Women are also underrepresented in the start-up community.  They represent just 24 per cent of start-up founders (Startup Muster 2016 Annual Report).

Who can apply?

The WISE program provides funding for businesses, not-for-profits and research organisations to support outreach program that target girls and women to:

  • encourage their interest in entrepreneurship
  • develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • build their professional networks.

How do I apply?

To apply and to find out more information about WISE grants, visit business.gov.au
Applications close 15 November 2017.

WISE video

Watch this video and find out how a WISE grant helped inspire young girls and women to study and pursue a career in STEM.

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