The Australia-India Council (AIC) seeks to advance Australia's foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India.

Only one application per university or institution will be accepted. 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • support implementation of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia, including the India Economic Strategy;
  • address an identified gap or need
  • are co-funded by industry, or work to produce commercial collaborations, or demonstrate a path to continuing in future years without government funding
  • support these Australian Government priorities
    • critical technology
    • critical mineral
    • energy
    • climate change

Global Engagement provides Global Strategy Framework and Global Engagement Briefs. The Global Strategy and Partnerships (GSP) team welcome inquiries to identify potential partners in India.

Key Dates
Expression of Interest to Global Engagement:
 noon Tuesday 7 December 2021 (
Brisbane time)
DFAT’s closing date and time: 14:00 Wednesday 12 January 2022 (Canberra time, UTC +11)


Please consult the guidelines for the eligibility of your project

Grants available

Grants will be provided to a small number of projects (up to a maximum of $250,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-beraking collaborations that catalyse positive bilateral engagement.

Grant funding may be applied to staff working exclusively on the project, including an external consultant.

Subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant's organisation are not normally funded.

AIC do not generally fund travel and accommodation for attendance at conferences or meetings, participation in fieldwork or sporting or other events, unless such activities are considered by the Board to be of direct relevance to its objectives. To be considered, a substantial program should exist in the sidelines or around the conference and there should also be a strong argument for the selection of the applicant(s).

How to Apply

1. Submit an Expression of Interest to Global Strategy and Partnerships ( by noon on 7 December

2. Applicants will be notified on 13 December

3. Selected applicant to apply directly to DFAT by 12 January

Selected applicant:

1. Completing the application
All applications must be submitted by the applicant electronically using the SmartyGrants online application form. Guidelines and full details on how to apply are published in the DFAT website.

The GSP team will provide a letter of support template, application cover sheet template to be completed by the applicant, brief UQ capacity statement and information on UQ’s engagement in the country of your application upon request. Please allow five working days for the GSP team to process the letter of support. Letter of support will be issued after the signed cover sheet is received by the GSP team. Return the signed cover sheet and draft letter of support to the GSP team by 17 December. Due to end-of-year break, the signed letter of support might be returned to the applicant in January.

2. GSP internal review and feedback
If you require a review on compliance and feedback, please email your application to the
GSP team by 7 January.

Key dates

Expression of Interest to Global Engagement: noon Tuesday 7 December 2021 (Brisbane time)
DFAT’s closing date and time: 14:00 Wednesday 12 January 2022 (Canberra time, UTC +11)