Global Innovation Linkages program

At a glance


Provides Australian businesses and researchers with matched funding of up to $1 million per project to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, your project must:

  • have a lead organisation and project partners, including at least one Australian industry entity, one Australian research organisation and one global partner, and
  • be in one of the priority areas of:
    • Advanced Manufacturing,
    • Food and Agribusiness,
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals,
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, or
    • Cyber security.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

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Provides matched 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 respond to industry challenges.

  • The maximum grant amount is AU$1 million.
  • The grant amount will be up to 50% per cent of eligible project expenditure.
  • The maximum grant period is four years.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, a project must have a lead applicant and project partners.

Lead organisation eligibility

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) as defined in Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a Cooperative Research Centre.

Project partners

Project partners must include at least:

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

Project eligibility

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

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 should engage with the relevant Growth Centre in developing a proposal. Further information on the Industry Growth Centre Initiative is available at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website and at the Growth Centres' websites (see links above).

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 - The extent to which your project improves international linkages with global economies (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 - Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 - The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 - The broader national benefits of your project (30 points)

For more information on the merit criteria please refer to section 7 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

How to apply

The Global Innovation Linkages program is currently closed to applications.

How we assess applications

We first assess your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We refer your application to an independent committee of experts. The Committee will include experts in industries and technologies relevant to each particular application round.

The Committee will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The program delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project. We set aside a minimum of five per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Grant recipients

View the successful applicants for round 2 of the Global Innovation Linkages program.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Key personnel curriculum vitae (CV) template
  • Letter of Support template  

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