Global Connections Fund (GCF): Bridging Grants 2018 (Call 182)

Please note: eligibility testing for this scheme closes 14 June 2018. See Submission Requirements for details.

About this Scheme

Bridging Grants (BG) are a program of assistance that targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation, and commercialisation activities.

They are designed to support international Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) – Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

Funding & Duration

The Bridging Grants provide between AUD $25,000 to AUD $50,000 per grant to engage in these activities.

Bridging Grants cannot be used for basic research funding, for the acquisition of major capital equipment, or for conference travel.


  1. The Bridging Grants are open to Australian-based Researchers and Australian-based Small-Medium Enterprises (SME’s) who must be the primary applicants. Please check the partnering arrangements below.
  2. Applicants must be either Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  3. Australian research applicants are defined as those employed by a tertiary education institution, publicly funded research organisation, not-for-profit research organisation, or cooperative research centre.
  4. SME applicants must meet the definition of an SME, which is the term used to refer to microbusinesses, small businesses and medium sized firms. A small business has less than 20 employees, a medium business has between 20 and 199 employees.

Partnering Arrangements

The Bridging Grants only support the following partnering arrangements:

  • Australian SMEs looking to partner with Researchers in a priority listed economy.
  • Australian Researchers seeking to partner with International SMEs in a priority listed economy.
  • The Global Connections Fund does not support Researcher-Researcher or SME-SME Partnerships.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

Important Note: Multiple EOI applications from university research groups, departments or schools are permitted, provided the proposed projects are employing distinctly different technologies and/or are in different areas of research endeavour. In these cases, the proposed SME partners must also be different for each project proposal.

Please contact Paul Arthur, Research Business and Partnerships to discuss your submission.

  • Eligibility testing closed 14 June 2018.
  • All Bridging Grant applications are time stamped and must be received by 17.00 Hr (AEST) 28 June 2018.

Further Information

Need Help With a Submission?

Please contact Paul Arthur, Business Partnership Manager (ECMS, Arts & Professions) for assistance with a submission.

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