Global Innovation Linkages programme

The Global Innovation Linkages programme provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects.

  • Status: Open (not accepting applications)
  • Applications open: Yet to be determined
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry


The programme will support projects focused on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges.

  • The programme provides funding for business and researchers to collaborate with global partners on research and development projects.
  • Projects must focus on priority areas and priority economies (listed under the eligibility criteria).

What support or funding is available?

  • Funding of up to AU$1 million (this excludes GST) per project over a maximum of four years.
  • Project partners must at least match funding received from the programme with cash and in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions are non-cash contributions that are counted towards the applicants matched funding eg. Access to facilities, staff salaries.

Further information on the grant amount and grant period is in section 3 of the Programme Guidelines.

Who can apply?

A project will have a lead applicant and project partners.

Lead applicant

To be a lead applicant you must have an ABN and must be:

  • an Australian industry entity or
  • an Australian research organisation.

Project partners

The project partners must include at least:

  • one Australian industry entity and
  • one Australian research organisation and
  • one global partner from a priority economy (outlined in the eligibility criteria).

Further information on eligibility for the Global Innovation Linkages programme can be found in section 4 of the Programme Guidelines.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Your project must be in 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 are strongly encouraged to engage with the relevant Growth Centre in developing a proposal. Further information on the Industry Growth Centre Initiative is available at the Growth Centres’ websites (see links above).

Your project must include a global partner from on one or more of the following priority economies:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • European Union
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Further information on eligibility requirements for this round of applications, read the Programme Fact sheet.

What are the merit criteria?

You will need to address each of the following merit criteria in your application:

  • The expected economic outcomes to be delivered by the project (30 points)
  • The value for money offered by the project (30 points)
  • Demonstrated capacity and capability to carry out the project (20 points)
  • Expected national benefits (20 points)

Further information on the merit criteria is in section 5 of the Programme Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the online application form in the ‘I’m ready to apply tab’ before 5pm AEST 20 October 2016.

Contact us on 13 28 46 if you need help with the application process or if you can’t submit online.

How will I know if I am successful?

We will first assess your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage. We will then refer eligible applications to an independent advisory committee (the Committee) who will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications.

The Programme Delegate decides which grants to approve taking into account the recommendations of the Committee and the availability of grant funds. You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome and will have an opportunity to discuss the outcome.

Further information on how we assess your application for the Global Innovation Linkages programme is in section 7 of the Programme Guidelines.

How will payments be made?

The grant agreement will specify the payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

The first payment will be made after we enter into a contract for funding.

Your grant agreement will provide more details about how and when you will receive payments.

Key Documents

Please note: the Programme Guidelines have recently been amended with a minor change to Section 7.1 relating to the final decision on awarding of grants. There are no changes to any aspects impacting on the application.

Programme Guidelines

Programme Guidelines

Fact Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample Application Form

Sample Commonwealth Grant Agreement

Sample Commonwealth Grant Agreement

Key Personnel Curriculum Vitae (CV) Template

Information sessions

A series of information sessions was held in September 2016. Attendance at an information session is not a requirement to apply for a grant under the programme. If you were unable to attend or missed an information session in your area and have questions about the programme, please ring 13 28 46 or send your questions by email to

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