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India, Australia invite joint research proposals in biotech under Indo-Australian Biotech Fund

Neethikrishna, Mumbai
Friday, July 9, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has invited call for research proposals between India and Australia in various fields of biotechnology under the Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund (Fourteenth Round).

The purpose of the call is that along with DBT public sector undertaking (PSU), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) and Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS), Government of Australia aims to ensure promote & support cutting edge Science and Technology (S&T) research across India and Australia.

The priority areas of research for round fourteen of the Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund are Covid-19 long-term health impacts, infection prevention and control, digital health and telemedicine and biomaterials (including bioplastics).

The objective is for Innovation over existing processes or products or generation of new knowledge. It also aims for sustainable, scalable and flexible solutions, and specific scientific problems to be addressed identifying the current competitive landscape. Besides, it also aims to facilitate India’s and Australia’s access to the global science and technology system.

The Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund (IABF) is a platform for bilateral collaboration in science jointly managed and funded by the governments of India and Australia. The IABF is managed jointly by the DBT, Government of India and Department of Industry, Australia.

Since its establishment in 2006, the IABF has supported collaborative, leading-edge research between scientists in Australia and India across a range of agreed priority areas. It has also helped to build linkages between premier research and educational institutions in both countries.

Both the DBT and the Department of Industry, Australia have invited proposals from institutes, public/private companies, universities and/or State/territory funded research organizations. Application must have at least one Australian partner.

The last date for submitting the proposals is August 31, 2021.


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