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Grants to promote community science

CDU Chemistry Spectacular team 2020
From left, Charles Darwin University 2020 Chemistry Spectacular team Daniel Brummit, Finn Wang, Elanz Saki, Sam Doyle and Syed Mahood steaming up a cloud of colour in the laboratory at Charles Darwin University.

Projects that inspire and involve people of all ages in science are being sought by local organisers of National Science Week.

Grants are available for large and small community projects ranging from $250 to $15,000 for major projects in one or more areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

Charles Darwin University College of Engineering, IT and Environment Science Outreach Manager Carla Eisemberg said although the theme for schools this year was “Different by Design”, community projects could focus on any topic appropriate for National Science Week.

Science Week NT last year introduced grants of up to $3000 specifically for remote communities – and they are being offered again in 2021.

“We really encourage remote communities to apply for the grants,” Dr Eisemberg said.

 “Proposals incorporating Indigenous science, technology and engineering events are very welcome – we had some amazing events promoting Indigenous knowledge during Science Week last year.”

“We need to take advantage of the multiculturalism of our NT community. Diversity promotes innovation. The possibilities are really exciting.”

Dr Eisemberg said the Grants Committee was particularly interested in proposals that have a new and refreshing approach to increasing awareness of the role of science and innovation in Australia’s environment, economy and well being.

 “We are also keen to hear from businesses or organisations that would like to support our efforts towards an innovative Northern Territory with a technologically skilled workforce and a scientifically literate community,” Dr Eisemberg said.

Grant applications close on 26 February 2021.

National Science Week will be held from 14-22 August 2021.

More information on how to apply for a National Science Week grant can be found at Science Week NT Funding — Inspired NT

Interested sponsors should contact Dr Eisemberg at carla.eisemberg@cdu.edu.au