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 department 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.

Digital and Technology Skills Program

The Digital and Technology Skills Program, funded under the Future jobs, future skills strategy, awards grants to Western Australian STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education service providers.

Successful applicants receive grants to deliver projects that increase digital and/or technology skills or engagement in students from Western Australian schools with ICSEA values of 1000 or less and people in the community including the existing workforce who are under-represented in STEM.

Applications opened 26 February 2019 and closed 26 March 2019.

Premier's Science Fellowship Program

The Premier’s Science Fellowship Program (Fellowship Program) aims to attract leading researchers to Western Australia, and builds on the success of the previous Western Australian Fellowships Program to advance State Government science and innovation priority areas.

Applications to the Fellowship Program for packages of a leading researcher from interstate or overseas and a supporting early to mid-career researcher must address a Specific Area of Research in Western Australia, as stipulated by the department for each round of the program. The department has identified the following options for the Specific Area of Research for the 2019-20 Round: one of the three specific options below or a Specific Area of Research under the ‘Other’ option as specified:

  1. Remote asset management
  2. New energy technologies
  3. Mine rehabilitation and closure
  4. Other (in which case the Specific Area of Research must fall under one or more of the following priority areas: Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Mining, Space, Technology).

For more information about the 2019-20 Round, please contact Dr Ros Dilworth (

Science and Agribusiness Connect

The Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative 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. 

Innovation Co-investment Program

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

Other funding

The department 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.

External funding

Recently concluded programs

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