Global Innovation Linkages Programme

Up to $1M is available to support projects focused on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges.

TGlobal Innovation Linkages Programme


The Global Innovation Linkages Programme provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects.

The funding aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • supporting innovation, science, and commercialisation
  • increasing collaboration between industry, including small and medium enterprise (SME), and other end users and the research sector
  • enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries
  • working with priority economies to progress mutually beneficial innovation outcomes.



The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the department) is responsible for administering the Global Innovation Linkages Programme. The programme was announced as part of the National Innovation and Science agenda and will operate from 2016. This is an ongoing programme with an initial funding allocation of $18 million to 2020-21. Application rounds are expected to be held once every two years.



The Global Innovation Linkages Programme objectives are to:

  • build linkages with priority economies to enable Australia to improve research and business performance, and access international supply chains and global markets
  • contribute to improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian and priority economies in line with government priorities
  • foster high quality solutions to identified end user challenges through international collaborative research partnerships between industry entities, research organisations and global partners
  • encourage and facilitate SME participation in collaborative research.



The maximum grant funding amount per project is AU$1 million (exclusive of GST). The maximum grant period is four years.

Project partners must at least match funding received from the programme with cash and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions are non-cash contributions that are counted towards the applicants matched funding eg. Access to facilities, staff salaries.


Eligible Projects

Your project must be in one of the following priority areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources

These priority areas align with the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative. Applications for funding are expected to align with the relevant Growth Centre’s key themes, vision, strategic direction and/or Industry Knowledge Priorities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with the relevant Growth Centre in developing a proposal. Further information on the Industry Growth Centre Initiative is available at the Growth Centres’ websites (see links above).

Your project must include a global partner from on one or more of the following priority economies:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • European Union
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United States
  • Vietnam


Eligible Applicants

A project will have a lead applicant and project partners.

Lead Applicant

To be a lead applicant you must have an ABN and must be:

  • an Australian industry entity or
  • an Australian research organisation.

Project Partners

The project partners must include at least:

  • one Australian industry entity and
  • one Australian research organisation and
  • one global partner from a priority economy (outlined in the eligibility criteria).

To be eligible for grant funding, your application must:

  • be submitted to us by the closing date and answer all mandatory questions and attach all documents as specified in the application form
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • seek funding for a project in a priority area as identified in the application round
  • provide a project funding strategy for the Australian project activities, including evidence of the matched funding and/or in-kind contributions from participants
  • provide an outline of the global partners’ project activities including their anticipated funding.

The Programme Delegate may limit the number of applications that an organisation may submit in an application round.



Applications close 20 October 2016.


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