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STEM Student Competition Sponsorship Program

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE) supports high-tech, high-impact research by NSW students attending domestic and international research competitions.

The assessment panel includes independent representatives from the NSW public sector and the broader research community.

For further information about STEM Student Competition Sponsorship Program 2024, please refer to the Guidelines for Applicants – STEM Student Competition Sponsorship Program, below.

Key Dates

Monday 23 October 20232024 round opens
10:00 AEST Friday 16 February 20242024 round closes
April 2024Applicants notified of outcome


Guidelines for applicants - STEM Student Competition Sponsorship Program


Tips for applicants

  • The application form should not exceed the specified word limit
  • Focus on why the conference is important, and how it would benefit New South Wales
  • Include an accurate budget with appropriate detail
  • highlight why sponsorship is needed, and how grant monies would be spent


For further information about the program or to register for updates, please contact:

Juliet Ono 02 9228 5763

If you would like to receive further information about the STEM Student Competition Sponsorship Program or future programs and activities run by OCSE, please register using this form to be added to the mailing list.


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Previous funding

In previous years, OCSE provided support to the following successful applicants from NSW universities.

Previous program highlights

In June 2019, The University of Sydney's USYD Rocketry Team sent 10 students to compete in the third Spaceport America Cup, held near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The team entered the 10,000-foot (3048-metre) Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Motor category, competing against over 50 other teams.

Teams assemble at event

Sponsorship from the 2019 SESCSP went towards critical components for Silvereye, the team's rocket.

Silvereye rocket being displayed

Silvereye achieved a successful flight. All systems operated nominally as designed, with the rocket reaching an altitude of 10,027 feet, less than 30 feet (nine metres) from the target altitude, and only 12 feet (3.7 metres) away from the design prediction of 10,039 feet from simulation beforehand.

Rocket being launched

Subsequently, the rocket was successfully recovered using the onboard tracking telemetry system.

USYD Rocketry Team

The USYD Rocketry Team placed first in the 10,000 feet COTS category, receiving the highest score not only in the 2019 competition, but in the history of the Spaceport America Cup. The team demonstrated the excellence and ingenuity of Australian student engineers in Australia’s first venture in this international arena.