About Bridging Grants - Introduction

Bridging Grants (BG) are a program of assistance that targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities.

They are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

Applying for a Bridging Grant is not in any way dependent on previously being awarded a Priming Grant.

The Bridging Grants provide between AUD25,000 to AUD50,000 per grant to engage in these activities. They are highly competitive and are additionally supported on a matching funds/in-kind basis of additional resources from the applicant partners.

Bridging Grants cannot be used for basic research funding, for the acquisition of major capital equipment, or for conference travel.

Only one application per partnership proposal can be submitted.

The Bridging Grants program is administered by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. This initiative aligns with the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. 

The BG guidelines should be read in conjunction with relevant material provided on this website. Special attention should be paid to the website BG FAQ section which provides additional commentary and clarifications on the guidelines.