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Aus4Innovation Program – Innovation Partnership Grants


This program aims to provide targeted funds to scale already tested activities that address emerging challenges or opportunities in any sector of Vietnam’s innovation system. Tested activities are defined as technologies or activities with:
- An existing proof of concept.
- An articulated market segment or path to impact.
- An existing relationship between an Australian and a Vietnamese entity.

The program forms part of the Aus4Innovation which is a flagship four year, 10 million partnership program, running from 2018 to 2022 between Vietnam and Australia designed to help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation system and prepare for Vietnam’s economic and digital future.

Round 1 will focus on developing partnerships between organisations in Australia and Vietnam.

Grants between $100,000 and $1 million are available.

A total funding pool of $3 million is available in two funding rounds.

The application is a two-stage process:
- Expression of interest: Opened 11 March and closed 19 April 2019
- Full application (by invitation): Opened 19 April and closed 6 May 2019

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be an existing partnership that includes at least on Vietnamese and one Australian organisation. Preferred eligible Australian organisations include
- Universities
- Research institutes
- Public sector agencies
- Civil society organisations

Australian for-profit companies may not be lead partners in Round 1.

Eligible Vietnamese organisations include any private, public sector, or civil society organisation operating in Vietnam.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible project topics are not constrained, but those aligned with the outcomes of other Aus4Innovation work streams will be favourably considered. Topics identified to date by the draft report of Work Stream 1 – Foresighting the Digital Future for Vietnam are described below. These possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Adoption of digital technology into small enterprise
- Solutions for reducing gender and rural-based digital divides
- High value goods: Quality, individualisation, equality, humanity and provenance
- Increasing labour productivity, including technology-based skills for men and women fit for Industry 4.0
- Agriculture 4.0: Productivity, export market access, and food provenance
- Manufacturing 4.0: Data, cyber-physical-biological systems, AI, and additive manufacturing
- Smarter, healthier and safer cities
- Cyber security and privacy in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Eligible activities must have an anticipated and measurable social or development impact. Articulation of the pathway to realising scale and sustainability of that impact is recommended in the EOI.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Maturity of the existing partnership.
- The nature of the innovation itself.
- The readiness of the innovation ideas/activities.
- The relevance of the idea to Vietnam development context.
- The social impacts that the ideas/activities could bring to the people.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Organisations that form a partnership for the purpose of applying for grants under this mechanism.
- Managing agency for this program, and its employees.
- Activities that have already received funding from other sources.
- Training, student costs and scholarships for individuals.
- Conferences, events and workshops with the sole objective of ideation or knowledge sharing.

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Guidelines 2019-03-14 Download
FAQs 2019-03-14 Download
Factsheet 2019-03-14 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 11 Mar 2019
Closing Date 19 Apr 2019
Closing Information
This program will be available in two funding rounds. The next funding round is expected to open later in 2019.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $100,000
Max.Funding $1M
Total Funding Pool $3M
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Education : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Program Administrator
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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