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Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

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Department of Industry, Science and Resources
Close Date & Time:
23-Jan-2019 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


Australia-India Collaborative Research Projects are funded by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

The objectives of the AISRF are to:

  • increase the uptake of leading science and technology by supporting collaboration between Australian and Indian researchers in strategically focused, leading-edge scientific research and technology projects
  • strengthen strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers, and
  • facilitate Australia’s and India’s access to the global science and technology system.

For this grant opportunity, $4 million is available over 3 years.

  • the maximum grant amount is $500,000
  • the maximum grant period is three years
  • the project must involve research in a priority area
  • the lead organisation can submit a maximum of two applications:
    • one with a corresponding application being submitted under the Science and Technology Fund with India’s Department of Science and Technology
    • one corresponding application being submitted under the Biotechnology Fund with India’s Department of Biotechnology.

Priority Areas

The priority areas for Round 11 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Projects are:

Indo-Australian Science & Technology Fund (administered by DST in India)

  • Energy storage (batteries)
  • Marine science

Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund (administered by DBT in India)

  • Plant genomics
  • Neurodegenerative diseases, including palliative care

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in appendix A
  • a Cooperative Research Centre
  • an other Australian incorporated entity.

We can only accept applications:

  • that have a primary Indian partner that has submitted, or is in the process of submitting, a corresponding application to India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) or the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

For more information on eligibility please refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

Grant Activity Timeframe:


The maximum grant period is 3 years.

We may approve a further 12 month extension provided you complete your project by 30 June 2023.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


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