Regional Collaborations Programme

The Regional Collaborations Programme (RCP) is a component of the Global Innovation Strategy under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The RCP is administered by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).

The programme aims to assist Australian researchers and businesses to build strong linkages in the Asia-Pacific region by funding multi-partner science, research and innovation activities that deliver innovative solutions to shared regional challenges.

These activities will, in turn, reduce collaboration barriers and promote an open approach to science, research and industry collaboration throughout the Asia-Pacific.

What support is available?

Funding support is available for single or multi-year collaborative projects, as well as collaborative workshops, that seek to develop innovative solutions to a shared challenge within the Asia-Pacific.

$3.2 million is available under this programme from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

The programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • assist in the removal of barriers for researchers and businesses seeking to collaborate on issues of regional and national significance;
  • support technical and research mobility; and
  • build research capability, facilitating Australia’s access to the global science and research networks and infrastructure.

Round 1 Outcomes

RCP Round 1 outcomes were announced by Assistant Minister Laundy on 11 October 2017.

Five Australian research agencies that are leading the collaborative projects have received funding offers from the Australian Government, totaling $897,210.

View the Media Release.

Details of the projects that have been awarded funding and other information on the programme can be found at

Information on arrangements for the second funding round will be announced in the first half of 2018.

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