2016-17 Research Conference Sponsorship Program

Conference Sponsorship Program

The NSW Department of Industry, through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, is again offering grants to support research conferences to be held in New South Wales.

This round of the Conference Sponsorship Program is open to individuals or organisations hosting conferences during 2017.

Successful applicants will be awarded funding of up to $10,000 each, depending on the overall quantity and quality of grant applications received in this round. The total funding pool in this round is $150,000.

The Conference Sponsorship Program will be open to conferences in the following categories:

  • Mathematical, information and computing sciences;
  • Physical, chemical and earth sciences;
  • Engineering, environmental sciences and renewable energy; and
  • Biological and biotechnological sciences.

The Conference Sponsorship Program is highly competitive and, as such, applications will be judged not solely on their own merit, but in relation to other applicants. The judging panel comprises NSW Office of Science & Research staff, as well as other independent panellist/s.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and are the primary mechanism by which the NSW Government provides financial support for research conferences.

OCSE does, however, reserve the right to provide RAAP support outside of a competitive grants round to research conferences/workshops that would deliver economic, environmental, social and/or technological benefits to New South Wales, and that align with the NSW Premier’s Priorities

For further information about the Conference Sponsorship Program, including eligibility and section criteria, please refer to the Guidelines for Applicants – Conference Sponsorship Program available for download at the below link.

Important dates

11 November 2016: Applications open

9 December 2016: Applications close

January 2017: Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the program

Application forms and guidelines

Conference Sponsorship Program Application Form

Conference Sponsorship Program Guidelines

Tips for conference applicants

  • The application form should be filled in correctly and with as much detail as possible within the word limit allowed
  • Focus should be on explaining why the conference is important, and how it would benefit New South Wales (for example, its alignment to the NSW Premier's Priorities)
  • The  budgets outlined should not contain discrepancies
  • The applicant should clearly outline why sponsorship is needed, and how grant monies would be spent

In a highly-competitive round, the judging panel will give special consideration to conferences that:

  • Are held regionally (outside of Sydney)
  • Are of high economic benefit to NSW (tourist revenue generated from conference attendees, or flow on benefits of the conference being held in NSW)
  • Present significant opportunities for the NSW research community (new research, innovation, partnerships, international linkages etc.)
  • Are based on issues that are of importance or relevance to NSW (areas of priority for the NSW Government, or issues that are of significant importance to the broader community)
  • Involve many and/or diverse delegates (number of interstate/international delegates, and diversity of attendees' backgrounds such as academia, industry, public sector agencies etc.); and
  • Submit detailed and accurate application forms that answer each question to a high standard.


Ms Jelena Damnjanovic
Phone:  02 9338 6819
Email: jelena.damnjanovic@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au