Engaging Science Grants guidelines
Advance Queensland is a transformational agenda for change, designed to spur innovation-led economic growth by translating Queenslanders’ great ideas into commercial success. This includes investing in science and innovation in order to attract and retain the best and brightest research minds, build Queensland’s reputation and capacity to conduct innovative research and development, deliver new products and services for Queenslanders, and establish new industries that will provide jobs for the future.
About the program
The Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants are part of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Science—a strategy with a vision to create a Queensland population that engages in and recognises, supports and advocates for science.
The grants are designed to support scientists, researchers, science communicators, journalists, teachers, organisations and community groups to develop and deliver science engagement and communication projects, events and activities that align with this vision.
A recent survey, Queenslanders’ Perceptions and Attitudes to Science, commissioned by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist (OQCS) demonstrates that 74% of Queenslanders are interested in science and 72% believe that science is critical for the state’s economy.
However, 45% believe there is not enough information or news about science available and 47% expressed their concern about the limited science- based activities in their area.
Queenslanders are eager for more science activities and this is particularly prominent in regional Queensland with up to 64% indicating there are not enough science events and activities in regional and remote areas. Grant applications for events or activities in regional areas will be highly regarded.
About the grants
The Queensland Government through the OQCS has committed $170,000 for the inaugural Engaging Science Grants in 2016–17. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for events, activities and projects delivered within the next 12 months. Under special circumstances larger grants maybe considered.
An application can be submitted at any time, however the program will cease accepting applications once the funding allocation has been fully exhausted. Assessment rounds will occur on a quarterly basis and applicants will be notified about the outcomes at the end of each evaluation process.
Time-dependent applications may also be considered e.g. to align with events such as National Science Week or World Science Festival Brisbane.
Applications for Engaging Science Grants need to address one or more of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Science Strategy’s four goals.
- STEM participation: To increase the number of students participating in school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
- Public engagement: To increase engagement and participation of the Queensland community in science- based activities.
- Scientist engagement: To increase the number of scientists directly engaging with the Queensland community.
- Public awareness: To increase awareness and understanding of the great science taking place in Queensland.
You may like to consider applying for an Engaging Science Grant to increase the reach of science in Queensland through:
- a school community event/activity/research project involving students, teachers and parents
- a citizen science project, e.g. a scientist or researcher engages and collaborates with the local community to gather data for a scientific project (this project can also be instigated by an individual or community group)
- an open house, e.g. invite the local community to a conducted tour of your scientific premises
- a media or social media campaign, e.g. animation/ video production and distribution via social media channels
- an event, seminar or workshop e.g. science communication training for researchers or an activity connecting scientists with community groups to promote Queensland scientists and science programs.
All ideas will be considered, however please check that there isn’t already a similar project underway, that you could collaborate with, e.g. by conducting an Internet search. You can also view a list of STEM engagement and communication activities on the OQCS website.
Collaboration between organisations and institutions (e.g. schools, research institutes, media organisations and community groups etc.) to develop and deliver the project or event/activity will be highly regarded. Funding can also be used to expand existing programs.
To be eligible for an Engaging Science Grant, applicants must:
- be Queensland-based with an ABN, or be employed by a Queensland-based organisation with an ABN
- address at least one of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Science Strategy’s goals.
The grants are open to profit and not-for-profit organisations.
The Engaging Science Grants selection panel will be looking for projects, events or activities that will:
- deliver outcomes that address one of more of the Advance Queensland Engaging Queenslanders in Science Strategy four goals
- engage subject matter experts and/or provide entertaining and informative content
- be effectively promoted to a defined target audience
- use an evaluation mechanism that provides quantitative and qualitative feedback.
Other, highly regarded elements include:
- collaboration between organisations and institutions
- cash or in-kind contributions from sponsors or partners
- delivery of projects or events/activities in regional Queensland.
The number of grants awarded will depend on the number and quality of applications received and the available funding pool at a given time.
Applications will be assessed to ensure that they meet the eligibility conditions for funding.
Applicants may be contacted during the assessment process to clarify information provided in the application and/or to request additional information to enable the appropriate consideration of the application.
Funding for successful projects will be paid following the assessment process—70% at start of the project and 30% on completion.
The amount of funding awarded will be at the discretion of the Engaging Science Grants selection panel.
A short report with supporting project evaluation is required to claim the final 30%. A template will be provided for this purpose when the grant is awarded.
The Queensland Government collects and collates information from the application form to evaluate applications for the program. Only authorised departmental officers and approved grant assessors have access to this information.
Applicants should note that broad details of successful proposals, agreed outcomes, progress and the level of funding awarded may be published by the Queensland Government. Some information may be used to promote funded projects.
Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third party without your consent, unless required by law or for the purposes of Information Privacy Act 2009.
For audit purposes, the Queensland Government is required to retain the applications and other supplied support material.
The provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 apply to documents in the possession of the Queensland Government.