Australia-India strategic research fund


The Australian Government will provide $20 million over the next four years to support scientific collaboration between Australian and Indian scientists.

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) has supported more than 220 joint scientific projects in areas of key importance to both countries including agricultural research, biomedical devices and implants, nanotechnology and vaccines.

AISRF projects have attracted significant contributions from respected research partners in both countries representing 90 top universities and research institutions.

The Fund’s work has resulted in substantial commercialisation opportunities and a large number of publications, patents and prototypes.

This includes a low cost and environmentally safe product to address oil contaminated water; technologies to build up disease and pest resilience in crops such as chickpeas and cotton; and technologies to assist in the production and long-term use of a clean burning synthetic fuel with potential use in the Australian and Indian transport sectors.

Prime Minster Abbott visited Jai Prakesh Narayan Apex Trauma Centre in Delhi and saw firsthand the great work facilitated by the AISRF.

Over the last ten years more than $60 million has been invested in the AISRF and Mr Abbott said he was pleased this collaboration will further support and enable the Fund’s work to continue.


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