The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE), is offering grants to support research by teams of university students attending science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research competitions held domestically and overseas. The grant is provided for competitions being held from July 2020 to June 2021.
Grants will be awarded to university teams on a competitive basis, and are the primary mechanism by which sponsorship will be awarded for student research competitions by the OCSE.
The judging panel is comprised of OCSE staff, as well as an independent panel member/s.
The 2020-2021 sponsorship round will open in February - March 2020.
For further information about the Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program, including eligibility and section criteria, please refer to the 2019 Guidelines for Applicants, available below.
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.
Sponsorship from the 2019 SESCSP went towards critical components for Silvereye, the team's rocket.
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.
Subsequently, the rocket was successfully recovered using the onboard tracking telemetry system.
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.
The complete list of successful SESCSP 2019 applicants can be viewed here.
Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program 2019 Application Form
In a highly competitive round, the judging panel will give special consideration to competitions that:
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