$8.69 million to help Australian businesses boost global collaboration

10 APRIL 2017

Today under the Global Innovation Linkages programme I announce $8.69 million in funding to nine Australian businesses and research organisations over the next four years to collaborate with global partners on strategically-focused, leading-edge research and development projects.

Grant recipients cover advanced manufacturing, food and agribusiness, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, mining equipment technology and services, and the oil, gas and energy resources sectors.

The grants, totaling $8.69 million, are part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda and will help Australian research institutions to build global links in areas of competitive advantage.

These grants will support the development of high quality products, services or processes that will address a range of industry challenges.

The programme, an initiative of the Global Innovation Strategy, builds Australia’s research capacity, forges strategic alliances and increases the commercialisation and application of research outcomes, boosting Australia’s innovation and international competitiveness.

The grant winners are:

  • Australian PV Institute Limited together with global partners in Singapore, the United States of America, China, Taiwan, France and Switzerland – $1,000,000 to develop cheaper, stronger solar cells using advanced manufacturing equipment.
  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority together with global partners in the United States of America – $974,652 to trial eco-engineering solutions to improve mine-site rehabilitation.
  • Cell Therapies Pty Ltd together with global partners in the United States of America – $1,000,000 to develop a new approach to cancer treatment that is not dependent on chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
  • CSIRO together with global partners in China and the United States of America – $995,342 to develop a quality certification method for additive-manufactured components used in aviation and other industries.
  • Grey Innovation Pty Ltd together with global partners in Germany – $890,000 to trial a sensing device that will assist in earlier diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • MBD Energy Limited together with global partners in Vietnam – $853,153 to create technology that will improve water quality and aid aquaculture sustainability and food security.
  • The University of Newcastle together with global partners in the United States of America – $1,000,000 to test a refined processing technology, the Reflux Flotation Cell, across the minerals processing industry.
  • Oilfield Production Technologies Pty Ltd together with global partners in China – $983,290 to develop technologies that will enable better, more sustainable, use of gas resources.
  • University of Western Australia together with global partners in China – $995,724 to improve wheat production in response to increasing urbanization, rising global demand and environmental changes.

More information about the Global Innovation Linkages programme is available at https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/global-innovation-linkages-programme .