New Delhi: Top scientists in India and Australia will team up for cutting-edge research in fields of environment science, materials science, stem cells and vaccines as part of a joint multi-million dollar programme.
Australia and India 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," Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese said.
He said this commitment was a measure of Australia's strong belief in the quality and future of the science relationship, which was an important element underpinning the overall strategic partnership.
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.