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 2018 - Call BG182

Confirmed BG timetable for 2018

  • Bridging Grants (BG-182) will open for eligibility testing on the 4th June 2018 and this phase will close at 1700 hr (AEST) on the 14th June 2018. Once BG eligibility has been approved and a BG application number issued, a full BG application can be prepared and lodged. 
  • All final Bridging Grant applications must be received by 17.00 Hr (AEST) on the 28th June 2018. 

Full details of this round are found here.


Priming Grants 2018 - call PG181 now closed

The Priming Grant call PG181, is now closed for 2018. 


Priming Grants and Bridging Grants Outcomes 2017

A list of the successful applicants in this round can be found here from the 2017 Priming Grant (call 171).

A full list of awardees is available here for the Bridging Grant (call 172). 

Priming Grants 2016 Outcomes -  ATSE 'Focus' Publication

ATSE has published in the October 2017 edition of FOCUS an overview of the outcomes from Priming Grant round PG 161 and a small selection of stories about some of those Priming Grant recipients. This content can be viewed online here.


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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