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.

Priming Grants -1st Call 2017

Details of this round are found here.

Please note: The first round of Priming Grants for 2017 are now closed for Expressions of Interest as of February 23rd 2017 at 17.00 Hr. Final Applications from those with approved EOI notices are due March 13th 2017 at 17.00 Hr.

Another Priming Grant round is planned for later in 2017.  To be notified of call details please sign up to the notification list and we will email you when the next call arrangements are finalised. 

Bridging Grants -1st Call 2017

The next call will be in the first half of 2017. Final dates and details are being developed and will be published on this site. Information will be sent to those who have subscribed to the BG mailing list by email notification.

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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