Priming Grants

The purpose of the Priming Grants is to enhance collaboration specifically between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers with SMEs and researchers in 17 priority economies. Priming Grants encourage translational activities, end use development and commercialisation outcomes. They do not support research only projects.  

The program only supports Researcher-SME collaborations and does not support SME-SME or Researcher-Researcher collaborations. Details here.

Priming Grants are intended to stimulate the formation of joint Australian-Partner research and innovation by reducing the financial risk on both sides to enter into a collaboration proposal. Priming Grants therefore should not be regarded as simply travel grants, they have specific intent and outcomes.

The grants will support Australian SMEs and researchers to:

  • enable initial exploratory partner meetings to take place
  • undertake consortium meetings (travel-related costs), assistance with minor project expenses; and /or costs associated with establishing formal relationships (legal agreements) or funding applications for joint activities.
  • support potential SME-researcher partnerships in exploring the viability of an intended research and development (R&D) collaboration or technology solution
  • explore avenues for follow-on project seed‑funding

Priming Grants are not designed to fund ongoing research costs, or to support existing collaborative activities.

Your proposed partner should not be part of an exisiting research or commercial relationship but a new opportunity you are seeking to explore.

Priming grants are not intended for use to support research projects on SMEs, commercialisation or entrepreneurial activities. They are solely intended to promote translational activities between entities which lead to new innovations in products or services.

A summary schematic of how Priming Grants operate is found here.

The Priming Grant funding may be matched by the overseas partners although this is not obligatory.

Priming Grants offer total funding of $7,000 AUD/applicant to eligible SME-researcher partnerships for activities preparing cooperative, international R&D projects or facilitating technology solutions. See the call timetable here.

Priming Grants are only open to Australian-based Researchers and Australian-based SMEs who must be the primary applicants. No applications will be received from international partners.

SME classifications for each priority economy are found here.

Full details of the conditions are contained within the Priming Grant Guidelines.