Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today announced that nine projects have been awarded $2.7 million from Round 4 of the Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund, which is a component of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).
The two projects include:
"Enabling new science with the Murchison Widefield Array, an international low frequency pathfinder for the Square Kilometre Array", which is a cooperation between the Curtin University of Technology and the Raman Research Institute - which was awarded $380,000
"From the magellanic clouds to the Milky Way: A new understanding of galaxy structure and interactions based on kinematics of 5000 stars", which is a cooperation between the University of Tasmania and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics - which was awarded $260,000.
It is interesting to see Australia engaging in some cooperative projects with China and India that are related to the Square Kilometre Array - perhaps enhancing the political support of the ANZ SKA bid.
Another win for the Space and Astronomy community in Australia!