Global Connections Fund to Boost Research-to-Industry Innovation

Global Connections Fund to Boost Research-to-Industry Innovation

The Australian Government and the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) today launch a new initiative to build sustainable global linkages for Australian SMEs and researchers in the area of science and technology.

On behalf of the Government’s Global Connections Fund ATSE now opens its call for Priming Grants – a new vehicle for driving collaboration between Australian researchers and overseas small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and Australian SMEs with overseas researchers.

Collaborative relationships are proven to produce better research quality and optimise the environment for innovation breakthroughs. Leveraging one another's strengths in a cooperative way will have benefits for both Australia and partner economies and assist in their development as technology leaders.

Cooperation in science, technology and innovation at the international level is vital in supporting economic growth in Australia

Priming Grants of $7,000,will contribute to more effective and strategic network formation .The Priming Grants will support collaborations that focus on national industry and research and science priorities: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technology and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; and oil, gas and energy resources.

The Global Connections Fund supports linkages with 17 priority economies.

The program will enhance access to international expertise and networks of researchers; provide a stimulating environment which triggers new ideas, technologies and innovations; and provide opportunities for SMEs to add value to products or services through access to and adoption of innovative research.