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Funding possibilities in Australia

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.

For an overview about opportunities for international research collaboration 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. 

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The list of hosting institutions can be found here

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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.

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