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. 

Outcomes of Priming Grants First Round for 2016

The Global Connections fund is pleased to present the outcomes of the Priming Grant round for 2016. 

A list of the successful awardees can be viewed here.

Overall Summary

EOI submitted:  172

EOI approved:   123 (EOI approval rate ~ 72%)

EOI rejected:    49

PGA final for review: 108 (88% of approved EOI)

PGA approved after review: 74 (69%)

Applications by Priority Area & Economy

PG by SME or Researcher and Economy

PG Partners by Economy

Priority Areas vs Priority Economies   

Advanced Manufacturing

Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals

Food and Agribusiness

Oil, Gas and Energy Resources

Mining Equipment, Technology and Services

Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP)

This is not part of the  Global Connections Fund activities or projects but may be of interest.

The Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) is a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (science and research knowledge exchange). The 2016 exchanges will take place 25 July- 6 August (Chinese scientists to Australia) and 30 October-11 November (Australian scientists to China)

Details can be found here


New Opportunities to Drive Innovation and Science Collaboration

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, announced the first round of grants under the Global Connections Fund, at the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) awards ceremony in Adelaide today.

The Global Connections Fund will provide grants to help Australian researchers and businesses collaborate in the global arena, link with international counterparts and expertise, and seize opportunities and explore collaborative projects in global markets.