Deadline: 27 April 2016
The Australia-India Council (AIC) of Australian Government currently invites applications from individuals and organisations, in Australia, for projects which aim to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India. AIC grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council.
AIC’s objectives are to:
- raise awareness of Australia in India, and of India in Australia in a way that encourages further growth in relations between the two countries, including in the trade and investment relationship
- promote exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian organisations in the fields of relevance to the bilateral strategic partnership
- deliver high quality programs that demonstrate Australia’s economic credentials and technical excellence to influential audiences in India
- seek community involvement in, and private sector support for, the Council’s diplomacy efforts including by encouraging corporate investment in collaborations that advance Australia India relations
- publicize the Council’s activities as a means of encouraging broad support for the Council’s role and the bilateral relationship.
The Council gives priority to projects in the following areas:
- Public Policy and Economic Relations
- Science: focusing on agriculture, resources and energy, and waste management
- Education: including skills training and links that support the implementation of the New Colombo Plan in India
- Arts and Culture: particularly activities linked to high-profile festivals in Australia and India.
Grant amounts are considered on a proposal-by-proposal basis in reference to the detailed budgets provided by applicants. Generally, grants between AUD 20,000 and AUD 50,000 are awarded.
- Applicants applying as individuals must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. Proof of citizenship or residency may be required. Normally, we would expect organisations to be applying for AIC grants. Organisations must be based in Australia to be eligible.
- Individuals who intend the grant they are applying for to be administered by a university should seek formal endorsement of their application from the relevant universities’ research office or equivalent.
- Organisations from India interested in AIC grants can apply through their Australian partner.
- Australian Commonwealth, State or Local Government departments cannot apply for grants. Other public sector organisations, for example research institutes, are eligible.
How to Apply
AIC grant applications must be submitted using an online grant application form. Applicants must complete the form in full to apply for AIC grant funding.
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