New Grants

The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship Program provides funding to support women in STEM and to eliminate barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, including entrepreneurship.

These grants are designed to identify and celebrate STEM role models and to encourage more girls and women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and go on to careers that make use of their STEM knowledge and skills – as scientists, researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs.

The program’s objectives are to:

  • increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship education and careers, including in schools through to university and to the research sector
  • increase participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers
  • stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

Round Deadline date:

Closes on  15th November 2017 5:00 pm AEDT

What grants or funding is available?

The support or funding available:

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000 to a maximum of $250,000, with a maximum project duration of 24 months.
  • There is no minimum project duration, and the minimum project cost is $5,000.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • a government or non-government vocational education and training (VET) provider, or technical and further education (TAFE) institution
  • a not for profit organisation registered, or that will register prior to receiving funding if successful, with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

You are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant if you are:

  • a primary or secondary school (however, primary and secondary schools may be part of a joint application if the lead applicant is eligible)
  • an individual or trust (however, a corporate trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state and local government agency or body (including government business enterprises other than eligible PFROs, VET providers and TAFE institutions)
  • currently receiving funding through a previous round of the program.

Eligible projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $5,000 in total eligible expenditure
  • take no longer than 24 months to complete
  • be aimed at addressing discrimination against or inequality for girls and women in STEM and entrepreneurship by:  increasing awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM and/or entrepreneurship education and careers, including in schools through to university and the research sector; or
  • increasing participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers; or
  • stimulating an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

Eligible activities 

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • developing and delivering workshops, conferences, networking events and other forums (including travel costs of up to 10 per cent of total project costs for key participants such as keynote speakers or role models)
  • developing and delivering education and professional development activities including courses and training
  • developing and distributing educational materials, curriculum content, toolkits or similar activities
  • developing and delivering change management programs and industry transformation activities
  • research activities directly in support of the activities above.

The Program Delegate may also approve other activities.

Ineligible activities include:

  • capital for start-ups
  • recruitment for business as usual activities
  • salary for staff involved in activities that are not directly related to the project
  • research activities which are not linked to any other project activities
  • training course attendance including personal development courses and conferences that are not directly linked to any other eligible activities
  • routine operational activities, including running costs.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure and funds will only be given on eligible expenditure on an approved project.

The Program Delegate may issue further information outlining eligible and ineligible expenditure.

We may update the guidelines on eligible expenditure from time to time. If your application is successful, the version in place when you submitted your application applies to your project. You must incur the project expenditure between the approved project start and end date for it to be eligible. You may start your project from the date that we notify you that your application is eligible and complete. If you choose to start your project before you enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth, you do so at your own risk.

For more information on what activities and costs are eligible please refer to the Program Guidelines.

What is the assessment criteria?

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the following merit criteria:

Expected impact and benefits of the project (50 points)

  • Identify the specific problem, gap or opportunity that you aim to address through your project. Your project must relate to Australian girls and women’s participation in STEM and/or entrepreneurship education and careers.
  • Explain how your project will address the problem, gap or opportunity that would otherwise not be addressed
  • Explain the expected reach and/or impact of the project and how the project will:  increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM and/or entrepreneurship education and careers, including in schools through to university and the research sector; and/or
    • increase participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers; and/or
    • stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.

Demonstrated capacity and capability to carry out the project (30 points)

  • Describe your track record and/or experience with similar projects
  • Describe your access to resources and personnel including their skills and experience.

Impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)

You should demonstrate this through identifying:

  • Your need for funding and the likelihood that your project would not proceed without the grant. Explain how the grant will positively impact your project, for instance in terms of size, scale and timing
  • The total investment the grant will leverage. Describe cash and/or in-kind contributions from partners including state, territory or local governments, philanthropic organisations and the private sector. To be competitive against this criterion you should make an in-kind or cash contribution to the project commensurate with the size of your project grant amount and your available resources.

How do I apply?

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Application Form.

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