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National Science Week 2020 Queensland Online Seed Grants

This year’s National Science Week campaign will go online in light of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to public gatherings expected to extend through to late 2020.

The Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee are now seeking expressions of interest for innovative online events and opportunities* that can be delivered during or close to National Science Week 15-23 August 2020.

Grants are available for up to $5,000 each. The purpose of this funding is to build capacity in science and technology, engineering or maths (STEM) engagement, strengthen relationships between science engagement practitioners, including regional communities, and for community presenters to develop skills and knowledge for best-practice online science engagement.

We are especially interested in receiving proposals that show evidence of community building and collaboration to boost engagement with STEM and those that can support the work of small businesses and/or freelancers whose incomes may have been affected by the pandemic.

*Inspiring Australia will be hosting a series of free online training sessions on how to host online events, and best practice online science engagement. All applicants will be invited to participate.


Expressions of interest for funding of up to $5,000 are invited to support initiatives that bring together local individuals and organisations to create compelling online content that can be presented as part of National Science Week in August 2020.

Online events and activities may include:

• Interactive online events
• Podcasts
• Video productions
• Virtual tours
• Webinars
• Online Citizen Science activities
• Digital story-telling
• Live-streaming of presentations and lectures

All creative ideas that can be presented online for general community enjoyment will be considered. Initiatives that are collaborative, involve multiple partners will be highly regarded.

Where possible, we encourage applicants to collaborate with Queensland Regional STEM Hubs as well as other local providers whose public programs may have been disrupted as a result of COVID19 e.g. libraries and regional museums.

Selection criteria

National Science Week online events and activities must meet at least two of the following criteria:

• Inspire young people to pursue an interest or aptitude in science
• Extend networks and partnership opportunities
• Encourage community participation and feedback
• Encourage diversity and inclusion in programming
• Share Australian science achievements and knowledge.

Funding allocations will be decided on merit and the applicant’s ability to meet the selection criteria.

Funding amounts

Applicants that meet the selection criteria can apply for funds of $2,000 to $5,000 to support the delivery of National Science Week online activities. These can be hosted on the applicant’s own online channels and will be promoted on both the National Science Week and Inspiring Australia Queensland (IAQ) websites.

APPLICATION OPENS: Wednesday 08 April 2020
APPLICATION CLOSES: 1:00 PM Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Applicants will be notified via email of the results by Tuesday 12 May 2020.

Once you submit your application you will not be able to edit it. If you wish to submit an additional piece of information, please email it to inspiringqld@qm.qld.gov.au

If you are successful, you will be required to do a number of things:

1. Register your event on the National Science Week website: www.scienceweek.net.au/event-holder-registration/
2. Use the National Science Week and Inspiring Australia logos in event promotion, available for download at www.scienceweek.net.au/get-involved/organise-an-event/
3. Deliver your online project as per your application during the month of August 2020.
4. Provide an acquittal report by Monday 31 August 2020, to report available on the IAQ website, www.inspiringqld.com.au

For further information, contact the Inspiring Australia Queensland team via inspiringqld@qm.qld.gov.au

Good Luck!

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