Deakin Research

Deakin Research

Australia India Strategic and Research Fund (AISRF) 2013

Funding Body

Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)

The DIISRTE AISRF (AUSTRALIA-INDIA STRATEGIC RESEARCH FUND) scheme is a bilateral collaboration in science, jointly managed and funded by the governments of Australia and India. The Australian applicant (ie Deakin) applies to DIISRTE via either the Science & Technology (S&T) stream or the Biotechnology stream. The Indian applicant applies to the Indian Government. Support is provided for collaborative research projects or workshops.

Grant rounds are held annually

Scheme/ Round

The Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund and the Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund
Maximum of $300,000 over the life of the project (up to 3 years). If an end-user organisation is identified, the funding limit can be increased to $400,000

The Grand Challenge Fund
Up to $3million over the life of the project (typically 3 years in duration)


The aim of each scheme varies. For further information visit the AISRF home page

Important Notes
  1. AISRF applications require a lot of work and significant coordination and collaboration between the Australian and Indian organisations. For example, certain aspects of the Australian and Indian applications must be the same and milestones must be identified in the application. Listed milestones form part of any agreement if the application is successful so these must be negotiated and accepted prior to submission. Communication and coordination between the parties is critical.
  2. If successful, Deakin must enter into a Head Agreement with DIISRTE and must enter into a separate collaborative agreement with each Indian collaborating organisation. Indian collaborating organisations must maintain insurance cover appropriate to their role in the conduct of the project so this needs to be discussed and confirmed prior to submitting an application. The Indian collaborating organisation must also enter into a Head Agreement with the Indian Government - you will need to forward us a copy of this draft Head Agreement so that we can consider the intellectual property provisions ahead of submission of your application.
  3. Project management requires regular reports and proven expenditure from Deakin to DIISRTE which must be submitted on time.
Internal Deadlines 14 Jan 2013 Notice of Intention to Submit CLOSED via
  12 Feb 2013 Completed draft applications required for compliance checking Mandatory via

External Deadline (no extensions possible)

5 March 2013

Applications close


Applicants must submit their fully complete application online



How to Apply

1.Check if you are eligible refer to AISRF Eligibility Checklist

2. Liaise with your Faculty/ SRC

3. Submit a Notice of Intention to Submit

4. Read guidelines and application instructions

5. Prepare the application

6. Submit your application to Deakin Research for compliance check by internal deadline

7. Submit your application online by external deadline

Resources Relevant documentation and information on how to apply is available AISRF home page

Other Important Information

Further Information:

Please e-mail if you require any further information.

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5th February 2013