Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD)
Government Partnerships for Development Facility—Update 25 July 2013
The first round of the Government Partnerships for Development program involved a large number of applications. Given the intense competition and limited funds available in 2013–14, the assessment Panel was able to support only a small number of proposals to proceed to further development in the detailed proposal phase (fewer than ten per cent of concepts submitted). Short-listed proponents have been invited to complete and submit detailed proposal forms. Information on the successful proposals will be made available on this website after negotiations have been completed and agreements signed.
Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) support activities by Australian public sector organisations (PSOs) and their counterparts in countries receiving Australian official development assistance (ODA) to advance Australia’s ODA goals and objectives. The GPFD program succeeds the Public Sector Linkages Program.
- PSOs are Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies and Australian public universities
GPFD funding will be provided through an annual competitive process to eligible Australian PSOs for single large or strategically bundled smaller activities. The minimum total grant is $1 million over the life of the activity, and the maximum $4 million. Activities may run for a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.
Activities funded by the GPFD program must have a focus on assisting the economic development and welfare of the partner developing country or countries and involve the transfer of skills, knowledge and expertise between the PSOs. They must address an identified development need in the partner country or region and be proposed with the agreement and support of the counterpart PSOs (evidence of support is required during the application process).
GPFD eligibility and how to apply
The Guidelines for the GPFD program outline eligibility requirements, the application and assessment process and where to find additional information. The Guidelines will be updated for each funding round. Between rounds the Guidelines should be regarded as indicative only, as they will relate to the previous (completed) round.
There is no GPFD funding round currently open.
This site will be updated as information becomes available on the next funding round. If you would like to be advised when the next funding round is opened please send an email to GPFD@ausaid.gov.au and we will add your details to the register of interest.
The annual funding rounds will be run through the Smartygrants website. Applications will only be accepted if submitted through Smartygrants. Email or paper copy applications received by mail will not be accepted. You can access the concept proposal form through Smartygrants only when funding rounds are open.
Information about Smartygrants and how it operates can be accessed between funding rounds through the website at any time.
Country and regional strategies
Potential applicants for GPFD funding must be familiar with the country or regional strategies relevant to their proposals.
- Concept Proposals not aligned clearly with country or regional strategies will not proceed in the assessment process.
Should potential applicants be uncertain about the alignment of their proposals with the country or regional strategies they may discuss them with staff before submitting an application. Email GPFD@ausaid.gov.au or call +61 2 6178 4451. However, once a funding round is opened, the ability to provide feedback on concepts may be limited, to ensure consistency of advice and fairness.
Prospective GPFD applicants should also consider the range of long and short term study and professional development opportunities open to citizens from developing countries around the globe available through the Australia Awards. Prospective applicants with a research focus should consider the research program.