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Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund supports collaborative research projects between Australia and India. You can apply for a grant of up to $1,000,000 for research projects that benefit Australia and India.


What do you get?

A grant of up to $1,000,000 to support a collaborative research project with India.

Who is this for?

An Australian organisation doing a research project with India in a priority area. You must have an Indian partner who is applying through the corresponding Indian system.


The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) provides grants for collaborative research projects with Indian partners. Your project must involve research in a priority area and should benefit both Australia and India.

  • The minimum grant amount is $500,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $1,000,000.
  • You must complete your project by 30 June 2023.

Your lead organisation may submit a maximum of 2 applications:

  • one where you have an Indian partner applying to India’s Department of Science and Technology (under the Science and Technology Fund)
  • one where you have an Indian partner applying to India’s Department of Biotechnology (under the Biotechnology Fund)

Priority areas

The priority areas for Round 12 of the AISRF are:

Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund

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

Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund

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


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

Your organisation must also be one of the following:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (see Appendix A in the guidelines)
  • a Cooperative Research Centre
  • another Australian incorporated entity

You must also have an Indian partner who has submitted, or is submitting, a corresponding application to either:

  • India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

For more information on eligibility, check the grant opportunity guidelines. These include details on granting activity objectives, eligibility and merit criteria, the assessment processes, reporting and acquittal requirements and review mechanisms.


The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund grant is currently closed to applications. 
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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Letter of support template

Key personnel curriculum vitae (CV) template