Australia-India Strategic Research Fund: Research Projects (Round 12)

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund is a bilateral program administered in conjunction with the Indian Government. Grant decisions are made jointly with the Indian Government.

The objectives of the program 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 and India’s access to the global science and technology system.

The priority areas for Round 12 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Projects are:

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

  • Climate Change mitigation and adaptation
  • Food processing, storage and distribution
  • Mining safety and efficiency

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

  • Cancer therapeutics/theranostics
  • Genomics and precision medicine
  • Pest-resistant crops

Funding & Duration

Grants are awarded from AUD $500,000 to $1M for a maximum grant period of 3 years.


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)
    • a Cooperative Research Centre
    • another Australian incorporated entity.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

The University can only submit a maximum of two applications:

  • one with a corresponding application submitted under the Science and Technology Fund with India’s Department of Science and Technology
  • one corresponding application submitted under the Biotechnology Fund with India’s Department of Biotechnology

Therefore an internal selection process will be conducted if there is more than one application under each stream. Interested candidates must notify by 24 September 2019 with a short summary (maximum 2 pages) of:

  • The extent that your project will advance research and collaboration in priority areas
  • Scientific quality – the appropriateness of the design and methodology for your research
  • Benefit to Australia and India
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project

Further Information

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