Citizen Science Grants announced

On 21 November 2016, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt announced the opening of the Citizen Science Grants element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.

The Australian Government is providing funding of $4 million over the next four years to promote collaboration between Australia’s best scientists and the public as part of the government’s $48 million initiative to inspire STEM literacy and engagement in all Australians under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Citizen Science Grants will boost public participation in science by involving people directly in the research process.  As well as giving researchers many helping hands, it helps people learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and use their knowledge and skills to progress our understanding of the world around us.

Recent increasing participation in citizen science has demonstrated Australia’s passion for science, and the Government is dedicated to supporting this.

Who can apply, and how

Grants of between $50 000 to $500 000 are now available to Australian researchers for projects that directly involve the public. 

Projects must be Australian scientific research projects that include the participation of the public through a range of activities – including collecting and analysing data, formulating research questions and organising research teams.

People who become involved as citizen scientists can benefit by learning new skills, forming new networks, and being acknowledged for their participation.

Eligible projects will run for a maximum of three years.  They will be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data that will be shared with participants, the science community and the public.

Grant applications will close at 4:00 pm AEDT on 17 February 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit

View the media release from the Hon Greg Hunt.

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