Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) a joint initiative between the Indian (Department of Science and Technology) and Australian (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) Governments. The AISRF supports Indian researchers to collaborate with Australian partners on leading edge science and technology (S&T) in order to contribute to India’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
The priority areas of research for Round Five of the Indo- Australian S&T Fund are:
· Agricultural Research;
· Astronomy and Astrophysics;
· Environment Sciences (including climate change research);
· Micro-electronics Devices and Materials;
· Renewable Energy;
· Marine Sciences;
· Earth Sciences; and
· Information and Communication Technology.
Seek support for a bilateral collaborative research project or workshop in one of the priority areas of research;
Have obtained the agreement of their proposed Australian research partner to undertake the project activities;
Be one of the following ‘eligible organisations’ (or a consortium of eligible organisations):
UGC recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities
Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/Institutes
Public sector research agency; or
Private, not for profit, research organisation
Address each of the Assessment Criteria
Seek funding for eligible expenses; and
Not seek funding for activities funded under another Indian Government program.
Eligible activities and expenses
Under the Indo-Australian S&T Fund, the Indian Government will support the direct costs of bilateral collaborative research projects or workshops in one of the priority areas of research.
Indian side will provide for the following expenses:
International economy excursion class return airfares for Indian researchers travelling to Australia to participate in collaborative research projects and workshops.
Living expenses, including accommodation and meals, for Australian researchers travelling to India to participate in collaborative research projects and workshops.
Indian side will contribute a maximum of Indian Rs. 1000/ per person per day or Indian Rs. 25,000/- per person per month whichever is the lesser amount and Guest House
Manpower-Salaries and on-costs for Indian researchers are as per DST norms.
Projects may range from short bilateral collaborations to more complex projects spanning up to 3 Years
Submitting an application
Applicants for funding should submit this completed application form and all
relevant, clearly labelled attachments in a single email in one MS word file( file name must indicate applicant name and area code) with to the email address:firstname.lastname@example.org.An email acknowledging receipt of the application will be provided to the applicant.
Applications will only be accepted during 20th September, 2010 to 15th November, 2010. Three hard copies are to be sent to
Dr. Naveen Vasishta, Scientist , International Division
Department of Science & Technology,
Government of India, Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi 110016.
More information can be got from http://www.dst.gov.in/whats_new/whats_new10/cop_Indo_Australia_corrected.pdf