Australian Innovation

$2.7M Boost for Science and Tech Research

Australian scientists will work with their Indian counterparts on cutting-edge research in everything from agriculture to health thanks to new funding from the Australian Government.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today announced that nine projects have been awarded $2.7 million from Round 4 of the Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund, which is a component of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

“These projects will further strengthen what is a very important bilateral relationship between Australia and India,” Senator Carr said.

“India is a leader in science and technology and an important partner for Australian scientists.”

The $2.7 million will be matched by Indian Government funding and will support projects such as:
•    the development of a cancer targeting system using the latest advances in nanotechnology to deliver anti-cancer agents directly to the cancer site;
•    the use of adsorption engineering to produce low-cost, high-efficiency water-free biogas; and
•    the development of social media technologies for rural and remote communities with limited access to broadband internet.

Other projects focus on earth systems science, astronomy and astrophysics, and renewable energy.

The AISRF is Australia’s largest bilateral research fund, providing $65 million over eight years from 2006-07. The Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund is one of four components of the AISRF.

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