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).
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.
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 organisation||Project title||Grant amount||Global partners|
|Kico Knee Innovation Company Pty Ltd||Rapid 3D robotic assistant for hip surgery||$1,000,000||United States of America|
|Curtin University||Thermal battery development for concentrated solar power systems||$1,000,000||Sweden|
|Swinburne University of Technology||Industry 4.0 manufacturing of high volume light weight composites||$1,000,000||Austria, Germany, Israel|
|Queensland University of Technology||Precision medicine in prescribing through modern pharmacogenomics||$711,154||Switzerland|
|Central Queensland University||Automated livestock ranagement technologies for Latin American markets||$751,514||Argentina|
|The University of Wollongong||IoT-battery electric transporter for underground coal mining||$913,461||China|
|Synchron Australia Pty Ltd||Australia-US development of a commercial brain-machine interface||$902,400||United States of America|
|Omni Tanker Pty Ltd||Novel CFRP transport tank with highly durable anti-surge safety system||$1,000,000||Germany|
|The University of Wollongong||Power quality of future electricity network||$761,471||Germany, China|