The Global Connections Fund (GCF) provides initial funding support specifically to promote Australian Researchers and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration

The Program has consisted of two forms of funding: Priming Grants and Bridging Grants, both of which 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 call 2019 - Open

The final round of Bridging Grants under this current GCF program is open for eligibility testing from 0900hr (AEST) on the 3rd June 2019 and this phase closes at 1700 hr (AEST) on the 17th June 2019.

All Bridging Grant applications from eligible candidates can be submitted anytime after eligibility has been confirmed by email. All applications are time stamped, and must be received by 17.00 hr (AEST) on the 1st July 2019.

No late applications will be accepted.  

Recently updated details of how to apply for these grants are now on this website

You can read the Ministerial Press Release for this call here


Priming Grants 2019

We advise that Priming Grants under the current GCF program have now concluded and that there will be no Priming Grant round in 2019.

The Priming Grant component of this program has been extremely successful and has over the past 3 years supported 146 projects. To date, awardees final reports have indicated that in excess of 85% of the supported projects were rated as being very successful, with many positive outcomes being reported. It has been encouraging to observe that many Priming Grant awardees have gone on to expand their work though a Bridging Grant. 



Priming Grants and Bridging Grants Outcomes - 2017

The Priming Grant call PG171 for 2017

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

The Bridging Grant call BG172 for 2017

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