Up to $500,000 is available from AISRF to support collaborative science and technology research projects with Indian counterparts that are of mutual benefit to Australia and India.


Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

The Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) commenced in 2006. In the 2018 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced a total of $10 million over 4 years for the current phase of the program.

The AISRF is a bilateral program administered in conjunction with the Indian Government. Grant decisions are made jointly with the Indian Government.



The objectives of the AISRF 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 maximum grant amount is $500,000. There is no minimum grant amount.

You cannot use funding from other Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government grants to fund your share of eligible project costs.


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


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • involve research in a priority area

AISRF program cannot fund your project if it receives funding from another government grant for the same activities. If you receive Australian government funding for your core activities, you will need to demonstrate that the activity you are carrying out for the project is additional to your core activities. If you have received AISRF project funding in a previous round, you cannot receive funding for the same activities that have previously been supported.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • joint scientific research projects with Indian partner/s
  • application and commercialisation of research outcomes
  • exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and India
  • conferences and workshops
  • new research-related information sharing and communication initiatives
  • joint traditional research outputs of books, chapters, journal articles and conference publications.


Eligible expenditure includes:

  • salaries for Australian personnel directly employed on project activities and residing in Australia, including
    • researchers
    • support staff
    • student stipends
  • salary on-costs of up to 30 per cent – where direct Australian salary costs have been included in the budget
  • international travel
    • economy class return airfares for Australian researchers, including postgraduate students, travelling to India to participate in meetings, workshops and activities related to the project. International airfares for Indian researchers travelling to Australia will be met by the
      Government of India
    • economy class domestic transportation for Australian researchers, including postgraduate students, within India
    • visa and insurance costs associated with travel to India
    • living expenses, including accommodation and meals, for Indian researchers travelling to Australia to participate in meetings, workshops and activities related to the Project. Support is limited to a maximum of $300 per person per day, or $4,000 per person per month,
      whichever is the lesser amount. (Living expenses, including accommodation and meals, for Australian researchers travelling to India will be met by the Government of India)
    • Australian researchers’ travel to a country other than India where the primary purpose of travel is to advance the AISRF project and/or to present outcomes of the project at an international conference
  • direct support costs of activities including
    • project specific bench fees, consumables, specialist equipment or instruments, freight, and access to facilities necessary to undertake the project
    • costs of prototyping and commercialisation translational activities including product design, testing, and initial manufacturing of the prototype
  • other direct costs as approved by the Program Delegate (who is the AusIndustry Senior Responsible Officer with responsibility for program delivery).


Eligible Applicants

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
  • an other Australian incorporated entity.

Joint applications involving more than one Australian partner are acceptable, provided the lead applicant is the main driver of the project and eligible to apply.

AISRF program 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).



Applications close 23 January 2019.


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