National Science Week Grants

National Science Week aims to reach as many Australians as possible each year with a positive message about the impact that science has on our lives, our economy, our society and our world.

National Science Week is held in August each year (13 - 21 August in 2016). It is Australia’s major national celebration of science. It provides an opportunity for the entire science community to celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world. The National Science Week website provides information on the diverse events, activities and partnerships that form National Science Week each year.

National Science Week events illustrate fascinating areas of knowledge awaiting exploration by those who continue to study science, and demonstrate applications of science, engineering, technology and mathematics in many different fields.

There is evidence that science presentations and events, particularly those involving hands-on activity, have a lasting impact on perceptions of science and its applications.

The career opportunities available to those who continue to study science and mathematics are remarkable, and the number is growing. Many National Science Week events offer a window into these careers.

To produce National Science Week in 2015, we worked in partnership with:

  • the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC),
  • the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), and
  • the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

with help from New Scientist, COSMOS Magazine, Popular Science, Media Heads, PrimaryConnections, Science in Public and volunteer committees and event holders all over the country.

Connect with National Science Week via Twitter, Facebook or subscribe to the e-newsletter.


The Australian Government supports National Science Week in a variety of ways, including through the National Science Week Grants Programme.

There is $500 000 available on a competitive basis for grants in 2016. Grants for projects contributing to National Science Week in 2016 are available for between $2000 and $25 000. Applications for grants will be able to be submitted from 6 - 23 October 2015, with successful recipients to be announced early in 2016.

In addition to these public event grants, our partnership with ASTA supports National Science Week projects in schools with $90,000 from the Australian Government available in school grants each year.


Become familiar with the guidelines and additional information, including a sample application, before starting your application. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read answers to frequently asked questions about National Science Week grant applications.

How to apply online

Instructions on how to apply online for a grant are available to help with submitting your application.

Apply online

Apply online for a National Science Week grant.

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