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Global Connections Fund (GCF) Priming Grants

Applications have opened for Global Connections Fund (GCF) Priming Grants to help Australian researchers and business to expand their work overseas.

The grants of up to $7000 empower organisations to collaborate in the global arena, link with international counterparts and expertise, and explore collaborative projects in international markets.

To date, $2.9 million in GCF grants funding has been used to increase collaboration in science, technology and innovation at the international level. Previous rounds of Priming Grants have seen Australian researchers and small and medium businesses collaborating with partners in Europe, South America, Asia and the USA.

The purpose of the Priming Grants is to enhance collaboration specifically between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers in 17 priority economies (which include EU countries)

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.

For more information on how to apply