Australian organisations with research project ideas that encourage the community to get involved are invited to apply for a Citizen Science grant.
Grants of between $150,000 and $500,000 are available to support projects that enable community participation in four key research areas: disaster resilience and preparedness, environmental change, cyber security and artificial intelligence, and food and agribusiness.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the grants provide an opportunity for communities across the country to participate in projects that could have a national impact.
“Science will play a vital role in resetting and growing the Australian economy as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating bushfires we saw earlier this year,” Minister Andrews said.
“Through this program, the Government is enabling Aussie scientists to collaborate with their local communities to contribute to our scientific knowledge and come up with innovative solutions to some of our biggest national challenges.
“These grants may also provide support for our research institutions and organisations so that important projects which have been delayed or otherwise impacted by COVID-19 restrictions can continue.”
Citizen Science Grants are part of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, which encourages community participation in science and technology, with $4 million available over four years.
Applications for Round 2 are open until 17 December. For more information visit https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/citizen-science-grants