The Australian government has now commenced applications for a new grant program aimed at encouraging collaboration on cutting edge cyber technology between Australian and Indian companies. The grants will be made available to Aussie organizations in collaboration with an Indian organization and vice versa. The last date of application submission is February 5th 2021.

The grant will be prioritizing and  focusing on three key areas – 

  • Development of critical tech standards 
  • Ethical framework for critical and emerging technologies 
  • Tech research in the international marketplace trend, technical standards or ethical framework and emerging technologies

Australia-India Cyber Partnership Grants Program

The grant will majorly support relevant emerging technologies including next generation communication (5G/6G), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, big data, quantum computing and synthetic biology. To be eligible for the grant, applicant companies must be located in India and have a partner organization/institution that’s located in Australia, or located in Australia and have a partner organization/institution that’s located in India.

A complete list of organizations eligible for the Australia-India Cyber Partnership Grant is available on the website of the High Commission. Joint applications having more than one organization will be eligible and considered.

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The Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) is a $12.7 million grant that contributes to the priorities of the Australian Government to promote a prosperous and stable Indo Pacific. The grant compliments the Framework Arrangement of Australia and India on cyber as well as cyber-enabled critical technology cooperation. It was signed by the Hon Marise Payne, the Minister of Fpreign Affairs Australia and Dr S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister of India. It was a part of the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which was announced at the Leaders’ Virtual Summit on June 4th 2020.

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