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ROGER PRICE MP

Federal Member for Chifley

 

PO Box 259 Mt Druitt NSW 2770

 

For Immediate Release

 

SCIENCE GRANTS AVAILABLE

 

Commonwealth funding is available on a competitive basis from the Science and Technology Awareness Program to provide support for projects to be held in National Science Week 1999, said Roger Price MP, Federal Member for Chifley.

 

The aim of National Science Week is to focus public attention on the role of science, engineering and technology in the community through public events and extensive debate of scientific issues. National Science Week recognises the importance of science, engineering and technology to Australia's future and celebrates the achievements of Australians working in these fields.

 

"It is important to encourage Australia's youth to develop an interest in science, which will then hopefully lead to the maximisation of our great potential in the field", said Mr Price.

 

"In recent years school students interest in the sciences has waned. This has happened during a period in which our leading scientists have achieved international success, being awarded prestigious awards in the sciences".

 

"Our current Australian of the Year, Professor Peter Doherty, won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work In the sciences", said Mr Price.

 

"It would be a shame if we could not continue going from strength to strength in the sciences due to a lack of interest from our youth, thus it is of the utmost importance that we promote the sciences as much as possible. The National Science Week 1999 Grants go towards meeting this end".

 

Up to $250,000 is available for national distribution. The maximum available per project is $15,000 but preference will be given to smaller projects. There is no minimum amount on offer.

 

Individuals or groups wishing to submit an application seeking financial support from the S&T Awareness Program should request an information package from the contact numbers below. The activity must be held during National Science Week 1999 which will be held from 1 May to 9 May 1999.

 

Applications must meet the selection criteria stated in the information package and must be submitted on the 1999 National Science Week Grant application forms. Funding is available for National Science Week 1999 grants only.

 

It is expected that successful projects will be announced in November 1999.

 

"I encourage the constituents of Chifley, including students from local high schools, to submit proposals for project grants", concluded Mr Price.

 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Close of Business, FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 1998.

 

CONTACT FOR INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORMS:

 

Telephone: (voicemail): (02) 6213 6455

Fax : (02) 6213 6422

E-Mail : stap@dist.gov.au

 

Media Contact: Michael Galderisi, Phone: 9625-4344, Fax: 9832-2641

 

Dated: 4 August 1998

 

 

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