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Fund to help businesses and researchers go global

2 May 2017

Today I’m announcing $280,000 in Priming Grants under the Global Connections Fund to enable 23 Australian researchers and 17 Australian small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to meet and collaborate with international partners to further develop their ideas.

Linking Australian SMEs with international researchers and Australian researchers with SMEs internationally helps build industry-researcher engagement enabling broader exchange of ideas, access to world-class expertise, infrastructure and the global market.

The funding announced will support quite diverse projects, ranging from research into new methods of detecting throat cancers to helping develop overseas markets for new turf varieties and new solar energy and energy solutions.

The Turnbull Government established the Global Connections Fund, a component of the Global Innovation Strategy, because industry and researchers need mechanisms to be responsive and act quickly when opportunities for collaboration arise.

The fund has $4.9 million over four years to support joint work between Australian researchers and SMEs with global partners through two components, Priming Grants and Bridging Grants.

Priming grants are small grants of around $7,000 to enable Australian SMEs and Australia researchers to physically meet with their international partners and develop their collaborative idea. Bridging grants are larger follow-on grants (up to $50,000).

The Global Connections Fund is administered by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

I also take this opportunity to announce that ATSE has called for Round 2 applications under the Bridging Grants initiative.

More information about the Global Connections Fund is available at: https://globalconnectionsfund.org.au/priming-grants

Media contact: Minister Sinodinos' office 02 6277 7070