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

The Bridging Grant call 182 is now closed for 2018. All applicants have been advised of the outcomes

Details of the successful applicants will be published here in due course.


Priming Grants 2018 - call PG181

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

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

The Minister's media release can be found here.


Priming Grants and Bridging Grants Outcomes 2017


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.

Global Connections Fund: Priming Grant Innovation Stories from 2016

Priming Grants are a very cost-effective and successful early stage engagement instrument. The first round under the GCF demonstrated that the program has global applicability in supporting engagement between SMEs and researchers. The profiles in this booklet are a snapshot of some of the researchers and SMEs who have been supported by the GCF.


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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