Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) helps Australian researchers from public and private sectors to participate with Indian scientists in leading-edge scientific research projects and workshops.

The AISRF is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science.

Available funding

The Australian Government has committed an additional $20 million to the AISRF over four years from the 2015-16 financial year.

Minister Hunt announced the opening of AISRF Round 10 and fellowships on 24 August 2016. Information on the current round of collaborative research projects is available. Information on the current round of fellowships is available on the Australian Academy of Science website.

Competitive funding is available under two components covering a range of science and research priority areas:

  • Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund
  • Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund

The emphasis of the AISRF is on providing support for collaborative research projects so eligible Australian applicants must have an eligible Indian partner to apply.

Funding is provided to support a number of activities including travel to India by Australian researchers, salaries for research assistants and PhD students, and bench fees.

For more information on how to apply, visit the Applying for the AISRF page.

Administration of funding

The department jointly administers the Science and Technology Fund with the Department of Science and Technology in India.

The department also jointly administers the Biotechnology Fund with the Department of Biotechnology in India.

The Australian and Indian governments jointly determine priority areas for each round of the Science and Technology Fund and the Biotechnology Fund.

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