New Delhi: Top
scientists in India and Australia will receive funding for
cutting-edge research in fields of environment science, materials
science, stem cells and vaccines as part of a joint multi-million
programme, the Australian envoy to India said Tuesday.
The Australian and Indian governments will support 13 new
collaborative projects and seven joint workshops through the
Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
"This programme brings together leading scientists in both
countries for truly world-class research. This is Australia's
largest science fund with any country and one of India's largest
sources of support for international science," said Australian
High Commissioner Peter Varghese.
"This commitment is a measure of our strong belief in the quality
and future of the science relationship, which we see as an
important element underpinning the overall Strategic Partnership,"
From a total Australian commitment to the fund of Australian $64
million (Rs.366 crore), the Australian government has committed
$4.37 million (Rs.23 crore) to these new projects and workshops.
The Indian government will fund the Indian teams' participation.
Participating institutions in India include Banaras Hindu
University, the National Chemical Laboratories, Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) Mumbai, IIT Roorkee, Immunology Laboratory
Institute of Microbial Technology at Chandigarh, and the Institute
for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
The partner institutions in Australia include the University of
New South Wales, Melbourne University, Southern Cross University,
Australian National University, Queensland University of
Technology, CSIRO and Deakin University.
The research to be supported includes development of new batteries
for electric vehicles, developing an approach for recycling
hazardous e-waste to reduce harmful emissions, and developing a
process to manage waste water discharged from ethanol distilleries
Other projects supported by the fund are in fields including
renewable energy, marine and earth sciences, food and water
security, biomedical devices and implants, and bioenergy.