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Global Innovation Linkages Programme

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Global Innovation Linkages Program provides funding to help Australian businesses and researchers collaborate with global partners. They support strategically focused, leading-edge research and development.

Your project must be in at least 1 of their 6 priority areas. The priority areas align with the six Government-funded Industry Growth Centres set up to support industry. Read more on the relevant Growth Centre website:

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Education

National Intelligence Postdoctoral Grants

Funder:  Federal – Office of National Intelligence

Grant Background: The National Intelligence Postdoctoral Grant is a new initiative, which involves the sponsorship of unclassified academic research designed to achieve Australian Government objectives for research and innovation in national intelligence and security.

The program will offer funding for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions for early career researchers to undertake academic research in relation to Research Problems – specific areas of interest and relevance to the National Intelligence Community.

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Education

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in:

  • scientific research
  • research-based innovation
  • excellence in science teaching

The prizes will award up to $750,000 each year for outstanding achievements.

The Science Prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally.

There are 5 Science Prizes for science and innovation:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  • Prize for New Innovators

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Health

Healthy – Public Health Research

Funder:  Ian Potter Foundation

Grant Background: The health and wellbeing of a population is fundamental for a successful, sustainable and equitable society. Whilst Australia is a global leader in public health, with many successes, there are still many challenges and inequities in health outcomes. A more sustained investment in effective prevention will be of considerable national benefit.

The Ian Potter Foundation is seeking to support outstanding tertiary institutions, medical research institutes or suitably qualified public health organisations which conduct translational public health research.

In assessing this research, the Foundation is particularly interested in the applicant’s plan to involve and support outstanding individuals that will strengthen the public health research workforce, including in the areas of biostatistics, health economics and modelling.

Preference will be given to proposals which are preventive in nature, aspirational in scale and seek to improve health outcomes using public health approaches at the population level.

The Foundation will consider applications for research projects or programs in the following areas:

  • Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians
  • Prevention of anxiety, depression and substance abuse in older Australians
  • Prevention of chronic ill health and disease including obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes through the amelioration of common determinants and risk factors.

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Agriculture

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.

There are ten industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); forest and wood products; grains; horticulture; meat and livestock; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

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Business

Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Industry

Grant Background: Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC) Grants provide funding for collaborations to solve industry identified problems. The grant supports short-term (up to 3 years), industry-led collaborations.

Projects must:

  • develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver real outcomes
  • benefit small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • include education and training activities

You can use the funding to cover costs directly related to your project including:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • information sharing and communications related to the research

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Business

Business Research and Innovation Initiative

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Business Research and Innovation Initiative occurs in 3 stages.

Stage 1 – challenge selection

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology approved the following 5 challenges for the Priority Sectors Round:

  • Revolutionising agricultural spray applications
  • Turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source
  • Turning office trash into energy treasure
  • Counting fish using advanced technologies
  • Automating the detection of whales at sea.

Stage 2 – feasibility study

They ask for applications from eligible entities to undertake a feasibility study that responds to one of the current key government challenges.

Stage 3 – proof of concept

If your study shows that your idea is feasible, you can apply to develop a proof of concept. Only applicants who complete feasibility studies can apply for proof of concept funding. The maximum grant amount is $1 million with a maximum period of 18 months. For each round there is $10 million available for all proof of concepts.

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Science
Business

Australia-China Science & Research Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports activities undertaken through Joint Research Centres (JRCs). These virtual centres link Australian and Chinese research institutions doing research in a priority area.

The priority areas for round 4 of the program are:

Food and agribusiness

  • agritech
  • supply chains
  • future food and their regulation

Digital technology

  • medical technologies including services and aged care
  • financial technology
  • big data

Energy and resources

  • new energy (renewables)
  • hydrogen
  • energy storage and supply
  • mineral exploration

Advanced materials

  • biomedical metal materials such as titanium and magnesium alloys
  • graphene technology
  • high-performance structure and composites

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