Regional Collaborations Programme


The call for nominations is currently closed

The Regional Collaborations Programme is now closed and not accepting any further applications.

Programme Guidelines associated with either component are below:


This funding initiative is part of the Australian Government's Global Innovation Strategy under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The programme will fund Australian participants from eligible organisations to collaborate with regional and international science, research and innovation partners on solutions to shared regional challenges within the Asia–Pacific region.

Applicants should consider the 10 principles of the Athena SWAN Charter when proposing and delivering a project or workshop. The evidence of the social and economic benefits that accrue from inclusive, diverse and equitable approaches to research and innovation is indisputable. The UK’s experience with implementing the Athena SWAN Charter and its principles make a strong case for this. Australia’s own recent experience with the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of Athena SWAN is starting to bear fruit. 

Watch our latest video series highlighting six Regional Collaborations projects across the Asia-Pacific.

Supported activities

Funding support under the programme is available for:

  1. multi-partner collaborative projects addressing areas of regional challenge
  2. non-project-aligned multi-partner collaborative workshops.


Funding support is available for Australian research and businesses to undertake science, research and innovation projects or non-project aligned workshops that deliver innovative solutions to shared regional challenges.

Funding of up to $1.38 million is available for collaborative, multi-partner projects. Projects are expected to commence after 1 April 2019 and must be completed by 31 December 2020.

Funding of up to a total of $250,000 is available for non-project aligned, multi-partner workshops. Up to $100,000 per workshop is available for workshops held between 1 April 2019 and 31 December 2020.

The programme is designed to be flexible, with no set minimum or maximum funding requirements for project applications. This approach has been adopted to help foster innovative ideas and collaborations. 

The programme aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment 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.

Regional Collaborations Programme supported activities

The successful participants for round 1 were announced in October 2017, with a total of $897,210 granted to five researchers to undertake projects. In round 2, there were 10 projects and 4 workshop grants awarded, totalling $1,249,115. Research areas include agricultural and environmental sciences, transport and construction, health, manufacturing and material sciences.

To find out more about the funding recipients, see the round 1 and round 2 media releases. At this stage, there are no plans for further rounds.

Reporting requirements      

Successful applicants (funding recipients) will be required to submit an annual report and a final report of their project or workshop, as per reporting templates provided by the Academy.

Funding recipients will also be required to participate in an exit survey.

On completion of the project or workshop, funding recipients will be required to provide a summary of outcomes in plain English for public use by the Academy and the Australian Government.

The Academy reserves the right to reduce, recall or terminate funding where a report indicates that funds have not been used in accordance with the funding agreement.


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The Regional Collaborations Programme is supported by the Department of Industry,Science, Energy and Resources under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Research organisations

Research organisations will be incorporated and registered for GST and have an ABN number. Universities will be registered as exempt from income tax.

Research organisations include Australian:

  • tertiary education institutions (as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • cooperative research centres
  • publicly funded research agencies
  • state- or territory-funded research organisations
  • public research companies
  • private research companies
  • not-for-profit research organisations.

Australian businesses

Australian businesses must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be incorporated and registered for GST
  • not be engaged in any litigation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, investigations, of or before any court, tribunal, commission, arbitral body or other agency in any jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Australia (for enterprises based in Australia) or in their nominated economy.

Australian personnel

  • Australian personnel are considered Australian citizens or permanent residents.


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