Fostering global business and research partnerships - Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews

Australian researchers and businesses can receive up to $50,000 funding from the Morrison Government to take their products global under round four of the Global Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the grants are designed to strengthen international partnerships between small businesses and researchers.

Taking Australian business and research to the global stage

A blood test designed to improve early detection rates of ovarian cancer is one of the projects to be funded under a new round of the Global Connections Fund from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Australian researchers and small-to-medium businesses will share in more than $1 million funding.

“These grants provide funding to help with product development, market testing and proof-of-concept activities,” Minister Andrews said.


Thirty-eight innovative technology-business projects have been awarded funding in the third round of Priming Grants announced today by Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation.

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).

Funding Boost Takes Small Projects to International Markets

With financial support from the Australian Government, researchers in Adelaide will head to the largest almond producing country in the world—the US— to trial their new variety of almonds in the hope of creating massive sales in its nurseries.

The University of Adelaide’s almond breeding program is just one of 38research and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) projects being boosted with $7000 Priming Grants, in the latest round of grants offered under the Global Connections Fund (GCF).

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.