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$1 million boost for global business initiatives
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews today announced 22 grants to Australian researchers and small-to-medium enterprises to help take business ideas to the world.
Bridging Grant winner Professor Els Meeusen will connect with medical specialists in Japan.
Between them, the awardees will share $1 million in Bridging Grants, under the Global Connections Fund (GCF).
“These grants provide funding to help with product development, market testing and proof-of-concept activities,” Minister Andrews said.
“The recipients will each receive up to $50,000 of funding through the third round of the grants – the ultimate aim is to produce market-ready products or services.”
Examples of projects being funded include:
Professor Els Meeusen and CancerProbe Pty Ltd in Victoria will partner with medical specialists in Japan to construct a prototype blood test for the detection of ovarian cancer.
Professor Roger Hegarty from the University of New England in New South Wales will partner with a Brazilian agriculture industry partner to advance the sustainability of beef production.
Mr Iain Ralph from Australian biotechnology company, Cannenta Pty Ltd in Victoria, will partner with United Kingdom researchers to bring affordable, effective advanced wound care products to emerging markets around the world.
The GCF is managed by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering as part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy funded under the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Full details are on the
Global Connections Fund website
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