Seventy-four Australian small and medium businesses and researchers will receive $7,000 in priming grants from the Turnbull Government to develop innovative products and services for Australian and international markets
The grants have been awarded under the Government’s $4.9 million Global Connection Fund, which supports Australian businesses and researchers to work with their international counterparts on early stage collaborative meetings and projects that address industry needs.
These grants are designed to increase links with key economies in order to translate the nation’s world-class science and research into growth opportunities for Australia.
These businesses include:
• A Victorian SME who will connect with a Swiss researcher to develop new waste by product processing technology that will be integrated in new product lines in the SME’s manufacturing plant.
• A NSW researcher working with a French SME to develop a bone substitute to replace cancer-damaged bone.
• A NSW SME who will work with Swedish researchers to adapt and trial mining and rail heavy haul eMaintenance systems for Australian conditions.
• A researcher from Tasmania will engage with a UK robotics SME to develop physical seafloor sampling technology.
• A Queensland SME will explore with a Taiwanese researcher opportunities for agricultural collaboration to supply ‘off-season’ lychee to Asian & Northern markets.
The fund encourages greater international industry-researcher engagement and enables access to world-class expertise, infrastructure and the global market.
Further information about the Global Connection Fund is available at www.globalconnectionsfund.org.au