20 June 2018
Thirty-eight innovative technology-business projects have been awarded funding in the third round of Priming Grants announced today by Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation.
Priming Grants are a program of the Global Connections Fund which is managed by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) as part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy funded under the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).
Priming Grants, each of $7,000, support early stage international Researcher-SME engagement in key industry priority areas – advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technology and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; and oil, gas and energy resources.
Some 65 per cent of grants were awarded in the medical technology and pharmaceuticals and the food and agribusiness sectors.
The $266,000 funding was awarded to 23 Australian researchers and 15 Australian small to medium sized businesses.
The geographical breakdown of the awardees’ partner economies were Europe (31.5 per cent) the US (29 per cent) and Asia (29 per cent).
Priming Grant Awardees 2018 (PDF).
The Academy was impressed with the range and quality of the applications received.
Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE FRACI CChem, Chief Executive Officer of ATSE, said: “The Priming Grants provide flexible and targeted funding to allow researchers and businesses to pursue early stage commercialisation engagement opportunities globally and have been in strong demand from those working in the five industry priority areas.”
Read the 2016 Priming Grants Innovation stories.
The Global Connections Fund, administered by ATSE, is an initiative of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Full details are on the Global Connections Fund website.
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