PARTNER RELEASE - Following a successful first round in 2019, with three innovation partnerships receiving a total of more than 1.63 million AUD, the second and final round of Aus4Innovation Partnership Grants kicks off today, with total financial support of 2.32 million AUD available.

Under the theme “Scaling existing Australia–Vietnam Innovation Partnerships”, grants of between AUD 100,000 and AUD 1,000,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to existing partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese institutions to support tested initiatives that are ready to scale up and have the potential to deliver ecosystem-level impact. Grantees will have up to 12 months to implement their proposed activities. 

“The second round of Aus4Innovation Partnership Grants demonstrates our continued commitment to work with the Government of Vietnam – in particularly Ministry of Science and Technology – to further enhance the innovation ecosystem. As in the previous round, we will support innovative ideas in different sectors that have potential for wide-scale application, will deliver lasting socioeconomic impact, and can help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation ecosystem.” – said H.E. Ms Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam. 

“It is exciting to witness the great partnerships created in the first round of this grant scheme as they scale up novel technologies and proven innovation models in Vietnam. I look forward to more partnerships of this nature; where Australian and Vietnamese partners continue working together to address challenges and create opportunities in our growing economy. Programs like Aus4Innovation are enhancing Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem, making it better connected so it functions more effectively.” – Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Bui The Duy added. 

Eligible applicants are invited to download the Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions and send in their Expression of Interest to apply here no later than 17 March 2020. 

Aus4Innovation Partnership Grants is an important part of the AUD 11 million, four year (2018-2022) flagship Aus4Innovation program to help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation system and prepare for Vietnam’s economic and digital future. It is co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and InnovationXchange (IXC), managed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in strategic collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MoST). 

For further information, please contact: 

Ms. Nguyen Thi Hoang Ha – Aus4Innovation Program Manager 

Website: https://research.csiro.au/aus4innovation/ 

Email: Hoang-Ha.Nguyen@dfat.gov.au / aus4innovation@csiro.au 

Tel: +84 4 3774 0128

Original release: https://vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/MR200211.html

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