New grants to help local businesses forge international partnerships

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews on Tuesday launched the second round of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) program.

The grants, totalling $8 million, provide matched funding of up to $1 million per project, over a maximum of four years, to help Australian research organisations and businesses to team up with  experts overseas to develop high quality products, services or processes.

“Encouraging this sort of cooperation between business and researchers helps drive business growth and the creation of high quality jobs,” Minister Andrews said.

Each application needs to include a business, research organisation and a global partner.

The first round of grants in 2017 provided more than $8.6 million for nine innovative projects. These included: Victorian-based MBD Energy Limited to work with James Cook University in Queensland and its shrimp industry partners in Vietnam to create technology to improve water quality and aquaculture sustainability.

Other grant recipients included a project led by the University of Newcastle to help test a refined mineral processing technology, Victorian-based company Grey Innovation to work with its German partners to help with the trial of a sensing device to assist in earlier diagnosis and monitoring of Alzheimer’s disease and the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority from Western Australia for a project with US partners to employ improved methods in the rehabilitation of mine sites.

“I look forward to the continuing development of these projects from the first round of GIL funding and to the emergence of exciting new projects in the second round,” Minister Andrews said.

The GIL program has been widened since the first round to allow constructive engagement with partners from any country. The grant amount needs to be matched by the project partners.

The program is an initiative under the Global Innovation Strategy which is part of the Coalition Government’s $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

For more information on the GIL program, including first round funding recipients, visit www.business.gov.au/GIL

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