Australia-India strategic research grants now open

Australian researchers can today apply for a share of $6 million in grants to support research collaborations with their counterparts in India. 

Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic encouraged Australian researchers to apply as part of Round 15 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

“International collaboration is a cornerstone of scientific excellence,” Minister Husic said. 

“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.

Minister Husic said the fund is the Australian Government’s largest bilateral science program, highlighting the importance of our relationship with India.

It supports research collaborations in science and technology, generating novel solutions to challenges facing both countries.

“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,” Minister Husic said.

“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.” 

Since the program was established in 2006, the Australian Government has supported over 360 projects, fellowships and workshops in areas of importance to Australia and India. 

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

Applications for Round 15 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Project grants are open until 15 March 2023.

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