Funding Bodies

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Grand Challenge Fund

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports scientific and research collaborations of mutual benefit through international partnerships such as the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

The AISRF helps Australian researchers from public and private sectors to participate with Indian scientists in leading-edge scientific research projects and workshops. It is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research with any country and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science.

The AISRF comprises a number of separate components, each of which has specific objectives, application processes and funding rules.  Currently, the components are the:

  • Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund; and the
  • Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund.


Grand Challenge Fund

The AITSC is funded through the former Grand Challenge Fund.

Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science (DIIS) and the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) jointly manage the Grand Challenge Fund.

This component is designed to support collaborative projects that address a problem considered by both countries to be significant enough to be characterised as a ‘grand challenge’. The problem would typically affect a large or particularly vulnerable population, an important industry and/or essential services. The resolution of the problem should clearly lead to tangible benefits, which may include: improvements in the quality of life of the affected population, the viability of the industry, or the provision of an essential service.


AISRF contact

For more information about the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), contact the AISRF team:

Email –

Tel – +61 2 6102 9079


Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

Science and Commercialisation Policy

Department of Industry and Science

GPO Box 9839

Canberra ACT 2601


Department of Science and Technology – India

India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for us to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology. The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.