ACSA Seed Grants 2020

A call for new applicants!

We’re calling for new applications for $1000 grants to help give you or your project a boost!

ACSA is excited to announce its third round of Seed Grants!  As a way of giving back to the community and investing in our members we are offering grants of $1000 each to two ACSA members to seed their professional growth or their project’s growth OR to pay for an open access publication of a citizen science paper.

What will you get from an ACSA seed grant?

* $1000 to seed your professional development or your project’s growth OR to help fund an open access publication of a citizen science paper.

* Exposure for your project and/or organisation.

* Motivation to initiate something you have always wanted to do.

* Quick and easy application process (online application form).

Last year’s winners:

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

University of Adelaide

Funding four trials of a citizen science project connecting school groups to the process of species discovery

Jodie Valpied

The Bacchus Marsh Platypus Alliance

Beginning a citizen science project on platypus habitat health, including purchase of water monitoring equipment

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for Seed Grant funding, you must be an ACSA Member! Not a member yet?

Proposed activities must be in line with ACSA’s strategic goals of Participation and Practice.

Participation – Encourage & promote broad and meaningful participation of society in citizen science so people become partners in creating science & increasing science literacy.

For example (but not limited to):

  • Activities that encourages participation in a citizen science project, could be a workshop, an event or a school outreach program or an app.
  • Development of a citizen science project that aims to meet these goals
  • Resources or training for citizen scientists participating in a project you run

Practice – Support the development of tools, methods, infrastructure, and resources to strengthen the practice, use and study of citizen science.

For example (but not limited to):

  • Attendance at a relevant course or event, such as a conference.  Can include registration, accommodation, flights etc.
  • Development of tools or infrastructure that aims to meet this goal.
  • Publication of an open access citizen science paper.

How to apply

Complete the Seed Grants Application Form before Friday 16th October, 2020, 5pm AEDST.

Please note, applications should be kept short to reflect the value of the grants. A maximum character limit applies to each judging criteria.

Judging criteria

Applications will be judged on the applicant’s response to the following:

  • Short description of proposed activity (maximum 200 characters).
  • Context or background to your proposed activity (maximum 1500 characters).
  • Detailed description of how the Seed Grant will be spent (maximum 1000 characters).
  • In what way does your proposal address ACSA’s strategic goals of Participation and Practice (maximum 1000 characters)?
  • Describe the expected outcomes and benefits of your proposed activity (maximum 500 characters).
  • Brief timeline for the delivery of your proposed activity (maximum 500 characters).

The Seed Grants winners will be announced at the CitSCiOzOnline Party on 28th October!

Recipients will also be contacted by email or phone.

Terms & Conditions

  • The grant is open to current ACSA members only.
  • The activity outlined application must be able to be completed within the year following the awarding of the Seed Grant.
  • The Seed Grants are two (2) grants of $1000 each.
  • Recipients will be asked to provide photos and a blog outlining how they intend to use the Seed Grants, for publication on the ACSA website. Additional information may be required for a year following the awarding of the Seed Grant.
  • Information provided by the recipients may be used by ACSA for promotional/publicity purposes. This may include, and is not restricted to, the information being used on websites, social media, printed material, press releases etc.
  • Personal information provided to ACSA can be used by ACSA, however such use will only be in connection with the Seed Grants.
  • The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final and no correspondence will be entered into on such matters.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the grants if, in their view, the quality of entries is insufficiently meritorious.
  • No entries will be received or considered after the close of entries.
  • Failure to meet all conditions of entry will automatically disqualify an entry.

Good luck!