Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

At a glance

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Provides Australian researchers with funding of up to $500,000 to support collaborative science and technology research projects with Indian counterparts that are of mutual benefit to Australia and India.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, 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.

You must also 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).

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

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

Eligibility criteria

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.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 The extent that your project will advance research and collaboration in priority areas (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 Benefits to Australia and India (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 4 Impact of grant funding (10 points)

How to apply

You should read the program guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Program guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, fill in the online application form and attach any mandatory attachments.

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When you submit your online application, we will provide you with an automated receipt number and we will send a copy of your complete application to both the contact email address and the declarant email address that you provide in the form.

For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We refer your application to an independent advisory panel of experts. The panel may also seek additional advice from independent technical experts.

The panel will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in a funding round before recommending which projects to fund.

To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against each merit criterion. While we assess all applications against the same merit criteria, we will score your application relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. The evidence you provide to support your application should be proportional to the size and complexity of your project.

If the selection process identifies unintentional errors in your application, we may contact you to correct or clarify the errors, but you cannot make any material alteration or addition.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

The program delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Letter of Support template
  • Key personnel curriculum vitae (CV) template

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