What is the Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants?

The Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants is a funding initiative to support science and innovation projects where there is collaboration with a partner based in the Asia-Pacific region.



The Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants is part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy, under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The grants will help to fund projects that use digital methods of collaboration to address shared regional challenges that either directly or indirectly relate to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery in the Asia-Pacific region.



Grants of up to A$10,000 each are available for early-career and mid-career researchers to increase connectivity and engagement between Australian and Asia–Pacific economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eligible Projects

Applications are invited from early-career and mid-career researchers in the following fields of research:

  • Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Biomedical and clinical sciences
  • Built environment and design
  • Chemical sciences
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Health sciences
  • Indigenous studies
  • Information and computing sciences
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychology

Eligible budget items include:

  • database access/development
  • cloud computing
  • computational infrastructure
  • access to other research infrastructure
  • data collection
  • data preparation
  • developing code
  • remote fieldwork support
  • remote collaborations.


Eligible Applicants

At the time of submitting the grant application, the applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and living in Australia at the time of application
  • be employed by an eligible research organisation (ERO) as defined below
  • be either:
    • an early-career researcher, having received a PhD no more than 10 years* prior to the grant application closing date, or
    • a mid-career researcher, having received a PhD between 10 and 15 years* prior to the grant application closing date.

Eligible project applications must:

  • be led by an Australian researcher
  • include one or more partners from a regional economy on the Asia–Pacific region list, in addition to Australia as the lead project partner
  • utilise digital resources and tools to work collaboratively to address a regional challenge of significance to Australia, that either directly, or indirectly, contributes to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery
  • commence activities after grant recipients are announced and conclude by 31 January 2022.

The grants are available to Australian researchers from any of the following eligible research organisations (EROs):

  • Australian tertiary education institutions (as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • Australian cooperative research centres
  • publicly funded research agencies
  • Australian state or territory funded research organisations
  • Australian public research companies
  • Australian private research companies
  • Australian not-for-profit research organisations
  • other Australian incorporated entities.

An ERO must be an organisation that is registered for GST and, if a university, is registered as exempt from income tax. An ERO must not be a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (as defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013).



Applications close 14 December 2020.


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