The Australian Government is inviting applications for its Citizen Science Grants – Round 2 to engage the public in science by offering opportunities to participate, as citizen scientists, in scientific research projects that have a national impact and include the collection or transformation of data in Australia. This grant opportunity is part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.
The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is increased community participation in scientific research projects where participants learn new skills, form new networks, receive acknowledgement for their participation, and receive updates on their participation in specific research projects.
This grant opportunity funds projects that provide all Australians with opportunities to participate in scientifically valid citizen science projects. Through the program, and building on the Australian Government’s National Science Statement and Advancing Women in STEM strategy, these grants deliver projects to engage and empower Australians in science while building their skills and scientific literacy.
This round will support projects that contribute to areas of national significance by addressing these specific focus areas:
- Disaster resilience and preparedness;
- Environmental change;
- Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence;
- Food and agribusiness.
- Grants of $150,000 to $500,000 for science research projects.
- The grant will be up to 85% of eligible project expenditure.
- Applicants are responsible for funding the remaining 15% of eligible project expenditure plus any ineligible expenditure.
To be eligible applicants must:
- have an Australian business number (ABN)
- and be one of the following entities:
- an entity, incorporated in Australia;
- an eligible publicly funded research organisation;
- an incorporated not for profit organisation;
- a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises).
- Joint applications are acceptable, provided applicants have a lead organisation that is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.
The program can only accept applications where applicants can provide both of the following:
- Evidence from the board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported (lead organisations can submit a maximum of one application per grant opportunity round).
- Evidence of how applicants will provide the share of project costs (including 15% of eligible expenditure and any other project costs not covered by the grant) such as a CFO or an accountant declaration that confirms applicants can fund their share of the project costs, including any ineligible expenditure.
- Applicants are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if they are:
- an individual;
- a Commonwealth or state/territory agency or body that does not undertake publicly funded research;
- a non-corporate Commonwealth entity;
- a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).