Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia jointly announced a Special COVID-19 Collaboration in 2020 during an India-Australia Leaders’ Virtual Summit on June 4, 2020.
Accordingly, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), Australia have invited joint research projects on COVID-19 from interested scientists and researchers under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), a platform for bilateral collaboration in science, jointly managed and funded by both the governments.
The research proposals are expected to focus on antiviral coatings, other preventive technologies, data analytics, modelling, AI applications, and screening and diagnostic testing as priority areas. The project duration would be for 12 months with a maximum extension of six months.
The objective of the grant opportunity is to fund short collaborative research projects with tangible outcomes focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to bring together leading research institutions and industry in both Australia and India. As the two countries are currently working on areas relevant to COVID-19 such as vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, projects of a mutually beneficial nature whose outcomes contribute to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic are expected out of the whole collaboration.
The details are available on onlinedst.gov.in. The last date for submission of online application is July 2, 2020.