Million-dollar grant available to cyber tech experts based in India and Australia

The $12.7 million Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) grant is now open.

The Partnership’s 2020 grant program (Grant Round 1) will consider proposals for practical cooperation and collaboration on cyber and critical technology, which will help shape a global technology environment that meets Australia and India’s shared vision of an open, free, rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

The AICCTP was signed by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne and India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar as part of the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced during the Leaders’ Virtual Summit on 4 June 2020.

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According to the grant framework, “India and Australia have a key role to play in contributing to the global development of critical and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), next generation telecommunications (5G/6G), Internet of Things (IoT), quantum computing, synthetic biology, blockchain and big data.”

For any single grant proposal, the minimum is $150,000 per year and the maximum amount is $500,000 per yearMultiyear grants will be considered up to a maximum of $500,000 per year for up to two years from 2020-21 to 2021‑22. Grant funding for activities in 2021-22 will be contingent on funding becoming available to DFAT under the AICCPT.

Prospective grantees cannot use funding from other Commonwealth, state, territory or local government sources to fund your share of eligible expenditure. DFAT reserves the right to offer less funding than that requested by the applicant.

All AICCTP grant applications must be submitted through our online grants management system SmartyGrants.

To apply you must:

  • have read and understand the AICCTP grant guidelines (docx/pdf)
  • complete the online application form on DFAT’s online grant application system SmartyGrants and provide all the information requested
  • submit your application/s by 3.00pm AEDT on Friday 5 February 2021.

If you have any questions while completing your application, kindly contact

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