Citizen science delivers benefits of epic proportions.
Not only are people able to get involved in hands-on data collection and enhance their scientific literacy, but they’re also contributing significantly to science-in-action. People are simultaneously learning and contributing to a shared understanding of an issue important to them.
Citizen science projects are on the rise in Australia. We even have our own Citizen Science Association. And now that the Australian Government has announced a new round of its Citizen Science Grants you kinda have no reason not to be exploring options in this space yourself.
The Australia Government Citizen Science Grants funds opportunities for people to participate, as citizen scientists, in scientific research projects that have a national impact and include the collection or transformation of data across the country.
It’s expected that participants in citizen science projects will learn new skills, form new networks, receive acknowledgement for participation, and receive updates on specific research projects.
This new round supports projects that contribute to areas of national significance by addressing:
- disaster resilience and preparedness
- environmental change
- cyber security and artificial intelligence
- food and agribusiness
Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply and funds of between $150,000 to $500,000 are available. The total pool is only $500,000 though.
Applications for the Citizen Science Grants 2020 close 17 December at 5.00pm (ACT time).
To apply, visit the Australian Government business website.