We offer a range of funding and incentive programs to encourage collaboration on science.
If you’re thinking about establishing an international collaboration with our support, this advice can help you plan and manage for success.
Our Overseas Counsellors Network engages with industry and research institutions to:
We have counsellors in:
Learn more about how to contact our counsellors and our engagement overseas.
Before you initiate an international collaboration, consider why you want an international partner. What will drive your collaboration? What are your goals?
Once you’ve determined these, identify your collaboration partners including any finance or funding bodies. Consider what each might contribute to the collaboration.
Learn as much as you can about your potential partner organisation and their country. Your aims and priorities should align with your partner’s. You may need to consider differences in:
Set up a strong dialogue with your potential partner early to avoid future issues.
Once you’ve decided to partner, establish your roles and determine what rights and responsibilities each partner will have. Discuss how you will share finance and resources.
Make sure you understand and can navigate your partner’s organisational structure. Try to be aware of any internal agendas or politics and decide how you will work with these.
Document all your decisions in writing.
Seek advice from your legal advisers and IP authorities before you decide:
Learn how your partner organisation manages, protects and shares data, including sensitive data. Their information management should meet the necessary standards. If your organisation has intellectual property policies and procedures, consider how these will apply within the collaboration.
We strongly recommend you:
You can learn more about international intellectual property and protecting your rights from IP Australia’s guides to understanding IP.
IP Australia’s IP Counsellor to China can provide help to Australian businesses navigating the Chinese intellectual property system.
Contact Australia’s IP Counsellor to China and learn more about protecting IP in China.
It’s important to take steps to mitigate the potential risks of international collaboration. You should always prioritise Australia’s competitive position and national security interests.
Espionage is an international issue. We recommend you take steps to address the risk of overseas governments taking advantage of a collaboration to recruit or exploit students or researchers.
The Australian Government provides a range of security support.
Access the most current security intelligence and protective security advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s Business and Government Liaison Unit.
Learn about opportunities to work with the Department of Defence and access Defence security services through the Defence Industry Security Program.
See more about cyber scams and threats and get guidance on best practice for mitigating risk from the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Email us at International.Science@industry.gov.au
Last updated: 8 December 2020
Content ID: 66072