5 February 2018
The $7,000 grant links SMEs and researchers with international partners to bring real world applications to research ideas.
A grant that links research with industry opens for expressions of interest today for the third consecutive year. Priming Grants – a component of the Global Connections Fund – offer $7,000 to enable Australian SMEs and researchers to meet and collaborate with international partners to develop their ideas.
The Priming Grants help form effective networks and support collaborations focused on the following national industry and research and science priorities:
Professor Els Meeusen received the Priming Grant in 2016 and used it to link with scientists in Japan.
“The application and monitoring process is straightforward and the experience very worthwhile,” she said. Professor Meeusen is the founder of CancerProbe – a biotechnology organisation that uses lymph nodes to detect tumour antigens.
But getting access to lymph node tissue in Australia for research isn’t easy, and the grant gave Professor Meeusen access to a hospital in Japan where she could receive lymph nodes to study.
“The Priming Grant allowed me to demonstrate the correct procedures for tissue collection and train a local scientist in this process, which forms the basis of our discovery project,” she said.
“The personal interaction also established a better bond between us.”
Applying for a Priming Grant is a two-stage, online process. Applicants prepare and submit a Priming Grant Expression of Interest which is assessed for eligibility. Once approved, applicants prepare and submit a Priming Grant Application.
The Global Connections Fund forms part of the Global Innovation Strategy under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The program is managed for the Government by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
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