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DFAT – Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) – Grants Round 4

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DFAT – Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) – Grants Round 4


Applications are open for round 4 of the AICCTP program, closing 24 May 2024.

$150,000 – $250,000 over up to 2 years is available for collaborative activities between Australian and Indian entities on cyber and critical technology which will help shape a global technology environment that meets our shared vision of an open, inclusive, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific, where the rules-based international order is upheld.


Focus Areas

  1. Initiatives that develop standards and ethical frameworks to address risks to international peace and stability arising from critical technology design, development and use.
  2. Activities that promote diversity and inclusivity in the design, development and implementation of critical technology standards and ethical frameworks.
  3. Activities that examine best practice in translating critical technology ethical frameworks and principles into policies and practical action.
  4. Initiatives that explore how critical technology standards, ethical frameworks and principles can facilitate bilateral and regional trade (including digital trade) and economic opportunities in critical technologies.


Emerging and critical technologies include (but are not limited to): advanced manufacturing and materials technologies (including semiconductors); artificial intelligence technologies; advanced information and communications technologies (such as 5G & 6G); quantum technologies; blockchain; autonomous systems, robotics, positioning, timing and sensing; biotechnologies, such as synthetic biology; clean energy generation and storage technologies, and digital public goods (such as digital identity and digital payments systems).

Eligible activities for funding include:

  • joint research projects
  • industry specific user guides, advisories, standards etc
  • traditional research outputs of books, chapters, journal articles and conference publications
  • technical training, conferences, workshops, seminars, and events
  • mentoring and support in developing critical technology governance frameworks
  • new research-related information sharing and communication initiatives
  • exchanges and secondments of personnel between Australia and India
  • collaboration mechanisms across industries or levels of government
  • other critical technology-related best practices and innovative solutions.


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AICCTP Guidelines: aicctp-grant-round-4-guidelines


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