From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or sleeping
habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to
The Turnbull Government will provide $4 million in Citizen Science Grants, over
four years, to support more opportunities for the public to collaborate with researchers
on high-quality, nationally important research projects.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson,
the Hon Karen Andrews MP said competitive grants between $50,000 and $500,000 will be
offered to Australian researchers to engage the public in research.
“This investment will help researchers to do more work, while boosting public participation in
science by involving people directly in the research process,” Minister Andrews said.
“As well as providing valuable assistance to researchers, citizen science projects help participants
to further their own interests in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics. I encourage Gold Coast scientists who have a research project that
will include members of the public to apply for the grant.”
Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Greg Hunt said the Citizen Science Grants initiative
was part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia Science
Engagement Programme, encouraging community participation in science and
technology, as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science
“This new initiative builds on past successful citizen science
projects run by leading universities and research organisations, including
online projects run for National Science Week each year,” Minister Hunt said.
“Researchers across Australia are recognising the value of using people
power to enhance the range and depth of data available for analysis and
For more information on Citizen Science Grants visit: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/inspiring-australia-science-engagement/citizen-science-grants