CAESIE Priming Grants

Up to $10,000 will be available for joint Australian-European research



CAESIE is a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia. It is  specifically targeted to establish science and technology collaboration and partnership between small to medium enterprises (SMEs) businesses and researchers (in Europe and Australia).

CAESIE priming grants are designed primarily to support potential SME-researcher partnerships in exploring the viability of an intended research and development (R&D) collaboration or technology solution. The distance between Europe and Australia represents a major difficulty for developing collaborations.

Stage one and stage two priming grants will facilitate the initial stages of SME-research partnerships by offering modest funding associated with consortium meetings (travel-related costs) and assistance with minor project expenses. Priming grants are not designed to fund ongoing research costs or to support existing collaborative activities.



CAESIE priming grants are intended to stimulate the intensification of joint Australian-European research and innovation by reducing the financial risk on both sides to enter a collaboration proposal.


Eligible Projects

Stage one priming grants will be available to eligible SME-researcher partnerships following the submission of a successful application.

The stage one priming grant  is to be used to facilitate an initial face-to-face meeting between the partners. It may be used to pay for travel, accommodation and other expenses associated with the meeting. It may be used by either partner (SME or researcher) to travel to a mutually convenient location though payments will be made to and managed by the SME partner. All project expenditure is to be incurred after the priming grant is issued.

Examples of activities supported by a stage one priming grant are travel-related costs: aeroplane, train, or bus tickets; taxi fares at destination; accommodation, meals and incidentals such as laundry expenses.

In stage two priming grants further funding will be available for SME-researcher partnerships that are able to demonstrate an ongoing collaboration extending beyond the initial face-to-face meeting. An ongoing collaboration may take the form of, for example:

    • Australian researchers connect with European SMEs to undertake specific R&D activities
    • European researchers connect with Australian SMEs to undertake specific R&D activities
    • Australian researchers provide technology solutions to EU SMEs (with Australian researchers owning the pre-existing Intellectual Property)
    • EU researchers provide technology solutions to Australian SMEs (with EU researchers owning the pre-existing Intellectual Property)

Examples of activities supported by a stage two priming grant:

    • travel-related costs, including accommodation and incidentals;
    • legal or contracting costs;
    • a contribution to salaries for non-ongoing (temporary) Australian or European personnel employed specifically in relation to the project or to assist with applying for major research /development funds; and
    • software or other ICT required to enable further interactions


Eligible Applicants

 Applicants for the CAESIE Priming Grants must be:

    • registered in Australia or in a European Union Member State or Associated Country; and
    • not 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 the European Union (for enterprises based in Europe).

Australian SMEs must be incorporated and registered for GST. Successful Australian applicants must supply their Australian Business Number (ABN).

Researcher qualifications will be assessed in terms of eligibility at the discretion of the CAESIE partners on a case-by-case basis.



An initial Priming Grant of AUD5,000 or EU4,000 (depending on exchange rates) will be made to eligible SME applicants to develop their relationship with a researcher or research organisations (Stage One).

Once a collaboration proposal is agreed in principle, CAESIE can provide a further Priming Grant of AUD5,000 or EU4000 (depending on exchange rates ) can be made to partnerships able to demonstrate successful ongoing collaboration or partnership efforts (Stage Two).



Stage One Priming Grants applications close Friday  11 October 2013. NO applications received after this date will be accepted.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines. The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy. Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills. Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further. We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

    • Demonstrating the identified need;
    • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
    • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
    • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
    • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
    • Calculating the value for money; and
    • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes


Additional Information

    •  CAESIE Priming Grants Expression of Interest process
    •  Test your SME status here before proceeding to the application
    • The CAESIE Priming Grants Guidelines can be downloaded here

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