AAS Education Grant - 'Richard Booker Education Grant'

The Australian Acoustical Society (AAS) Education Grant has been established to encourage and enhance the study of acoustics in Australia and in particular to encourage research in acoustics. The main criterion is the likely benefit that the successful completion of the proposed project will provide for acoustics, for the AAS and for its members. 

The Education Grant was renamed the 'Richard Booker Education Grant' in 2020 in memory of Mr. Richard Booker (Hon. MAAS) and his contribution to the AAS and its objectives.



Examples of projects likely to be viewed favorably include:

  • one whose outcomes would enable a significant number of AAS members to resolve community or environmental problems more satisfactorily;
  • one which involves collaboration between education/research institutions and industry based organisations;
  • one which would produce good publicity for the AAS and for the science and practice of acoustics in Australia;
  • one which enhances the quality or quantity of educational offerings in acoustics in Australia.

Projects will be judged on their originality and their likelihood of successful completion within reasonable timeframes. The multiplier effect of having partial funding from other sources will also appeal to the judges. However, the AAS remains interested in funding projects that may not proceed without AAS funding. If the proposal involves funds from a number of sources, it should be made clear how the AAS contribution would be acknowledged. The potential for the outcomes to be published in Acoustics Australia and/or presented at the annual conferences and technical meetings of the Society would be viewed favorably.

The grant is open to educational institutions, companies and organisations and individuals for the purpose of financing special acoustic projects, providing scholarships, assisting projects with the purchase of software and equipment or any other worthwhile use involving acoustics. Applications for the purchase of software and equipment by government and commercial organisations will be considered on a case by case basis but may be considered unfavorably unless consideration is given to hiring equipment.

The total grant of $20,000.00 may be split between several projects.  The AAS does not accept "Indirect Costs" or "Administration Fees" or other kinds of ancillary charges to be charged against the grant awarded.

Awards made under the Australian Acoustical Society's Education Grant are for the express use of the successful recipient for the project outlined in the winning submission.  Thus applicants should not assume that they would necessarily receive all the available funding if their application was successful and should not necessarily request the maximum amount of the award.

The closing date for submissions is 5:00 PM AEST July 31 and the winning entry will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, usually in November.


Any educational institution, companies and organisations, professional, student or layperson may submit an entry for the grant. Entries are limited to one per person or group per annum.


The submission should not be greater than 4 A4 pages, but must address ALL of the following areas:-

  • Entry details.  Title of Submission, Project Name, Contact Organisation and Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers, Email, For Group Entries, names and contact details of other members.
  • Introduction. A brief outline of who is applying for the grant and why. This should include all the personnel directly involved (and their affiliations).
  • Proposal. A brief description of the aim of the project, including a justification for a scholarship, or the intended use of equipment, etc.
  • Methodology. An explanation of the method to be applied to carry out the proposed project.
  • Outcome. A clear description of the expected outcome of the project and the benefits of this outcome to the AAS, its members and to the wider Australian community. Indicate how the outcome will be reported.
  • Request. Total amount requested with justification. Quotes to be supplied if grant is mainly required for the purchase of equipment.
  • Timing. Estimate time required to complete the project. 

The selection committee may seek additional information from the applicant as part of its selection process. The selection committee may place conditions on the award such as progress payments on the basis of progress reports or publication of outcomes in Acoustics Australia, etc.


Entries should be forwarded, preferably in electronic form, to the General Secretary:

General Secretary
PO Box 1843
Toowong DC QLD 4066
[email protected]
Note business hours are 9am-5pm AEST Monday to Friday.

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