Bridging Grants Eligibility Criteria - a quick summary

  1. The Bridging Grants are open to Australian-based Researchers and Australian-based SMEs who must be the primary applicants. Please check the partnering arrangements below.
  2. Applicants must be either Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  3. Australian research applicants are defined as those employed by a tertiary education institution, publicly funded research organisation, not-for-profit research organisation, or cooperative research centre.
  4. SME applicants must meet the business.gov.au definition of an SME, which is the term used to refer to microbusinesses, small businesses and medium sized firms. A small business has less than 20 employees, a medium business has between 20 and 199 employees and SMEs have less than 200 employees  

SME applicants must:

  • be incorporated as a Pty Ltd or Ltd entity
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated and registered for GST
  • not be set up as a trust structure
  • not be a sole trader
  • not be engaged in any litigation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, investigations, of or before any court, tribunal, commission, arbitral body or other agency in any jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Australia (for enterprises based in Australia) or in the nominated priority economy

5. No applications can be made by prospective international partners.

6. Only one application per Researcher (including Research Groups) or SME.

7. You must have already identified a potential international partner and have their agreement before undertaking the eligibility test.

8. BG applications can only be made and received if you have previously taken and passed the eligibility test and you have received email confirmation of this along with a valid Bridging Grant application number.

Partnering Arrangements

The Bridging Grants only support the following partnering arrangements:

  • Australian SMEs looking to partner with Researchers in a priority listed economy.
  • Australian Researchers seeking to partner with International SMEs in a priority listed economy.
  • We do not support Researcher-Researcher or SME-SME Partnerships.

Further Information

Please consult the complete program guidelines for all details.

Please also read the Bridging Grants FAQ section which may assist in answering additional questions you may have.