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 runs for ten days in August each year (16 - 24 August in 2014). 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 such careers.
To produce National Science Week 2013, 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, the Australian Academy of Science PrimaryConnections program, volunteer committees and event holders all over the country.
The Australian Government supports National Science Week in a variety of ways, including through the National Science Week Grants Programme.
There is a total of $500 000 available for grants in 2014, with two grants from 2012 that run over three years each receiving $10 000 in 2014.
Therefore funding of $480 000 is still available on a competitive basis for National Science Week 2014. Grants for projects contributing to National Science Week in 2014 are available for between $2000 and $25 000. Applications for grants will be able to be submitted from 1 - 24 October 2013, with successful recipients to be announced early in 2014.
In addition to the grants awarded each year, our partnership with the ASTA support school-initiated National Science Week projects.
Become familiar with the guidelines and additional information 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 your application.
Apply online for National Science Week grants to help provide supporting funding for your event.