The latest funding round (Round 3, 2017) is the annual Foundation’s 'by invitation' round that concentrates on Major Grants, accompanied by a number of other applications in several program areas. A total of $12.8m was awarded to 14 grantees.
There is a continuing concern that women are under-represented in science and that this is not just due to current career glass ceilings but also to girls not choosing to study STEM subjects at high school and university. So, how do we solve the problem of getting girls interested in STEM?
Following a very busy funding round in April, and with applications closed in a number of program areas this round, a smaller number of high value projects were considered by the Board of Governors at our September meeting. Of a total $14,044,000 in new approved grants, $12 million has been awarded to three outstanding projects in our new Major Grants stream. Due to existing forward commitments some of these projects will receive first payments in 2018 or 2019.
In the core program areas, just under $2 million will be shared across 14 projects plus a further 34 grants totalling $134,000 in our Knowledge and Learning stream.