The Academy is pleased to announce the 34 Bridging Grants awardees for 2019.
Grants of up to $50,000 will support these Australian researchers and SMEs to engage with international partners and undertake product development, market testing and commercialisation activities.
The successful projects cover areas including advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals. The funding will support projects such as the development of a safer cochlear implant surgery, a laser nose to improve wine quality and health, and machine learning to improve diabetes management.
Previous grants have helped the University of Sydney partner with a US company on a project that uses nanotechnology to improve non-invasive early detection and diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. They’ve also helped fund a device for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease, virtual reality to improve health check-ups, and renewable fertiliser.
Bridging Grants provide $25,000 to $50,000 per grant as seed funding and support partnerships between small and medium sized businesses and researchers. Twenty researchers and 14 small businesses have been awarded the support.