The GSTDF helps Australian work with international partners and fund areas of research in the national interest. 

The program’s strategic element helps develop research collaboration with select partner countries in targeted areas. It complements long-running bilateral elements that support collaborations with India and China.

Expressions of interest will soon open for the first GSTDF strategic grant round, with a funding total of $6 million. Grants of $100, 000 to $1 million are available.

Announced at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Special Summit in Melbourne, the GSTDF round will help Australia work with ASEAN region partners and beyond.

Our department funds the program and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) deliver it. 

Australian researchers and businesses can apply for a share of funding in chosen areas of investment with counterparts from select countries. 

The chosen areas for investment reflect Australian Government priorities. These include:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • quantum computing
  • hydrogen production
  • ribonucleic acid (RNA) vaccines, messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and therapies.

The government identified priority areas after extensive stakeholder engagement and will review them annually.

Grant expression of interest are now open.