The next round of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) is open for applications, with $6 million in grants available to support collaborative, cutting-edge research projects.
AISRF supports scientists and innovators in India and Australia to collaborate on cutting-edge research in strategically focused areas.
Australian researchers can apply for these prestigious grants to support research collaborations with their counterparts in India.
Opening the 2023 grant round, Australia’s Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic MP said in a statement:
“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.”
Under the AISRF, Australian researchers can apply for grants of up to $1 million for projects in the following priority areas:
- artificial intelligence and machine learning
- new and renewable energy technologies (particularly ultra-low-cost solar and clean hydrogen)
- urban mining and electronic waste recycling
- antimicrobial resistance
- RNA vaccines and therapies.
Previous AISRF projects have made important progress in agriculture, biomedical devices and implants, renewable energy, nanotechnology and vaccines.
Australian and Indian governments agree on priority areas, creating stronger links between the 2 countries.
Minister Husic added:
“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.”
The Australian Government is celebrating 15 years of the AISRF in the same year that India marks 75 years of independence.
The program was established in 2006 and since then the Australian Government has supported over 360 projects, fellowships and workshops in areas of importance to Australia and India.
The AISRF (application close on Wednesday 15 March 2023) helps build links between research institutions in both countries and enhances Australian-Indian collaboration in mutual priority areas.
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.