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Funding Programs

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State Government investment in science supports the development and diversification of Western Australia's economy and delivers a range of benefits for the State.

The Office of Science works collaboratively with a range of partners to support the delivery of science priorities in the State. This also includes managing State Government funding in a range of programs and projects.

Science and Agribusiness Connect

The Science and Agribusiness Connect (SAC) initiative is administered by the Office of Science and aims to build
the capability of Western Australia’s agricultural science sector by developing the State’s research excellence in agriculture; boosting the work readiness of students in agriculture; and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the sector.

SAC's three constituent programs are:

SAC is part of the $400 million Seizing the Opportunity - Agriculture initiative and has been made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. 

For more information visit the Science and Agribusiness Connect page on this website.

Applied Research Program

The Office of Science manages the Applied Research Program. To date funding has been allocated for:

  • Shark Hazard Mitigation: This funding assists companies and universities to develop new technologies and devices to mitigate shark attack on beachgoers.

  • Beach Enclosure Trial: This funding has been provided to conduct a beach enclosure trial in Western Australia.

For further information visit the Applied Research Program page on this website.

Current programs

The Office of Science manages the following funding programs:

  • The Western Australian Fellowships Program attracts world-class researchers from interstate and overseas to lead research in Western Australia.

  • The Innovation Co-investment Program invests in innovative research that will bring significant Commonwealth, international or industry research funding to Western Australia.

  • The Premier's Science Awards Program celebrates the State's best in scientific research and science engagement. For more information visit the Premier's Science Awards page on this website.

Other funding

The Office of Science also manages State Government funding for a range of other projects, research facilities and centres. For further information please visit the Other funding page on this website.