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31/5/23 Outcomes issued. Please email if you did not receive a notification of your result.


The Australia India 'Unnati' Research Collaboration Grants (Unnati Research Collaboration Grants) will boost and deepen research collaboration between Australia and IndiaThe Grants are anchored on the principle of unnati, striving to advance the impact and outcomes of research collaborations.

Grants to the value of $30,000 will be awarded to Australian researchers working in four priority research fields who meet the eligibility criteria. Up to three grants are available for each research field with a total of 12 grants available. Grant activities must be completed by 8 December 2023.

Preference will be given to applications that extend or enhance existing research collaboration activities. Consideration will be given to applications requesting seed funding to facilitate new research collaboration opportunities between Australia and India.

The grants are administered by the Australia India Institute and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education. Applications close 15 May 2023. 

The Hon Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute, encourages Australian researchers to apply for the Unnati Grants. 

Grant aims

The Unnati Research Collaboration Grants aims to: 

Grant aims

Priority research fields

Your Unnati Grant project must be in a priority research field. These are:

  • Food, soil and water security
  • The future of healthcare
  • Environmental change and energy frontiers; and
  • Digital humanities and intelligent futures.


Three grants to the value of $30,000 each will be awarded for each research field. This amount is inclusive of any GST payable and indirect costs associated with grant administration by the home institution.

A total of 12 grants are available across the four research fields.

Are you eligible to apply?

Grant activity 

Grantees will complete all activities within the grant period from 8 June to 8 December 2023.

Key dates

Applications open 17 April 2023 
Applications close 17:00 AEST, 15 May 2023 
Notification of outcomes 31 May 2023
Submit grant agreement documents 8 June 2023
Progress Report and Expenditure Statement due  8 September 2023 
Completion of grant activity 8 December 2023 
Final Activity Report and Expenditure Statement due 15 December 2023
Return of unexpended grant funds  By 15 December 2023 

Grant documents

The Guidelines can be viewed here.

The Terms and Conditions can be viewed here.

Information Session

Interested in applying for a Unnati Research Collaboration Grant? Watch this Information Session, held on 27 April 2023, to gain insights about the funding opportunity, including eligibility requirements and the application process. 

Applications closed 15 May 2023.

Frequently asked questions

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If you have any questions about the Unnati Grants and application process, please email