Boosting STEM activities through science grants

Wednesday, 01 February, 2023

Boosting STEM activities through science grants

Grants of up to $20K are available in Queensland for projects and activities that increase participation in STEM.

Education professionals, community organisations, scientists and citizen science groups are invited to apply.

Minister for Environment and Science Meaghan Scanlon said STEM is becoming more important for the community as innovative solutions are being sought for global issues.

“The Queensland Government is committed to increasing participation in STEM-based activities across the state, particularly among First Nations peoples, girls and women, and disadvantaged groups so more young people are inspired to follow a STEM career path,” she said.

“Funding to increase an interest in science is crucial for tomorrow’s workforce so that Queensland’s economy can thrive.

“STEM education isn’t just for school students — it is for our community and the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is helping solve the challenges we face today and in the future.

“STEM participation enhances scientific literacy and critical thinking on an individual level, and in our community.”

Scanlon said the Queensland Government supports scientists, science communicators, teachers, organisations, STEM professionals and community groups to carry out science engagement and communication activities.

“We are funding projects that encourage participation in STEM education, science events and in citizen science, and I encourage interested people, educators and community groups to apply,” she said.

Interim Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Bronwyn Harch said a more diverse STEM workforce will deliver greater benefits for the community so we are eager to tap into regional and remote communities and currently underrepresented groups.

“STEM education fosters creativity and critical thinking helping to prepare young people transition into rewarding careers that have a positive impact on society, the environment and the economy,” Harch said.

“Through these grants, the Queensland Government is helping prepare Queenslanders for the future.”

The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist has awarded over $3.2 million to 232 successful applicants. In the 2022 round, 40 recipients received funding of $660,320.

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