The purpose of the Priming Grants is to enhance collaboration specifically between Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and researchers with SMEs and researchers in 17 priority economies. Priming Grants encourage translational activities, end use development and commercialisation outcomes. They do not support research only projects.
The program only supports Researcher-SME collaborations and does not support SME-SME or Researcher-Researcher collaborations. Details here.
Priming Grants are intended to stimulate the formation of joint Australian-Partner research and innovation by reducing the financial risk on both sides to enter into a collaboration proposal. Priming Grants therefore should not be regarded as simply travel grants, they have specific intent and outcomes.
The grants will support Australian SMEs and researchers to:
- enable initial exploratory partner meetings to take place
- undertake consortium meetings (travel-related costs), assistance with minor project expenses; and /or costs associated with establishing formal relationships (legal agreements) or funding applications for joint activities.
- support potential SME-researcher partnerships in exploring the viability of an intended research and development (R&D) collaboration or technology solution
- explore avenues for follow-on project seed‑funding
Priming Grants are not designed to fund ongoing research costs, or to support existing collaborative activities.
Priming Grants will open for Expressions of Interest from February 3rd until the 23rd of February 2017 at 17.00hr, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
Priming Grants can be prepared and lodged anytime after February 3rd but only if you have received an EOI notice of approval to proceed and an EOI number.
Applications Closing date: All Priming Grant applications are time stamped and must be received by 17.00 hrs Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on March 13th 2017.
For more information (source) see >>> Priming Grants
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