The funding under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), the governments of Australia and India will support 15 new collaborative projects and eight joint workshops.
The Government of India will fund the Indian teams' participation in the research projects. During conversation, Australia's High Commissioner said India Patrik Suckling that, the partnership will enable leading scientists of both countries to collaborate on pioneering research.
He further said, "AISRF is Australia's largest science fund with any country and one of India's largest sources of support for international science. The substantial scientific outcomes emerging from this program are significant and long-term links between researchers of both countries."
He further added that the joint research programmes will enable deeper collaboration and linkages between top universities and institutions of both Australia and India which is already growing.
The partner institutions from Australia include the University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, CSIRO and Deakin University.
Partner institutions from India include the Indian Institute of Science, IIT Bombay, National Institute of Oceanography, Punjab Agricultural University, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and Christian Medical College, Vellore.
Several other projects supported by the fund are in other priority fields which include Renewable Energy, Biomedical Devices and Implants, Nanotechnology, Bioremediation, Food and Water Security, and Astronomy & Astrophysics.