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Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, Australia-India

Research fund by Indo-Australia Government for Scientific and Technological Cooperation

Job Description: The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) is a joint initiative between the Indian and Australian Governments. The AISRF supports Indian researchers to collaborate with Australian partners on leading edge science and technology (S&T) in order to contribute to India’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing.
The objectives of the AISRF are to:
· Increase the uptake of leading edge S&T through:
· Supporting collaboration and participation by Indian researchers in strategically focussed, leading edge, scientific research and technology with Australian counterparts; and
· Increased strategic alliances between Indian and Australian researchers.
· Facilitate India’s access to the global S&T system by supporting bilateral relations with Australia.
1.2 Indo-Australian S&T Fund
The Indo-Australian S&T Fund is jointly managed by the Indian Government Department of
Science and Technology (DST) and Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry,
Science and Research (DIISR).
The priority areas of research for Round Five of the Indo- Australian S&T Fund are:
· Agricultural Research;
· Astronomy and Astrophysics;
· Environment Sciences (including climate change research);
· Micro-electronics Devices and Materials;
· Nanotechnology;
· Renewable Energy;
· Marine Sciences;
· Earth Sciences; and
· Information and Communication Technology.
1.3 Timeline for Round Four of the AISRF
The call for applications under Round Four of the AISRF will be open for 8 weeks. The round will open on 25th September 2010, and close at 5pm on 15 November 2010.
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Guidelines for Round Five 2010/11 3
Eligibility Requirements
2.1 Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for funding under the Indo-Australian S&T Fund, the Indian applicant must:
· Seek support for a bilateral collaborative research project or workshop in one of the priority areas of research;
· Have obtained the agreement of their proposed Australian research partner to undertake the project activities;
· Be one of the following ‘eligible organisations’ (or a consortium of eligible organisations):
-Education institution;
– UGC recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities
– Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/Institutes
-public sector research agency; or
– private, not for profit, research organisation
· Address each of the Assessment Criteria
· Seek funding for eligible expenses; and
· Not seek funding for activities funded under another Indian Government program.
Note: the Indian and Australian governments wish to increase the level of industry and other ‘end user’ engagement in publicly funded research. Participation by companies, industry and other end users in collaborative projects is encouraged, but funding from the Government of India will only be provided only to eligible organisations listed above.
2.2 Conditions relating to Eligibility Criteria
AISRF grants are not intended to duplicate support available from other Indian Government sources. Where an applicant already receives Indian Government funding for their core activities, the applicant will only be eligible if they can demonstrate that the activity for which funding is sought is additional to their core activities.
2.3 Eligible activities and expenses
Under the Indo-Australian S&T Fund, the Indian Government will support the direct costs of bilateral collaborative research projects or workshops in one of the priority areas of research Indian side will provide for the following expenses:· International economy excursion class return airfares for Indian researchers travelling to Australia to participate in collaborative research projects and workshops (international airfares for Australian researchers travelling to India will be met by the Australian Government);· Living expenses, including accommodation and meals, for Australian researchers
travelling to India to participate in collaborative research projects and workshops.
Indian side will contribute a maximum of Indian Rs. 1000/ per person per day or Indian Rs. 25,000/- per person per month whichever is the lesser amount and Guest House Accommodation Charges (Living expenses, including accommodation and meals, for Indian researchers travelling to Australia will be met by the Australian Government, Australian side will
contribute a maximum of AUD$300 per person per day, or AUD$4,000 per person per month, whichever is the lesser amount).
· Manpower-Salaries and on-costs for Indian researchers employed specifically for the project
(this includes JRF/RA etc.) as per DST norms.
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· Consumables, minor equipment;
· Workshop-specific expenses for bilateral workshops held in India or Australia
· In the case of projects that demonstrate an active ‘end user’ partner i.e. Industry, activities including prototyping, commercialisation, product design and testing, initial manufacture, and other translational activities; and
· Other project-specific expenses – subject to negotiation with the Department and considered in relation to the value of the projected benefit to India and Australia.
Please note that grants are intended to contribute towards the cost of eligible activities and are not intended to fully reimburse expenditure.
2.4 Costs not eligible for support
The following activities/costs will not be funded by the Indian Government:
· any cost incurred prior to the execution of a funding agreement with the Indian Government;
· costs that duplicate the in-kind support from the applicant or other participants in the project;
· capital expenditure for the purchase of assets such as office furniture, motor vehicles, computers, printers or photocopiers;
· costs involved in the purchase or upgrade/hire of software (including user licenses) and ICT hardware (unless it can be used only for the project);
· administration and infrastructure costs;
· Indian project manager’s salary and salaries for existing staff, including salary related expenses;
· staff recruitment and relocation costs;
· international travel and living expenses for undergraduate and Masters students;
· costs associated with the protection or patenting of intellectual property;
· costs associated with the internal preparation of finance and audit statements; and
· debt financing.
2.5 Duration of projects
Projects may range from short bilateral collaborations to more complex projects spanning up to 3 years. Indian Government support will not be provided for activities undertaken or expenses incurred prior to the execution of a funding agreement.

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