Australia India Research Collaboration Grants set to advance bilateral research collaboration

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Applications for the Australia India ‘Unnati’ Research Collaboration Grants open today, deepening and expanding research collaboration between Australia and India.

The Unnati Research Collaboration Grants (Unnati Grants), administered by the Australia India Institute, will provide additional funding to Australian researchers working in four mutually prioritised fields identified by the Australian and Indian governments.

CEO of the Australia India Institute, the Hon Lisa Singh, says the new grants are anchored on the principle of ‘unnati’, striving to advance the impact and outcomes of research collaborations.

“Research collaboration between Australia and India extends back many decades and is supported by several bilateral agreements and funding initiatives,” Ms Singh said.

“The Unnati Grants will deepen collaboration, while supporting research projects to achieve greater impact and promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise.”

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, 12 grants of $30,000 each are available. Three grants are allocated for each theme.

  • Food, soil and water security
  • The future of healthcare
  • Environmental change and energy frontiers; and
  • Digital humanities and intelligent futures.

The grants are available to Australian researchers based in Australian higher education institutions who are either undertaking existing research collaboration in India or are interested in collaborating with an eligible Indian partner.

“The Unnati Grants will strengthen the research and education ties between both nations and contribute to creating lasting social and economic benefits,” Ms Singh said.

“Education has been identified as the sector holding the greatest promise for the future of the Australia-India trade relationship.

“Our shared commitment to advance research and innovation partnerships of mutual benefit will play a key role in achieving this vision.”

Applications can be made via the Australian Researcher Cooperation Hub-India – a digital platform promoting researcher collaboration between India and Australia. Applications close Monday, 15 May 2023.