Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program

The NSW Department of Industry, 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 2019 to June 2020.

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.

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

Important dates

  • Monday 18 March 2019 Sponsorship Program applications open
  • Wednesday 10 April 2019 Sponsorship Program applications close
  • Late April 2019 Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the Program

Application forms and guidelines

Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program 2019 Application Form

Science and Engineering Student Competition Sponsorship Program 2019 Guidelines for Applicants

Tips for competition 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 is important and how the team’s participation would benefit New South Wales (e.g. its alignment to Premier’s Priorities which can be found at
  • The budgets outlined should not contain discrepancies
  • The applicant should clearly outline why sponsorship is needed, and ensure that funding is used for research purposes

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

  • Are subjects of potential economic benefit for NSW (e.g. resulting in prospective research partnerships or start-ups; options for further contracted NSW research)
  • Present significant opportunities for the NSW research community (e.g. presenting new research, innovation; creating partnerships, international linkages etc.)
  • 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)
  • Detailed and accurate application forms that answer each question to a high standard.


Carl Thompson
Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Phone: 02 9338 6617