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

The call (172) is now closed. All applicants have now been notified of the outcomes of this round.

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, has now formally announced the successful grant outcomesA full list of awardees is available here.

The next round of Bridging Grants will be conducted on a similar schedule in 2018. Sign up here to be notified of the next call details.

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.

Partnering with Australia on innovation, science and research 

The Australian Government has developed a booklet showcasing Australia’s innovation, science and research credentials to the world. It outlines a range of opportunities for international parties to partner with Australia on innovation, science and research. 

Partnering with Australia on Innovation, Science and Research booklet (PDF 3.3MB)

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