The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) helps Australian researchers to participate in leading edge scientific projects and workshops with Indian scientists. It supports the development of strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers.
It is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research with any country, and is one of India’s largest sources of support for international research.
About the fund
Grant rounds are held annually for collaborative research projects covering a range of science and research priority areas. (Note: while separate workshops have been supported in previous rounds, they are not eligible for funding in Round 8.)
The Fund has four components:
- Science and Technology Fund
- Biotechnology Fund
- Grand Challenge Fund
- Fellowship Fund
Read more about the AISRF.
Outcomes of previous rounds, program evaluation and case studies
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Science and Technology Fund
Under Round 8 of the Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund, projects will be funded in the priority areas of 'water management' and 'agricultural research'. A maximum of AUD 200,000 over two years will be available to Australian applicants. The round will open for applications on 12 March and close on 22 April 2014.
The previous grant round (Round Seven) was finalised in August 2013. To find out who the successful applicants were, go to outcomes of previous rounds, program evaluation and case studies
Under Round 8 of the Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund (IABF), proposals will be sought only from previously successful IABF applicants in Rounds 1 to 5, with the intention to support projects moving from proof of concept to validation and end-use stage. A maximum of AUD 200,000 over two years will be available to Australian applicants. The round will open for applications on 12 March and close on 22 April 2014.
The previous grant round (Round Seven) was finalised in August 2013. To find out who the successful applicants were, go to outcomes of previous rounds, program evaluation and case studies.
Grand Challenge Fund
This Fund supported collaborative projects of significant scale and ambition that will deliver practical solutions to key challenges shared by both countries.
The last grant round (Round Two) was finalised in April 2013. To find out who the successful applicants were, go to outcomes of previous rounds, program evaluation and case studies.
This Fund offered Early Career Fellowships and Senior Visiting Fellowships for Australian researchers to work in India – to initiate or consolidate collaboration with a leading-edge Indian host organisation.
Applications closed in 2012.
This Fund is administered by the Australian Academy of Science.
To learn more, go to the Australian Academy of Science website.
No further rounds of the Grand Challenge Fund and Fellowship Fund are planned.
The AISRF supports collaborative research projects. Eligible Australian applicants must have an eligible Indian partner to apply.
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All project reports and financial statements must be submitted electronically by recipient contact officers to email@example.com.
For more information and reporting templates, go to project reporting.
Phone: +61 2 6102 9079
Hours of operation: 9am - 5pm (AEST/AEDT) Monday-Friday (except public holidays)
Please note: Due to an office relocation, we will not be able to answer calls and respond to e-mail queries on 17 April, and the Department will be closed on 18 April and 21 April for the Easter public holidays.
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund
Science, Research & Innovation Division
Department of Industry
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601
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