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Australia and India - partners in scientific discovery

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07 Jan 2011

Leading Australian and Indian researchers are teaming up to pursue groundbreaking ideas, from new non-invasive tools for detecting cancer to better techniques for monitoring the health of our oceans.

With funding of $65 million from the Australian Government, and matching funding from the Government of India, the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund is powering innovation in critical areas like oncology, marine science, agriculture, water management and nanotechnology.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the outcomes of the research partnership would make a real difference to peoples’ lives in both nations.

“Collaboration is a powerful way of achieving results. It gives our world-class researchers the tools and networks they need to excel.

“By working in partnership with India, we bring new perspectives and more resources to tackling our shared challenges,” Senator Carr said. “Both nations can maximise the value of their research investments by pooling funding, and sharing skills, equipment and facilities”.

Senator Carr noted that India is acknowledged as an emerging global power in science and technology.

“We share many common areas of research interest with India and we have a lot to offer each other,” Senator Carr said.

“By working together we can help ensure that our researchers can realise their incredible potential, for the benefit of communities across the globe”.

Case studies of projects supported by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund are attached: Cancer Diagnostics Case Study Does Climate Change Drive Evolution Case Study

Ocean Colour Case Study

For more information on the Gillard Government’s support for science and research, visit