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Please see below a number of WA State Government initiatives which are currently open for applications.


X-TEND WA is a new pilot competitive grants program, funded under the New Industries Fund, which is designed to build capability and capacity within the WA innovation community.  X-TEND WA will fund organisations which deliver innovator and/or investor educational programs that support the development of entrepreneurs and stimulate private investment in innovative projects in Western Australia.

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) is seeking applications which deliver activities in one or two of the following streams:

  • Entrepreneurial education
  • Investor education

They may take the form of educational forums, mentoring, and incubator and accelerator programs.

The New Industries Fund will invest up to $100,000 per successful application. Applications close 11am (AWST) Tuesday 23 April, 2019.

Proposed programs must be delivered in Western Australia and contribute towards the growth of the innovation community. Applications that strengthen innovation ecosystem collaboration and improve access to, or participation in, the Western Australian innovation community are encouraged.

To apply and for further information, please visit the New Industries WA website.

Please contact Tegan Bensley with any questions on (08) 9222 0748 or email Tegan.bensley@jtsi.wa.gov.au.

Premier’s Science Awards

The Premier’s Science Awards recognise and celebrate the research, study and engagement achievements of the Western Australian science community across all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.  Applications close 10.00 am (AWST) Tuesday 23 April, 2019.

The five award categories in 2019 are:

  • Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize)
  • Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year ($10,000 prize)
  • Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize)

The Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year is a new award in 2019 and is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate university students undertaking studies or research in a STEM discipline, including health and medicine.

You are also invited to nominate Western Australians who are pre-eminent in their field to be considered for induction into the Science Hall of Fame. The WA Science Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognise exceptional lifelong contributions from Western Australians to science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Further information can be found on the Premier’s Science Awards and WA Science Hall of Fame webpages.

The Premier’s Science Awards are proudly sponsored by Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Woodside.

The Premier’s Science Awards are proudly supported by Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, University of Notre Dame and University of Western Australia.

Science Industry PhD Fellowships

The Science Industry PhD Fellowships offer a $10,000 a year top-up to PhD scholarships for three years where the student is actively pursuing research to solve an industry problem or create a new business opportunity in conjunction with a local company. Up to 24 fellowships will be offered over three years.

Applications for Round 2 have opened and will close on 30 April, 2019.

Further information can be found on the Science Industry PhD Fellowships page.

To apply and find out more, contact projects@innovationcluster.com.au.

Community Stewardship Grants

The State Government’s $7 million 2019-20 Community Stewardship Grants support projects that help care for a local natural area, conserve WA’s biodiversity, improve sustainability in agriculture and build the capability of NRM community groups.

Large grants between $35,001 and $450,000 support higher value, multi-year and more strategic projects. Small grants between $1,000 and $35,000 provide funding for shorter term, more responsive projects.

Eligible applicants include local landcare, farming and NRM community groups, schools and local governments.

For queries, phone the State NRM Program on 08 9368 3168.  Applications close 12.00 pm (AWST) 10 June, 2019.