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Grant aims

The Australia India 'Unnati' Research Collaboration Grants (Unnati Research Collaboration Grants), completed in 2023, boosted and deepened research collaboration between Australia and India. The Grants are anchored on the principle of unnati, striving to advance the impact and outcomes of research collaborations.

Twelve Australian researchers across nine universities were awarded grants of up to $30,000. They were supported by Indian partners from more than 20 higher education institutions, research centres and industry.

The grants were awarded across four priority areas of mutual importance between Australia and India: food and water security, the future of healthcare, environmental change and energy frontiers, and digital humanities and intelligent futures.

The funding was used to progress existing research collaborations and support new partnerships across a range of impactful topics. You can find a full list of recipients below. 

The grants were administered by the Australia India Institute and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education. 

Unnati Grants case studies

Explore the outcomes of the Unnati Grant projects:

Heat stress experiences in highly vulnerable populationsThis collaborative study examined the silent danger of heatwaves on vulnerable populations in Perth and Delhi.

Climate adaptation, food and water security in the Indian SundarbansResearchers from India and Australia addressed food and water security challenges through collaboration and inclusive solutions.

Digital Shillong: Mapping, visualising, and interpreting urban historical dataThis project documented Shillong’s rich history and heritage through digital innovation.

Building clinical trial capacity in India through the RESPOND TrialThis collaborative project strengthened clinical trial capability in India for the benefit of critically-ill children.

2023 Unnati Grant recipients