The Global Connections Fund (GCF) aims to provide initial funding support specifically to promote Australian Researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration

The Program consists of two forms of funding: Priming Grants and Bridging Grants which 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 program only supports Researcher-SME collaborations and does not support SME-SME or Researcher-Researcher collaborations.

Bridging Grants - 2017

May 16th 2017: The next round of Bridging Grants (Call 172) is currently only open to applications for those who have passed the eligibility test.  Eligibility testing closed out at 17.00hrs AEST on May 16th. The timetable for this call is here. Final applications are due at 17.00hrs AEST on May 23rd.

All of the information required to complete a Bridging Grant application is on this website. This includes the guidelines, the FAQs, eligibility criteria and details on the process of application. You can also download an example application form and budget template for consideration.

Priming Grants - 2017

The call (171) is now closed. Original details of this round are found here.

A list of the successful applicants in this round can be found here.

The next Priming Grant round will be in early 2018. To be notified of future call details please sign up to the notification list and we will email you when the arrangements are finalised. 

The Global Innovations Strategy

The Global Connections fund is part of the Australian governments Global Innovations Strategy. Learn more about this and download a PDF of the strategy here.


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