Past grants programs

Unlocking Australia’s Potential Grants Program

In 2012, 63 projects were awarded a total of $5 million in funding  for 2012-2014 under the Unlocking Australia’s Potential Grants Program.

The projects established or expanded throughout the 2012 grant round provide a mix of activities with a variety of approaches, audience, locations and topics. Through these activities, Unlocking Australia’s Potential is contributing to the development of a strengthened, cohesive and sustainable national program of science engagement.

The recipients were announced by the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, on 12 June 2012.


ScienceAlert: Engaging and Inspiring Young Australians on Facebook, ScienceAlert Pty Ltd

Sciencycle: Pedalling Science to the People – Science Busking Bike, Australian National University, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

Science Engagement Camp for Young Refugee Migrants Residing in Goulburn  /  Opening Doors, The Australian National University


The New Science and Engineering Challenge, The Science and Engineering Challenge, The University of Newcastle

dLab National Program, dLux MediaArts

NISEP – Engaging Rural, Regional and Indigenous Communities in Science, Macquarie University

Ultimo Science Festival, Powerhouse Museum

VIZBI+ Visualising the future of biomedicine, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Ologism – Science-Inspired Rock Performance, CSIRO

The National Science Challenge, University of Sydney

Far Out Science, University of New England

Science Centre and Planetarium Outreach Program, University of Wollongong (Science Centre and Planetarium)

UNSW Medicine – Dean’s Lecture Series, University of New South Wales

East Coast Humpback Whale Watch Catalogue, Southern Cross University

Fact or Fiction Roadshow, ANSTO – Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation

The Dream of the Thylacine, Erth Visual & Physical Inc

Science Fair and Border Stargaze, Astronomical Society Albury/Wodonga Inc (ASAW)

Science Across Generations, Scienza Viva

Solas: an interactive light and sound installation powered by clean energy, David Ryan

ACCELERATOR: A collaborative public program where art and science collide, Culture at Work

Sharing knowledge: Indigenous engagement in climate science, The University of New South Wales

Marine science for me! General public learning for involvement in marine science, University of Sydney


Apurtelhe-ileme (bringing together) science and Indigenous ecological knowledge, Akeyulerre Incorporate

Engaging remote Indigenous communities in climate-change science, CSIRO Ecosystemm Sciences

Harvesting Traditional Knowledge, ANKAAA

Sustainable Science Trail, Arid Lands Environment Centre

Indigenous Rangers Promote Science in their Communities, Tangentyere Council


Robogals on Tour, Robogals Inc.

Locating Science: Mapping Ecological Themes in Australian Film and Literature, University of Queensland

Sea Turtle Co-Management Travelling Roadshow, Sea Turtle Foundation

Parasites in Power, Australian Society for Parasitology Inc.

Talking Water, University of Queensland

Liddell Education’s “Science on the Road”, Liddell Education


Hidden National Treasure: Promoting the World’s First Animals, Straight Up

The Science of Ageing – Exploration of life stages birth to old age, RiAus – Royal Institution of Australia

3D Modelling of Koonalda Indigenous Art and Mining, South Australian Museum

SciWorld Sundays – free family science fairs in regional South Australia, SciWorld

Understanding the wombat by engaging the local agricultural community, Royal Zoological Society of SA – Conservation Ark

Megafauna Makeover – fossil preparation and conservation, South Australian Museum

Night Skies on the Eyre Peninsula, SkyWatch Astronomy Education


Eyes-on-the-water: inspiring Australians through participation in science, University of Tasmania

Exploring, understanding and appreciating Tasmanian marine natural values, University of Tasmania

Plant Hunter … Treasure Hunter! Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Aboriginal Discovery Science at Risdon Cove, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre


Field Guide Apps to Australian Fauna – by Museums, for the Community, Museum Victoria

Regioneering Road Show, Engineers Without Borders Australia LTD

Fresh Science, Science in Public

Climate change animations, CSIRO

Insight Radical: revealing science through art, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Melbourne

The art and science of mental health – the story of schizophrenia, CRC for Mental Health

Poo Power! GreenNation

Dimensional – a fusion of maths, circus and teenagers, Katherine Barnard

It’s Not Circus, It’s Science, Katherine Barnard

Love2read? Find science in books, share it! Inspiring Australia @ your library! Jeanie Clark


Fireballs in the Sky (FITS), Curtin University

Promoting the role of Chemistry in day-to-day life, Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. (RACI)

Tastes Like Science: Molecular Gastronomy and the Science of Foods Workshop, University of Western Australia

From fire-stick farming to the friendly frontier: landscape change at Albany, WA, The University of Western Australia

Science Rocks on the Road, Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) Inc

Perth Zoo mobile outreach Living with Wildlife Program for newly arrived refugees, Perth Zoo

Rocket Girl Rocket Shows, Rocket Girl

Carbon opportunities in Indigenous Communities, Infinivie

Ancient Science, WA Gould League Inc