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Science and technology
Australia has a rich tradition of achievement in science, technology and innovation, with eleven Nobel Prize laureates in natural sciences for discoveries including penicillin, the expansion of the Universe and the bionic ear.
The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) is the lead government department for science, technology and innovation in Australia. Visit: http://www.innovation.gov.au/
Australia – India science and technology relationship
Formal cooperation in science and technology between Australia and India began in 1986 with the signing of an agreement by the two Governments. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Department of Science and Technology was signed in 2003, replacing an original MOU signed in 1996. A MoU with the Indian Department of Biotechnology was signed in 2006, supporting joint funding of activities. In 2011, this MoU was extended for a further five years until 2016.
Australia India Strategic Research Fund
The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) is jointly administered and funded by the governments of Australia and India. It is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to collaboration in scientific research with any country and one of India's largest sources of support for international science. Started in 2006, Australia's commitment of $64 million (Rs340 crore) supports the participation of Australian researchers in agreed joint activities. The Government of India meets its researchers' costs.
More information on the AISRF, including how to apply, is available at: http://www.innovation.gov.au/aisrf (Australian applicants)
http://dst.gov.in and http://dbtindia.nic.in/index.asp (Indian applicants)
Australia-India Fellowship Fund
The AISRF supports the Australia-India Fellowships offered by the Australian Academy of Sciences (www.science.org.au) and Indian National Science Academy (http://insaindia.org/index.php), allowing researcher exchange between Australia and India.
Australian organisations supporting science cooperation:
Australian Academy of Science: www.science.org.au
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering: www.atse.org.au
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: www.aciar.gov.au
Australian Government science website: www.science.gov.au
Australian Institute of Marine Science: www.aims.gov.au
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation: www.ansto.gov.au
Australian Research Council: www.arc.gov.au
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation: www.csiro.au