Science engagement

We engage people nationwide to build awareness and develop capability and skills in science through our Inspiring Australia initiative.


Inspiring Australia contributes to the Australian government’s vision to engage all Australians with science.

Inspiring Australia science engagement activities connect with people nationwide to:

  • build an awareness and appreciation of science
  • celebrate the excitement of science and scientific discovery
  • enhance the focus on capability and skills
  • improve science communication skills.
Inspiring Australia logo with 4 coloured boxes overlapping each other

Supporting community science engagement

We administer grants and prizes to encourage community-wide participation in STEM. Our targeted science communication also supports activities that contribute to greater public engagement in science, including the Inspiring Australia Managers network.

Nominations closed

Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Australia’s most prestigious awards for celebrating achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.
Grants currently open

National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. National Science Week Grants provides the opportunity for the community to run science engagement activities across the nation during the week.
Currently closed

Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants

Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants supports collaborative initiatives that deliver interactive and hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related activities to youth under 18 years of age.
Currently closed

Citizen Science Grants

Citizen Science Grants supports community participation in scientific research projects that have a national impact.
Currently closed

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

Grants for organisations (such as schools and community groups) to sponsor Australian students to take part in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement activities, events and competitions. Students must be aged under 18.

Building community science networks

We coordinate a national network of Inspiring Australia Managers to engage regional communities in science. There is an Inspiring Australia Manager with local expertise and connections in each state and territory.

They can help you identify local and regional needs and give up-to-date information about science engagement in your area.

The network seeks to:

  • achieve wider community engagement with sciences, including through major activities and events such as National Science Week
  • develop new engagement opportunities and activities
  • provide greater engagement opportunities for groups that are underrepresented in STEM
  • improve participant experiences with science engagement activities
  • create sustainable change.

Inspiring Australia Network state and territory contacts

Reach out to our Inspiring Australia Managers.

Inspiring Australia Network National Office

Australian Capital Territory

Position vacant

New South Wales

Meredith Hall

Northern Territory

Sarah Sutcliffe


Dr Anita Milroy

South Australia

Alison Kershaw


Dr Tiana Pirtle


Mike Flattley

Western Australia

Chloe Jensen

Latest news

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$2 million to fund hands-on STEM opportunities for young Australians

Community organisations and non-profits are encouraged to apply for the Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement grants. Applications close 14 August 2024.
Decorative banner of cartoon people conducting science experiments.

Martians and dinosaurs headlining National Science Week 2024

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