Collaboration Pathways Program​

Up to $100,000 is available to support both established and early stage South Australian based collaborations.



The Collaboration Pathways Program program facilitates connections between the public and private sectors, encourages cross-sector interaction to develop innovative, high quality, collaborative research activities that improve efficiency in the use of intellectual capacity and the pooling of knowledge, expertise and resources.

The intent of the South Australian Government’s Collaboration Pathway Program is to support both established and early stage South Australian based collaborations (between researchers, research organisations, Government, industry, end users and others) that undertake leading-edge and potentially transformational research and development (R&D) which directly aligns with, and addresses strategic priorities for the State.



The objectives of the Collaboration Pathway Program are to:

  • Enable the development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research activities that address the most challenging and significant national and State research priorities;
  • Facilitate the pooling of knowledge, expertise and resources;
  • Enable larger scale or accelerated research programs of strategic importance to South Australia;
  • Enable effective translation of research and creating opportunities for transfer of knowledge, technologies, products and services that facilitate industry and/or community benefits in priority areas;
  • Foster and build critical mass and key research capabilities in South Australia by attracting and retaining world-class researchers and highly qualified personnel, as well as the most promising research students;
  • Provide capacity for high-quality postgraduate and postdoctoral training environments;
  • Improve competitiveness and gain recognition for South Australian research collaborations both nationally and internationally by improving South Australia’s research performance as evidenced by successful leveraging of Commonwealth, industry or other competitive research funding.



Funding assistance for the Collaboration Pathway Program will be up to $100,000 per annum.

The funding period will vary depending upon the nature of application, but may be for a term of up to three years, subject to annual reviews of performance against agreed objectives.


Eligible Projects

Funding for the Collaboration Pathways Program is open to all South Australian-based public or private research, educational organisations to support both established and early stage South Australian-based collaborations that undertake leading-edge and potentially transformational research and development which directly aligns with, and addresses the State’s strategic priorities.

Two funding categories are available:

 Category 1 – Collaborations-in-Development

This category provides financial support to organisations that may be pursing funding from the Commonwealth Government for a collaborative venture which is at an early stage of its development. This can include business case or proposal for a collaborative program or Centre.

 Category 2 – Leveraging Support

This category provides financial support for established South Australian collaborations where State Government support can demonstrate increased ability to leverage funding from a specific Commonwealth funding program, for example the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, National Health and Medical Research Council Centres of Research Excellence.


Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applications will be assessed competitively against the following criteria:

  • Purpose and expected outcomes of Collaboration Pathway Program funding support.
  • Alignment of the Collaboration with State and/or national priorities and ability to facilitate industry and/or community benefits in these priority areas.
  • Potential for the Collaboration to foster and build critical mass and key R&D capabilities in South Australia.
  • Sustainability of the Collaboration in terms of its potential and/or likelihood of attracting collaborating Partners, catalysing further investment from Partners and/or to leveraging funding from national and international sources (in the forms of grants and awards).



Applications can be submitted throughout the year. However, application received prior to 8 March 2013 will be considered for the current financial year.


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.

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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


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