New Grants

The newly announced Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) programme by NISA provides funding for Australian businesses to collaborate with global partners and research organisations on research and development projects.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the department) is responsible for administering the programme. The programme was announced as part of the National Innovation and Science agenda and will operate from 2016. This is an ongoing programme with an initial funding allocation of $18 million to 2020-21. Application rounds are expected to be held once every two years.

The programme will support projects focussed on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges. The purpose of this programme is to advance Australia’s international collaboration and encourage Australians to leverage entrepreneurial expertise found in key locations overseas.

Program Overview

The Global Innovation Linkages Programme provides funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects. The programme will support projects focussed on developing high quality products, services or processes that will respond to industry challenges.

The funding aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to:

  • supporting innovation, science, and commercialisation
  • increasing collaboration between industry, including small and medium enterprise (SME), and other end users and the research sector
  • enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries
  • working with priority economies to progress mutually beneficial innovation outcomes.


The programme objectives are to:

  • build linkages with priority economies to enable Australia to improve research and business performance, and access international supply chains and global markets
  • contribute to improving the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian and priority economies in line with government priorities
  • foster high quality solutions to identified end user challenges through international collaborative research partnerships between industry entities, research organisations and global partners
  • encourage and facilitate SME participation in collaborative research.


The programme’s intended outcomes are:

  • quality collaborative partnerships with leading global partners and ongoing industry-research sector collaborations
  • international collaborative innovation outcomes relevant to government priorities as measured by, for example, patents registered and applications for financing
  • Australian SME participation in collaborative research
  • increased research skills in industry and industry capability in research

Who can apply?

Collaborative projects and participants must include, at a minimum:

  • one Australian industry entity,
  • one Australian research organisation,
  • and one global partner from a priority economy.

What is the funding amount available?

Funding of up to $1 million per project will be provided up to a maximum of four years.

How to apply.

  1. Read the programme guidelines on the website.
  2. Complete an application form.

An organisation can submit up to two applications in the first round as the lead participant, but may be a participant in additional applications.

Merit criteria.

1. You must have support from at least one global partner from a priority economy: European Union (with a focus on United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy), United States, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland.
A key consideration in the evaluation of projects will be the capacity of the project to  leverage international funding and support. Grant funding cannot be used to fund activities  of global partners.

2. Your project must be in one of the following priority areas:

3. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with the relevant Australian Government Industry Growth Centres in developing a proposal. More info can be found on the website.

Deadline/Closing Date

Applications close on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 5pm AEST.

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