Australia-India Strategic Research Fund announces new collaborative research projects

Five groundbreaking projects receive funding to address global challenges through collaborative efforts in AI, biotechnology, and clean energy

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New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, has announced the results of the 15th round of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), underscoring the ongoing collaboration between the two nations in scientific research and innovation.
This year, funding has been awarded to five cutting-edge projects spanning various disciplines, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, biotechnology, urban mining and electronic waste recycling, ultralow-cost solar and clean hydrogen technologies.
The selected projects were rigorously evaluated to ensure they meet the highest standards of scientific excellence and have the potential for significant impact. This year’s projects include creating an AI-driven platform for monitoring soil carbon sequestration, developing eco-friendly methods for recovering essential metals from obsolete mobile devices, designing cost-effective solar thermal desalination systems with nanomaterials, harnessing the immune system’s power to combat antimicrobial resistance, and advancing diagnostics and therapeutics to detect and combat microbial infections.
The Indian recipients of this year’s funding are the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre in Ludhiana, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, and AbGenics Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. in Pune.
Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized, “I feel collaboration is crucial in this modern era to address critical global challenges and in fostering sustainable development. The AISRF is a testament to the enduring partnership between India and Australia. I am sure the projects which emerged out of collaboration would result in significant scientific discoveries and technological advancements in areas of mutual interest. While reinforcing our commitment to build a vibrant innovation ecosystem with Australia, I congratulate all the researchers involved with these projects for a prosperous and sustainable future.”
Ed Husic, Australia’s Minister for Industry and Science, echoed Dr. Singh’s sentiments, “The world isn’t short of complex issues, with collaboration between nations playing an essential role in delivering scientific breakthroughs that will make a difference. From tougher strains of bacteria to e-waste and AI, our bilateral research partnership puts Australia’s brightest minds to creating better solutions for the world’s ongoing and emerging challenges. The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund has delivered more than 360 collaborative research projects in the past 18 years, ensuring our nation’s universities and research institutions have remained at the forefront of global research.”