Citizen Science Grants – Australia

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Citizen Science Grants is an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme that aims to provide opportunities for the public to engage in science by participating in scientific research projects that include the collection or transformation of data in Australia.

It does this by providing grants that support community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.

Participants will be able to take part in scientific research projects by a range of means, including collecting and analysing data, formulating questions and organising research teams. Research projects are expected to be peer-reviewed and produce credible, reliable data that will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community and the public.

Participants will be empowered by learning new skills, forming new networks, being acknowledged for their participation, and by receiving updates on their participation in specific research projects.

Funding of up to $4 million over 4 years ($1 million per year) is available from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

Applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • an eligible research organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) (as defined in Appendix A of the Programme Guidelines)
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body (including government business enterprises)

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

You are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if you are:

  • a Commonwealth or state/territory agency or body that does not undertake publicly funded research
  • an individual or trust (however, a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).

For more information on applicant eligibility, please see the Programme Guidelines.

Source: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/inspiring-australia-science-engagement/citizen-science-grants