Grants to build strategic global partnerships


Today Minister Sinodinos announced 23 Australian researchers and 17 SMEs will each receive $7,000 in Priming Grants under the Global Connections Fund.

The grants will support SMEs and researchers to meet with new international partners to further progress their ideas and test commercialisation in industries of strategic growth in Australia. The Priming Grants will also enable greater international industry-researcher engagement creating better access to world-class expertise, infrastructure and the global market.

The Global Connections Fund, a component of the Global Innovation Strategy, provides funding of $4.9 million over four years to support Australian researchers and SMEs to collaborate with a global partner through its two components, Priming Grants and Bridging Grants.

Today the Minister also took the opportunity to announce that Round 2 of Bridging Grants will open for applications on 2 May 2017.

Bridging Grants provide up to $50,000 per grant and are designed to support global SME-Researcher projects to grow in scope and scale, test commercialisation and proof-of-concept activities.

Through the Global Connection Fund, Priming Grants and Bridging Grants are designed to:

  • Increase linkages and collaborations with key global economies
  • Promote researcher-industry engagement and knowledge transfer
  • Encourage translational activities, end use development and commercialisation outcomes

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) administers the Global Connections Fund (GCF), a component of the Global Innovation Strategy under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

For more information on grant recipients and their projects visit the Global Connections Fund website.  

For more information on how to apply for the Priming Grants, visit the Global Connections Fund website.

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