Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Arthur Sinodinos has announced Round 2 of the Priming Grants component of the Global Connections Fund (GCF), which are open for expressions of interest from 3 February until 23 February 2017.
The GCF forms part of the Global Innovation Strategy under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The program is managed for the Government by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
The $4.9 million GCF supports global SME-to-researcher collaborations. The Priming Grants component offers grants of $7,000 to enable Australian SMEs and researchers to meet and collaborate with international partners to further develop their ideas.
The Priming Grants will contribute to more effective and strategic network formation and 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.
Applying for a Priming Grant is a two-stage, on-line process. Applicants prepare and submit a Priming Grant Expression of Interest which is assessed for eligibility. Once approved, applicants prepare and submit a Priming Grant Application.
Priming Grants Expressions of Interest are open from 3 February to 23 February. Priming Grant Applications can be prepared and lodged any time after 3 February – once applicants have received an EOI notice of approval to proceed and an EOI number.
Priming Grant Applications close 13 March and applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their grant applications mid-April 2017.