$5 million is available in grant funding until 29 February 2012

The Federal Government is currently running a program called Unlocking Australia’s Potential.  The program aims to increase the scientific literacy of Australians and work towards a scientifically-engaged Australia.

To support this program and engage entrepreneurs around Australia, the program is providing $5 million in funding across three categories for projects delivered over the next three years.

If you are currently working on a project that might  target people who have had little engagement with science, and you require some funds to get off the ground, check it out!  The grants aim to inspire projects that focus on priorities such as – but not limited to – youth, Indigenous communities and regional Australia. If that sounds like your idea, you’re in with a head start.

Applications are sought in the following categories:

  • Up to $5,000; typically for individuals or small organisations.
  • Up to $45,000; for high impact science engagement projects at regional or national level.
  • Up to $500,000; for organisations and partnerships delivering high impact, nationally significant projects.

Each category will have the same eligibility and selection criteria and grant selection process, but with different levels of detail required.

Grant applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee, with successful projects expected to be announced by May 2012. Applications must be submitted online between now and 29 February (4:00pm AEDT) 2012.

Comprehensive guidelines are available from the Federal Government website or you can call 02 6270 2803 for more information.

WEBSITE: www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InspiringAustralia/UnlockingAustraliasPotential/Pages/default.aspx

Please note: This grants round is open from 16 January to 29 February 2012 (4pm AEDST).

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