State Government investment in science supports the development and diversification of Western Australia's economy and delivers a range of benefits for the State.
The department works collaboratively with a range of partners to support the delivery of science priorities in the State. This also includes managing State Government funding in a range of programs and projects.
Digital and Technology Skills Program
The Digital and Technology Skills Program, funded under the Future jobs, future skills strategy, awards grants to Western Australian STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education service providers.
Successful applicants receive grants to deliver projects that increase digital and/or technology skills or engagement in students from Western Australian schools with ICSEA values of 1000 or less and people in the community including the existing workforce who are under-represented in STEM.
Applications open 26 February 2019 and close 26 March 2019.
Premier's Science Fellowship Program
The Premier’s Science Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program) aims to attract leading researchers to Western Australia, and builds on the success of the previous Western Australian Fellowships Program to advance State Government science priority areas. The Fellows appointed under the 2017 Round of the Fellowship Program were announced in this media statement.
Applications have now closed for the 2018 Round of the Fellowship Program. This round will provide funding support over four years to attract a leading researcher and a supporting early to mid-career researcher as a package to address the following Area of Research in Western Australia: automation; robotics; artificial intelligence; and/or machine learning.
Science and Agribusiness Connect
The Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative aims to build the capability of Western Australia’s agricultural science sector by developing the State’s research excellence in agriculture; boosting the work readiness of students in agriculture; and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the sector.
SAC's three constituent programs are:
SAC is part of the $400 million Seizing the Opportunity - Agriculture initiative and has been made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Applied Research Program
To date funding from the Applied Research Program has been allocated for:
- Shark Hazard Mitigation: This funding assists companies and universities to develop new technologies and devices to mitigate shark attack on beachgoers.
- Beach Enclosure Trial: This funding has been provided to conduct a beach enclosure trial in Western Australia.
Innovation Co-investment Program
The Innovation Co-investment Program invests in innovative research that will bring significant Commonwealth, international or industry research funding to Western Australia.
The department also manages State Government funding for a range of other projects, research facilities and centres. For further information please visit the Other Funding page on this website.
Recently concluded programs