The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), under the National Innovation and Science Agenda invites applications for its Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants, which encourage participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics leading to STEM education and careers.
The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.
The program objectives are to:
- increase awareness and participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers;
- increase awareness and participation of girls and women in other parts of the innovation ecosystem including innovative businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial activities and careers;
- stimulate an increase in the number of women in senior leadership and decision making positions in government, research organisations, industry and businesses.
This round will only support projects that contribute to lasting systemic change by removing barriers for girls and women in these specific focus areas:
- Information Technology (IT)
Girls and women are significantly underrepresented in IT education and careers. These skills will be increasingly important as Australia transitions to a digital and technologically driven economy.
Girls and women are significantly underrepresented in engineering education and careers. These skills will be increasingly important as Australia transitions to a digital and technologically driven economy.
Intersectionality is a conceptual framework from which to understand and articulate the multiple barriers that all underrepresented groups face. Gender, race, class and sexual orientation do not exist independently from other aspects of life. Supporting girls and women who are facing multiple barriers to participating in STEM and entrepreneurship, such as girls and women with disability, residing in regional or remote locations, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, is critical to ensuring a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce and innovation ecosystem that is representative of our society.
Australian women are increasingly operating their own businesses but remain substantially underrepresented as entrepreneurs. Greater levels of entrepreneurship among women and better access to resources for women entrepreneurs is key to employment growth, economic diversity and financial independence.
Funding & duration
Grants of between $5,000 and $250,000 are available. The grant will provide up to 100% of eligible project expenditure.
The maximum project period is up to 15 months. Projects must be completed by 30 April 2022.
Submission requirements & due date
The University can only submit one application as lead organisation and therefore an internal selection process will be conducted.
Interested researchers must complete the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Expression of Interest form and submit to the SEAP Grants team in Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) by COB Monday 9 November 2020.