Science in the spotlight through new program

Published Wednesday, 17 August, 2016 at 03:03 PM

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

To coincide with National Science Week, the Palaszczuk Government has launched a funding program to help celebrate of science in the community.

Science Minister Leeanne Enoch today announced the Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants designed to help boost community participation in science events and increase awareness of Queensland scientific activities and achievements.

“There is an amazing breadth of scientific talent in Queensland working on everything from new medicines and robotic vision to climate change,” Ms Enoch said.

“We want more Queenslanders to enjoy the great science taking place in our state and to get more scientists out in the community talking about science.

“The Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants are designed to boost interest in science and get more Queenslanders involved in science activities and events.

“It’s National Science Week – an ideal time to apply for a grant to build on the momentum and excitement of events happening in museums, universities and schools around the state right now.”

Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett said a recent survey commissioned by his office showed almost three quarters of Queenslanders are interested in science, yet almost half believe there is not enough science events, activities and information in their area. 

“We believe we need to help and encourage our scientists to share their research with the community more broadly, to tell others about the benefits and impacts of their science, and to help inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps,” Dr Garrett said.

Ms Enoch said the eligibility criteria for the $170,000 grants program had been kept broad to provide more opportunities for enthusiastic scientists, schools and community groups to participate.

“This keeps open opportunities for applicants to increase the reach of science through a citizen science project, or invite the local community to science facilities, or perhaps plan a community event to coincide with World Science Festival Brisbane in March 2017,” Ms Enoch said.

Individuals and organisations can apply for any amount of funding up to $10,000 if their activity or project encourages the study of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, builds a better understanding of science, or improves community engagement with science.  

For more information, or to apply, visit

Media contact: Daniel Lato 0438 830 201