A total of $5,217,705 was allocated to collaborative projects that were chosen from over 80 applicants in round 14 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
Minister of Science and Technology Melissa Price said the project underscored the growing strength of the relationship between Australia and India.
- $5.2 million in grants for Australia-India research projects
- The projects address six of eight priority areas agreed by two governments, including quantum technologies, critical minerals and infection prevention and control
- Australian Indian scientists welcome this decision
“The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund strengthens Australia-India ties and creates new innovation networks of global significance,” said Ms Price.
“These cutting-edge projects will benefit both countries and show what is possible when our leading research institutes and industries work closely together,” she added.
“The projects address six of the eight priority areas agreed by our two governments, including quantum technologies, critical minerals, and infection prevention and control. I look forward to the development of these projects and the continued scientific and research cooperation between our nations in the future,” she said.
The projects, successful Australian applicants and grant amounts are:
- Development of low-cost, portable, solar-powered optical sensing technology for online monitoring of contaminants in groundwater, University of Sydney ($979,931).
- Preventing Blindness Using Digital Technologies in Primary Care Centres, The University Of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle ($912,000).
- Research into the structural dynamics of SARS-Cov-2, University of Melbourne ($894,513).
- Advanced Recovery of Battery Materials and Rare Earth Elements from Ores and Waste, University of South Australia ($905,881).
- Development of a versatile protein mimicry platform to deliver the next generation of bioadhesives for soft tissue repair, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ($525,380).
- Quantum Enhanced Atomic Gravimetry for Enhanced Detection Capabilities, Australian National University ($1,000,000).
The Indian government will support Indian partners in the projects, the minister said in the statement.
Welcoming the move, Indian-born scientist Prof SS Vasan said: “Democracy, defence, diaspora and dosti are the four Ds that underpin the Australia-India relationship.
“These grants are a big step in that direction and to move strategic research collaborations forward,” Prof Vasan, COVID-19 science lead for Australia’s science agency CSIRO, told SBS Hindi.
Welcoming the initiative, Dr Onisha Patel, a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne, said: “The continued support of both governments to fund initiatives like this will bring scientists together to work on ambitious research. projects in key priority areas that are mutually beneficial. Investment in research and development is key to driving economic growth in both countries.
“With the launch of platforms like ARCH-India and the contributions made by the Indian diaspora working in the Australian research sector, there is no doubt that we will see more collaborations between the two nations in the future,” said Dr. Patel.
The AISRF is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral scientific cooperation. It helps to connect top Australian and Indian universities, research institutes and end users of scientific innovation.