Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program

UPDATE – Round 6 to be delayed due to COVID-19

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer (OCSE) will delay until further notice Round 6 of the Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program.

Please register at raap.grants@industry.nsw.gov.au for updates on the program or to ask a question of OCSE.

The NSW Government, through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (OCSE), offers grants to teams of university students attending science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research competitions held domestically or overseas.

Grants are awarded following a competitive assessment process. The assessment panel includes staff from the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer as well as an independent from the broader NSW public sector.

For further information about the Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program, including eligibility and section criteria, please refer to the 2020 Guidelines for Applicants, found below.

The complete list of successful 2019 applicants can be viewed here.


Key dates and deadlines -  SESCSP, Round 6

Applications open 

Delayed until further notice

Applications close 

Delayed until further notice


Application form and guidelines

Application Form - Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program

Guidelines for Applicants - Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program


Tips for competition 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 (for example, alignment to the NSW Premier's Priorities)
  • Include an accurate budget with appropriate detail
  • Highlight why sponsorship is needed and how grant monies would be spent

Contact

Centine Wilbello
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Phone: 02 9338 6784
Email: centine.wilbello@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au


2019 Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship 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.

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.