Funds for furthering Science

ORGANISATIONS and individuals across Australia who help build the community's understanding of science can now apply for a share of $5 million in funding to support their work.

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said the first Inspiring Australia: Unlocking Australia's Potential competitive grants round would allow successful applicants to run activities to help Australians engage with science.

"This $5 million grants round will provide money to museums, universities, industry, local government, community and other organisations for activities that increase knowledge of science, and the benefits that science brings to everyday life in the community," Senator Evans said.

"The Inspiring Australia strategy aims to advance science in Australia by raising science awareness for decision makers and the youth of the country, through schemes like the Unlocking Australia's Potential grants.

"An understanding of science helps all Australians realise the benefits that science brings to our country - it sustains our environment, builds our health and helps us understand our place in the world. They also need to be aware of the opportunities for fulfilling careers in science.

"To be most effective and unlock our country's full potential, these grants will boost schemes to reach Australians who, due to geography, ethnicity, age or social circumstances, might not have been interested or able to access or engage in science."

Inspiring Australia: Unlocking Australia's Potential encourages connections between the Australian public and scientists and between researchers and their communities.

The successful projects will provide a mix of innovative science activities with a variety of delivery approaches, target audiences, geographic locations and topics. These projects will deliver a strengthened, cohesive and sustainable national program for science engagement.

A total of $5 million is available across three levels of grant categories, small, medium and large, for projects to be delivered in 2012 and/or 2013 and/or 2014.

Applications opened on 16 January and close on 29 February 2012. For more information, including applicant guidelines, visit www.innovation.gov.au/InspiringAustralia


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