Collaborating with India on science and research

We fund collaborative research with India on science, innovation and technology.

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) supports scientists in India and Australia to collaborate on leading-edge research.

Priority areas of research

The fund has supported 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
  • vaccines.

The fund can also support new urgent research priorities for both countries, such as responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Australia-India Strategic Research Fund: collaborative research projects

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) links Australian and Indian research institutions together to work on strategically focused, leading-edge scientific research and technology projects.

The projects build research capacity and maximise the application, commercialisation and sustainability of research outcomes, supporting the continued economic growth and development of both nations.

Competitive grant rounds are held annually and you may only apply while a round is open.

Program guidelines apply to Australian applicants only.

Indian applicants should follow the Indian Government guidelines. Indian researchers interested in Australian collaboration should contact the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology.

Learn more about how we collaborate with India on science and research.

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Australia-India Strategic Research Fund: early and mid-career researcher fellowships

High-performing Australian early and mid-career researchers can access funding to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations.

The Indian Government also supports Indian researchers to spend time at Australian institutions. These reciprocal fellowships help to facilitate long-term science, technology and innovation collaboration between our nations.

Learn more about how we collaborate with India on science and research.

Case studies

Professor Veena Sahajwalla holding electronic waste

Novel approach for processing hazardous electronic waste

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Two scientists looking at a digitised image of a brain scan of a small animal

Nanoengineered autoantigens to prevent and treat autoimmunity

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Close up of two medical professional's hands putting on white surgical gloves while dressed in scrubs

Intelligent robotic imaging system for keyhole surgeries

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
3 researchers in a lab

Integrated technologies for economically sustainable bio-based energy

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Photo of blue sky, clouds and sunlight

Innovative battery technology: storing energy from renewable sources

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Members of the joint Australia-India research team

Genomic approaches for stress tolerant chickpea

Case study from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.