Grants to boost International Collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation


Media Release Tuesday 6th February 2018

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

  • Minister for Jobs and Innovation
  • Senator for Western Australia

Applications have opened for Global Connections Fund (GCF) Priming Grants to help Australian researchers and business to expand their work overseas.

The grants of up to $7000 empower organisations to collaborate in the global arena, link with international counterparts and expertise, and explore collaborative projects in international markets.

Full details here:


Priming Grants 2018 - call PG181 is now open

The Priming Grant call PG181, is now open for Expressions of Interest (from 0900hr on the 5th of February). This phase will close on the 19th of February 2018 at 17.00hr, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Priming Grants can be prepared and lodged anytime after the 5th February but only if you have received an EOI notice of approval to proceed and have been issued an EOI number.

Applications Closing date: All final Priming Grant applications are time stamped and must be received by 17.00 hrs Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on the 8th March 2018.

Full details of this round are found here.

Grants help Australian researchers and SMEs go global

Eighteen Australian researchers and 11 small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) will share in $1.4 million in government grants to meet and collaborate with global partners to progress their ideas. 

Today I announced the grants, under the Global Connections Fund, which will provide seed funding to help viable Australian projects to grow in scope and scale, and to test commercialisation and proof-of-concept activities.

Creating Collaborative Business Opportunities through Bridging Grants

The 2017 round of Bridging Grants were announced today by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator The Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO.

The 29 grantees announced will receive funds totalling $1.422 million to support a range of early stage research translation/commercialisation activities including proof of concept, market testing and early prototyping of projects. 

Science-business grants for International innovation collaboration - ATSE

Forty innovative technology-business projects have been awarded funding in the second round of Priming Grants announced yesterday by Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

Priming Grants are a program of the Global Connections Fund which is managed by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) as part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy funded under the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).