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.

Premier's Science Fellowship Program

The Premier’s Science 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 priority areas. The 2017 Round of the program has provided funding support over four years that has attracted a leading researcher and a supporting early to mid-career researcher as a package to address an area of need in Western Australia related to human phenomics research and data analysis, as announced in this media statement.

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. 

Applied Research Program

To date funding from the Applied Research Program 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.

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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