Grant Opportunities

The AICCTP Grant Program funds selected proposals for practical cooperation and collaboration on cyber and critical technology, which will help shape a global technology environment that meets Australia and India’s shared vision of an open, free, rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

The grant round is currently closed

The next generation of technological developments merges new discoveries in physical, digital, and biological systems. India and Australia have a key role to play in contributing to the global development of critical and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), next generation telecommunications (5G/6G), Internet of Things (IoT), quantum computing, synthetic biology, blockchain and big data.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be located in Australia and have a partner institution that is located in India for the purposes of the activity; or
  • be located in India and have a partner institution that is located in Australia for the purposes of the activity

and be one of the following entity types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia or India
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a think tank or research organisation
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Indian sub-national government body.

Joint applications involving more than one organisation are acceptable. 

Indian applicants should ensure they comply with the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) in relation to the project, including holding a FCRA certificate if applicable. Information supplied by applicants may be shared with Indian and Australia government agencies.

Eligible expenditure

Funding from AICCTP grants can be used to support:

  • Personnel - Eligible labour expenditure for the grant covers the direct labour costs of employees you directly employ on the core elements of the project.
  • Direct costs of the eligible grant activities.
  • Travel – Costs for domestic and/or international economy class airfares and modest accommodation and per diems that are essential for delivery of the project.
  • Equipment – DFAT will only fund ‘small equipment’ or software specific to the project proposal. ‘Small equipment’ is defined as equipment under a total of $10,000 that is used collaboratively and, where possible, is Australian made. Computing equipment or software should be specialised and required for the completion of the project.
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) – As a key component of the program, costs associated with MEL processes and activities to inform program reporting and learning should be identified separately within the indicative budget outline.
  • Administrative support.

All potential grant recipients should ensure they have thoroughly reviewed the AICCTP grant program guidelines prior to submitting a proposal.

Supporting Documentation