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 -1st Call 2016

01/12/16: The outcomes of the first round of Bridging Grants (BG) were announced today by the The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. A full list of the successful applicants is available here. We congratulate all Bridging Grant awardees, and wish them success in their projects. 

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.

Priming Grants -1st Call 2016

The next round of Priming Grants will take place in the first quarter of 2017. We are planning two rounds during the year. To be notified of call details please sign up to the notification list and we will email you when call arrangements are finalised.

18/8/16: The Priming Grant outcomes were announced by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Please also see the news section for details.

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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