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Global Science & Technology Diplomacy Fund

Media Release: First grants Global Science and Technology Diplomacy Fund, The Hon Ed Husic MP, 20 March 2024

Joint media release with Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Albanese government will further deepen Australia’s regional scientific presence by opening the first round of grants for the $40m Global Science and Technology Diplomacy Fund (GSTDF) with a new focus on collaboration within the Asia-Pacific.

The announcement signals the government’s ongoing commitment to strengthen scientific collaboration with our nearest neighbours.

Australian researchers and businesses can now apply for a share of $6 million to partner with counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Brazil.

Today’s announcement builds on the government’s $10.3m investment to establish an Asia-Pacific regional office of the International Science Council to coordinate scientific engagement across the region.

GSTDF funding will boost global research efforts in areas of key national interest such as advanced manufacturing, AI, quantum computing, hydrogen production and RNA vaccines.

The Government is partnering with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) to deliver the first grant round.

The priority research areas were identified through extensive stakeholder engagement and align with Government’s strategies and priorities. They will be reviewed annually.

Applications open on 20 March 2024 and close on 31 May 2024.

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Quotes attributable to Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs: 

“The Albanese Government is deploying all elements of our national power to make Australia more stable, confident and secure at home, and more influential in the world.

“Working with our partners to diversify our economy, make more things in Australia, respond to climate change and improve health security is all part of making Australia more robust and resistant to external shocks.”

Quotes attributable to the Hon Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Science:

“We become closer as nations when we work together to solve mutual problems.

“Our researchers are globally respected, nowhere more than amongst our regional friends who recognise the critical importance of cutting-edge science and research within their own endeavours.

“Refocussing this program on collaborations with our nearest neighbours cements our commitment to play a constructive role in the region, while more effectively addressing our biggest challenges at home.”


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