$4 million boost for Australia’s growing citizen science movement

From classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or sleeping habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research.

The Liberal Government will provide $4 million in Citizen Science Grants, over four years, to support more opportunities for the public to collaborate with researchers on high-quality, nationally important research projects.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said competitive grants between $50,000 and $500,000 will be offered to Australian researchers to engage the public in research.

“This investment will help researchers to do more work, while boosting public participation in science by involving people directly in the research process,” Mr Porter said.

“As well as providing valuable assistance to researchers, citizen science projects help participants to further their own interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The Citizen Science Grants initiative is part of the four-year, $29.8 million Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme, encouraging community participation in science and technology, as outlined in the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

It builds on past successful citizen science projects run by leading universities and research organisations, including online projects run for National Science Week each year.

Pearce residents may recall this year’s National Science week project, Wildlife Spotter, Mr Porter said.

“This project saw 50,000 citizen scientists, contribute 43,000 hours to analysing and identifying wildlife snapped from over 2.7 million images from automatic cameras in diverse wild and urban environments.”

The Liberal Government’s support for citizen science projects will contribute to Australia’s national science and research priorities and increase science participation in new fields.

Applications for the Citizen Science Grants close on 17 February 2017.

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