Supporting Young Scientists Program

The NSW Department of Industry, through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE) has introduced the Supporting Young Scientists Program (SYSP).

The SYSP is offering grants to NSW high school students participating in competitions, events or courses, either domestically or internationally, which offer the potential for significant educational advancement in an area related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The grant is provided for competition, events or courses being held from July 2018 to June 2019.

The 2018/19 SYSP is now closed. The complete list of successful 2019 SYSP applicants can be viewed here.

Grants are awarded on an ad hoc basis, and are the primary mechanism by which funding will be awarded to eligible NSW high school students participating in STEM-related competitions, events or courses by the OCSE.

The judging panel is comprised of OCSE staff, as well as an independent panel member/s.

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

Important dates

An announcement on the 2019/20 Supporting Young Scientists Program will be made shortly.

Application forms and guidelines

Supporting Young Scientists Program Application Form

Supporting Young Scientists Program Guidelines

Tips for 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 competition, event or course will offer the potential for significant educational advancement.
  • The budget outlined should not contain discrepancies
  • The applicant should clearly outline why funding is needed and that this funding is used specifically to enable participation in the competition, event or course.

As funding is awarded on a competitive basis, the judging panel will give special consideration to applications that:

  • Are based on issues important or relevant to NSW (areas of priority for the NSW Government, or issues that are of significant importance to the broader community)
  • Offer detailed and accurate answers to each question.


Bruce Ritchie
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Phone: 02 9338 6817