Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

AISRF10thVardhanTurbull.jpgThe Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) helps Australian researchers from public and private sectors to collaborate with Indian scientists on leading-edge scientific research. Supported activities include joint projects, workshops, research fellowships, and salaries for PhD students and research assistants.

Through the AISRF the Australian and Indian governments have committed more than $100 million (Rs 500 crore) to leading-edge research since the program began in 2006, supporting more than 300 collaborative activities. It is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science.

The program has funded research collaboration across more than 20 different mutual priority areas, including:

  • agriculture
  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • biomedical devices and implants
  • clean energy technologies
  • food and water security
  • information and communication technology
  • marine sciences
  • nanotechnology
  • stem cells and vaccines

Available funding

The Australian Government has committed an additional $10 million in AISRF grant funding over four years from financial year 2018-19.

Applications for the next round of competitive grants are expected to open later in 2018.

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