Up to $1M is available from Global Innovation Linkages Programme to help businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development.


Global Innovation Linkages Programme

The Global Innovation Linkages Programme provides funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects. The program will support projects focussed on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges.

The Global Innovation Linkages program  was announced as part of the National Innovation and Science agenda and commenced in 2016.



The Global Innovation Linkages Programme 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 grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage). The maximum grant funding amount per project is AU$1 million (exclusive of GST).


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
  • Cyber Security

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.

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities
  • be in at least one priority area
  • include a global partner

Eligible activities must be directly related to the project and can include:

  • joint industry research projects with Australian partners and global partners
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and global economies for purposes related to the joint research
  • new research–related information sharing and communication initiatives related to the joint research
  • clinical trials
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • work with one or more Growth Centres to develop research outcomes that meet the strategic priorities identified by industry partners.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for grant funding you must apply as a lead organisation on behalf of partners who have agreed to collaborate to undertake eligible activities.

To be an eligible lead organisation you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST

and be one of the following eligible entities:

  • an Australian incorporated entity
  • a Publicly Funded Research Organisation (PFRO)
  • a Cooperative Research Centre.

The project partners must include at least:

  • one Australian industry entity and
  • one Australian research organisation and
  • one global partner.

If you have been a lead organisation, Australian partner or global partner in a separate project receiving grant funding you may still be eligible to apply or collaborate in a new project. However you will not be eligible where the proposed activity in the new application duplicates all or part of a project awarded grant funding. Activities may draw on the results of a previously funded project.



Applications close 14 November 2018.



The following applicants have been awarded funding offers under Round 2 Global Innovation Linkages program.

Grant recipient organisationProject titleGrant amountGlobal partners
Kico Knee Innovation Company Pty LtdRapid 3D robotic assistant for hip surgery$1,000,000United States of America
Curtin UniversityThermal battery development for concentrated solar power systems$1,000,000Sweden
Swinburne University of TechnologyIndustry 4.0 manufacturing of high volume light weight composites$1,000,000Austria, Germany, Israel
Queensland University of TechnologyPrecision medicine in prescribing through modern pharmacogenomics$711,154Switzerland
Central Queensland UniversityAutomated livestock ranagement technologies for Latin American markets$751,514Argentina
The University of WollongongIoT-battery electric transporter for underground coal mining$913,461China
Synchron Australia Pty LtdAustralia-US development of a commercial brain-machine interface$902,400United States of America
Omni Tanker Pty LtdNovel CFRP transport tank with highly durable anti-surge safety system$1,000,000Germany
The University of WollongongPower quality of future electricity network$761,471Germany, China


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