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Regional Collaborations Programme

Overview

This programme aims to assist Australian researchers and businesses build stronger linkages in the Asia-Pacific region to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth and prosperity. It forms part of the Australian government's Global Innovation Strategy under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The objectives of the programme are to:
- Assist in the removal of barriers for researchers and businesses seeking to collaborate on issues of regional and national significance.
- Support technical and research mobility.
- Build research capability, facilitating Australia’s access to global science and research networks and infrastructure.

There are two types of funding available:
1. Project Programme - Multi-partner projects and/or non-project aligned
- There is no set minimum or maximum total project cost requirement, however, projects must include matched funding of 1:1 (cash only).
- Funding of up to $1.38 million is available.

2. Workshop Programme - Multi-partner workshops
- Up to $100,000 per workshop is available for workshops held between 1 April 2019 and 31 December 2020.
- A total funding pool of $250,000 is available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be either an Australian research organisation or Australian business.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Applicants should consider carefully how their proposed project may support the:
- Objectives of the National Science and Research Priorities and associated Practical Research Challenges
- Other regional challenges identified through multilateral fora such as:
a) eAsia
b) Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
c) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
d) The East Asia Summit
e) The Sustainable Development Goals and underpinning targets

Non-corporate Commonwealth entities, legally and financially part of the Commonwealth (as defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013) are not eligible under this Programme. Corporate Commonwealth Entities, defined as a Commonwealth entity that is a body corporate, may apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must:
1. Project Programme
- Be led by an Australian organisation.
- Include as project partners at least two different regional economies from the Asia-Pacific region in addition to Australia as the lead.
- Addresses a regional challenge of significance to Australia.
- Address all application criteria, including responding to the merit criteria.
- Contain all identified documentation.
- Have evidence of being able to provide 1:1 leveraged cash contribution.

2. Workshop Programme
- Be led by an Australian organisation.
- Include at least two different regional economies from the Asia-Pacific region as thematic workshop partners, in addition to Australia as the lead.
- Addresses a regional challenge of significance to Australia.
- Address all application criteria, including responding to the merit criteria.
- Address a shared regional challenge of national interest, via science, research and innovation collaboration, and includes participation from a broad range of regional economies (i.e. representatives from a broad range of regional economies.
- Demonstrate a benefit to Australia through the collaborative work proposed.
- Feature workshop components, either led by Australia or a regional workshop partner, or facilitated through multi-lateral fora.
- Give special consideration to equal gender representation in presenters and workshop facilitation.
- Have evidence of being able to provide matching or greater contributions to the funds requested from the Programme.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of eligible budget items.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Aims, significance and outcomes (50%)
- Design and feasibility (25%)
- Capacity of partnership to deliver project’s goals (25%) (For Multi-partner projects and/or non-project aligned)
- Capacity of partnership to deliver workshop’s goals (25%) (For Multi-partner workshops)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.

Restrictions

The following are ineligible for funding (Project Programme):
- Salaries and travel related costs for non-Australian personnel, including consultants.
- Capital expenditure for the purchase of assets such as office furniture and equipment, motor vehicles, computers, printers or photocopiers; and the construction, renovation or extension of facilities such as buildings and laboratories.
- Costs involved in the purchase, upgrade or hire of software (including user licences) and ICT hardware.
- Retrospective activities (where expenditure is incurred prior to the award of Programme funding).
- Any costs incurred prior to the signing of a funding agreement with the Academy.
- Institutional overheads and administrative charges.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

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Documentation Uploaded
Recipients 2018-02-24 Download
Guidelines - Project Programme 2018-09-28 Download
Guidelines - Workshop Programme 2018-09-28 Download
Application Form - Project Programme 2018-09-28 Download
Application Form - Workshop Programme 2018-09-28 Download

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Dates
Status Pending
Start By Date 16 Nov 2018
Closing Date 30 Nov 2018
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Total Funding Pool $3.2M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Innovation and R&D
Sector/SubSector
Education : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Region
Any
Industries
Education
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Organisation
Difficulty Rating
Administrator
Tier Federal
Department
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Contacts
Program Administrator
Australian Academy of Science
Telephone
0262019400
Email
grants@science.org.au
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit