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Quantum Computing One of Technologies Eligible for Grants via Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership

By IQT News posted 19 Jan 2021

(India.HighCommission.gov) The $12.7 million Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) contributes to Australian Government priorities to promote a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
The Partnership’s 2020 grant program (Grant Round 1) will consider 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 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.
For any single grant proposal, the minimum is $150,000 per year and the maximum amount is $500,000 per year. Multiyear grants will be considered up to a maximum of $500,000 per year for up to two years from 2020-21 to 2021‑22. Grant funding for activities in 2021-22 will be contingent on funding becoming available to DFAT under the AICCPT.
Grant Round 1 will prioritize emerging and critical technology-related proposals that are due February 5, 2021 that focus on the following areas:
1. Activities that facilitate Australia-India research partnerships, in particular involving academics and think tanks, to strengthen understanding of ethical frameworks for emerging and critical technologies, and the development of best practice on translating ethical frameworks (including existing global frameworks like the G20 AI Principles) into practical action;
2. Initiatives that encourage the development of technical critical technology standards that advance Australia and India’s interests, and enable more meaningful engagement in international standards discussions; and
3. Research on the trends shaping the global and technology marketplace or that assesses the opportunities and effectiveness of ethical frameworks or technical standards for emerging and critical technologies.

To be eligible applicants 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

Grant Guidelines with complete details are available here.

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