Australia-India research grants now open


The fifteenth round of applications for a share in six million dollars worth of grants as part of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) has now opened, Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic announced earlier this month.

The Australian Government’s largest bilateral science program, the fund supports collaborative research initiatives in science and technology completed in partnership with researchers in India.

“International collaboration is a cornerstone of scientific excellence. Up to $6 million in grant funding is available to support Australian researchers from public and private sectors to work alongside Indian scientists on leading-edge scientific research and technology projects,” Minister Husic said.

“The AISRF helps build links between Australia and India’s top universities and research institutions. It continues to enhance Australian-Indian collaboration in mutually significant areas.

“Previous projects have made important progress in agriculture, biomedical devices and implants, renewable energy, nanotechnology and vaccines.

“Science and commercialisation are essential to the productivity and economic growth of both countries, and we will continue to achieve great things by working together.”

The Federal Government has supported over 360 projects, fellowships and workshops celebrating Australian-Indian partnership since the program’s inception in 2006.

The AISRF is managed by the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources, and the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology.

Applications are open until 15 March.