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Funding possibilities in Australia

Bridging Grants (BG) are a programme of assistance that targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities.

They are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships to grow beyond an initial level of engagement, such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

To find out more about Bridging Grants visit the link below. 


While not strictly linked to ICT, the EURAXESS programme supports researchers working outside of Europe who wish to connect or stay connected with Europe. EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand offers a wealth of information on research funding opportunities at European and national level, from individual grants to supporting start-ups. To see a list of available funding opportunities, click here.

Applications for ARC funding are made through eligible organisations, such as Australian higher education institutions. The ARC does not directly fund or accept applications from individual researchers. 

International researchers interested in ARC-provided funding opportunities should contact the research office of an eligible organisation in the first instance. Research offices will be able to provide more detailed information on opportunities available to international researchers within their institution.

The ARC administers the National Competetive Grants Programme (NCGP). NCGP comprises two funding programmes:

  • Discovery
  • Linkage

For more information about the funding opportunities click here.



The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is an initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Universities of Australia. 

The aim of this initiative is to foster high-quality research collaboration between Australian university researchers and German university and institute researchers.

It supports exchanges for Australian researchers who would like to spend some time in Germany's research institutions as well as for German researchers who would like to explore research at Australian universities. 

Costs for Australians are covered by Universities Australia (up to $12,500), whilst the costs for Germans are covered by the DAAD (up to €8,000).

Applications for funding to commence in 2020 open on 03 April 2019.

Applications must be submitted to the applicant's university research office (not to Universities Australia) by COB 13 June 2019.

Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in November 2019.

For more information click here

The RTP offers annual funding for both national and international students interested in Research Doctorate and Research Masters programmes. The application should be sent directly to the universities. 

For more information click here

The list of hosting institutions can be found here

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) offers several grants and funding opportunities on the NHMRC-EU level for researchers and research institutions willing to improve and develop the health status of Australians. 

Several joint calls and grants are now open. 

To learn more about current opportunities, click here



Victoria operates a funding initiative to support collaboration with Israel. The VISITS scheme provides several different types of support for Victoria-Israel innovation collaboration. 

VISITS is open to both private and public sector organisations with interests in areas including (but not limited to):

  • food & fibre;
  • professional services;
  • new energy;
  • defence;
  • transport & construction;
  • medical devices & pharmaceuticals; and
  • international education.

The applicant must be a Victorian entity (not necessarily business), and applications must name both an Israeli partner as well as a Victorian SME than would benefit from the studies. 

For more information, click here

Status: Open for applications.

Queensland is Australia’s most northern state, and as such it attracts many people for lifestyle reasons, including researchers and innovators. 

In recent years, particularly during the time of the commodities boom (the state exports half of the world’s supply of coking coal for steel production), Queensland has invested heavily into research infrastructures and other research and innovation capability development, including in ICT areas. They offer a wide range of grants, which can be searched online.

For more information, click here

Recently, South Australia has made international headlines as home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility, built by Tesla Inc., as a solution to electricity load smoothing. South Australia is the leading state in the proportion of its electricity being supplied by renewables (in particular wind and solar). 

It is also a centre for Australia’s defense manufacturing and research, which includes new large-scale programmes for ship-building, in additional to aerospace and cyber-security undertakings.

The SA Government’s grant database is online.

For more information on grants in South Australia, click here.

Australia’s southernmost state is home to the Australian Antarctic Division – an agency that, amongst other things, provides facilities, infrastructure and expertise for use by international researchers. 

It is also the smallest state in Australia, so state funding opportunities for international researchers are virtually non-existent. However, the government has a renewed focus on economic growth, having established the Department of State Growth to support this, and provides a number of grants and other means of assistance, which can be searched online.

For more information, click here

Veski Innovation Fellowships are aimed at outstanding international scientists and researchers willing to conduct their activities in the Victoria region. 

Individuals working in the following areas are invited to apply:

  • biotechnology;
  • biomedical;
  • advanced manufacturing including food science and bioengineering;
  • digital agriculture;
  • cyber security;
  • environmental and energy technologies;
  • the enabling sciences; and
  • space and transportation.

For more information click here

Status: The call for applications for a 2019 Veski Innovation Fellowship is now closed. Information regarding 2020 applications TBA.

It is anticipated that current applicants will be notified of their standing in June 2019. 

The Endeavour Leadership Program aims to enhance Australia's reputation for excellence in international education through the continued internationalisation of the education, training and research sectors.

The objective of the ELP is to contribute to the implementation of Government policy priorities by increasing international research and education engagement between Australia and priority countries in key fields of education, research and innovation. The ELP offers achieving individuals from Australia and overseas the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise and build institution-to-institution connections and create the next generation of international education and research leaders across a wide variety of professional fields.

All selected participants will receive following support:

  • a dedicated case manager
  • pre-departure briefings
  • provision of advice on health, travel, insurance, accomodation, security and legal matters
  • payment of funding
  • reporting to the department of recipient's progress.

All successful Endeavour Leaders will receive:

  • travel allowance of up to AU$3,000 (with provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • establishment allowance of between AU$2000 and AU$4,000
  • stipend of AU$3,000 per month (maximum amount of $AU36,000 per calendar year up to maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • health insurance for the full category duration (Overseas Student Health Cover [OSHC] for international recipients)
  • travel insurance (excluding during program for international recipients)

Status: Applications for the 2019 round of the Endeavour Leadership Program are now closed. Information regarding 2020 round applications TBA.



The Australian Academy of Science promotes international scientific engagement, supports research and offers grants and fellowship opportunities for scientists to conduct research at the national and international level. 

The Regional Collaborations Programme, administered by the Australian Academy of Science, invites Australian research organisations and businesses to apply for funding. The programme supports Australian participants who are interested in collaborating with regional and international research partners. 

For more information please click here

Status: Applications for Round 2 of the Regional Collaborations Programme are now closed. Information regarding future applications TBA.

The purpose of the Priming Grants is to enhance collaboration specifically between Australian small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers with SMEs, and researchers in 17 priority economies.

To find out more about Priming Grants visit the official website

Status: There is no Priming Grant round in 2019. Information regarding future Priming Grant applications TBA.



The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Program is administered by AusIndustry, a division within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The CRC Program aims to foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations.

The CRC Program contains two funding streams:

  • CRCs to support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research
  • CRC Projects to support short term, industry-led collaborative research

CRCs are encouraged to collaborate with international organisations and/or with companies with global supply chains and access to international markets, to provide national benefits to Australia.

For more information about the funding opportunities click here

Status: Applications for the 2019 CRC selection round are now closed. Outcomes are scheduled to be announced in March 2019. Information regarding 2020 round applications TBA.

NSW-Israel Research & Development and Technological Innovation Program 

The only scheme operated by NSW explicitly open to international participation is this scheme with Israel. The basic requirement is for a commercial entity in NSW and a commercial entity in Israel to engage in a joint R&D project. The projects should advance market-driven, new and innovative products for the global market while also potentially contributing to economic growth, skills development and job creationApplications are invited from all industry sectors and business entities.

For more information, including how to apply and how to find a project partner, click here

Status: Applications for this program are currently closed. Please check back for information on upcoming opportunities.