Programs & awards

Global Connections Fund

14 November 2018

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The Global Connections Fund (GCF) provides initial funding to promote international collaboration between researchers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

The Academy runs the GCF, which is supported by the Australian Government as part of the Global Innovation Strategy under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Priming Grants are focused on building links between Australian SMEs and international researchers, and Australian researchers and international SMEs, with the aim of generating commercialisation outcomes.

Bridging Grants of up to $50,000 help international SME-researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement to collaboration that can lead to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market-ready products or services.

Global Connections Fund Success Stories


The TechNOW podcast series explores ground-breaking research and innovation that has been made possible through the Global Connections Fund. In each episode of TechNOW you’ll hear how those collaborations are helping to deliver everyday technology that is shaping the future, from an app that can help heal a broken heart to sensors that monitor power flow through electricity grids in real time and new blood tests that can individually tailor cancer treatment.

All TechNOW podcasts

Episode 1 — Clever soles helping diabetics take safe strides
Episode 2 — Phones and Fitbits for healthier hearts
Episode 3 — Hollow glass fibres making lasers sharper
Episode 4 — The power flow tech revolutionsing solar
Episode 5 — An on the spot test to stop overdose deaths

More podcasts will be released during 2021.