The Victorian Infection and Immunity Network (VIIN) brings together researchers from diverse disciplines across various nodes within Victoria who have an interest in infection and immunity.

The VIIN Industry Alliance was established as part of the State Government’s Collaborative Networks Pilot Program (CNPP), which aims to promote improved productivity through fostering partnerships between business and Victoria’s world-class research institutions.

The VIIN Industry Alliance has a number of $20,000 grants for Collaborative Projects between Victorian researchers and Victorian-based industry partners. This is the second round of funding for Collaborative Projects on infectious disease and immunity as it relates to infection.

Applications are invited from all Victorian infection and immunity researchers and their industry partners.

The goal of this funding is to provide support to projects which result in collaborations between the academic sector and biotech/pharmaceutical companies. At least one academic researcher and one industry partner must be involved. Up to $20,000 may be requested per application.

Applications close on Friday 1 November and short-listed applicants must be available for interview in the weeks beginning Monday 18 or 25 November or 2 December.

Forms, guidelines and further contact information can be found here.

As a reminder of our earlier post here, Watermark is an approved supplier under the Victorian Government’s Technology Voucher Program. Applications for the Technology Development Voucher remain open, and a voucher can provide up to $50,000 undertake technology development and/or absorption activities. So, for example, a voucher could be used to conduct a patent freedom to operate search.

In short, there may be opportunity to obtain combined funding from the VIIN Industry Alliance and the Government’s Technology Voucher Program.