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Grants to inspire youth in science

The Australian Government’s Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is now open for applications.

I encourage schools and organisations to apply for assistance to support young Australians to take up science engagement opportunities in Australia and overseas.

This is the program’s second year of operation with the Government having supported more than 1000 students to attend science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related events and competitions in 2016-17.

For example, a Canberra-based student received funding to attend the London International Youth Science Forum and a group of students from near Brisbane was sponsored to compete in the national finals of competitions to build a F1 car and four‑wheel drive vehicle.

Through this program, the Government is providing up to $1.6 million in grants in 2017–18 to assist students under the age of 18 to participate in science events including conferences and competitions. This will help them to develop skills and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nurturing the STEM skills of the next generation is essential to Australia’s prosperity given 75 per cent of future jobs will require expertise in STEM disciplines.

Under the program, grants of up to $1500 for domestic events and $5000 for international events are available, with up to $20,000 for group applications.

Grants may be used to support travel and event registration for opportunities such as attending science fairs, pitching innovations to entrepreneurs and participating in STEM competitions. Applications can be made until the annual funding allocation is exhausted.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions is part of the Government’s Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme to inspire, motivate and cultivate a scientifically-engaged community.

Source: Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

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