The Turnbull government has opened applications for Australian-based small and medium businesses (SMEs) and researchers to access grants through the Global Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants.
Up to $50,000 per grant is available to support international SME-researcher partnerships to grow into collaborations that lead to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.
The Global Connections Fund has $4.9 million over four years to support joint work between Australian researchers and SMEs with global partners through two components, Priming Grants and Bridging Grants.
The Global Connections Fund is administered by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and is funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
It is an initiative of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.