On 21 November 2016, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt announced the opening of the Citizen Science Grants element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.
The Australian Government is providing funding of $4 million over the next four years to promote collaboration between Australia’s best scientists and the public as part of the government’s $48 million initiative to inspire STEM literacy and engagement in all Australians under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Citizen Science Grants will boost public participation in science by involving people directly in the research process. As well as giving researchers many helping hands, it helps people learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and use their knowledge and skills to progress our understanding of the world around us.
Recent increasing participation in citizen science has demonstrated Australia’s passion for science, and the Government is dedicated to supporting this.