The Australia – India Energy Centre (AIEC) seeks partners

07 Jun 2022

The Australia – India Energy Centre (AIEC) is an energy focussed collaborative network seeking university, institutional and R&D partners from Australia.

The Australia-India Energy Centre is a virtual centre established as a consortium of Australian and Indian universities, research institutions and energy businesses. The aim of the Energy Centre is to promote transdisciplinary research, education, training, capacity building, and knowledge and technology transfer.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and Deakin University have each assigned a lead who will be responsible for co-ordinating and driving the engagement among partners and with external stakeholders, including government departments, funding agencies and individual researchers. All partners (including champions) will have an equal footing. Austrade will support the attachment of Government agencies and industry groups from both countries to the Centre.

Focus Areas:
The Australia-India Energy Centre will focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, including: renewable energy systems, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, smart grids, low cost solar, green hydrogen, digital technology for energy systems, energy efficiency, energy economics and clean energy finance.

Energy Centre partners will establish a working group to finalise focus areas, track progress, plan and align strategy. In line with their Centre coordinating roles, IITM will finalise Australian candidates, while Deakin University will finalise Indian candidates.

Australian providers, researchers and academics from India and Australia are invited to submit expressions of interest in joining the Centre’s working group

Evaluation criteria:
1.    A proven track record and capability in research, with a focus on clean energy. This may include third party-verified and vetted research or published papers in accredited academic journals.

2.    Experience in international collaboration on energy research, preferably with demonstrated application.

3.    A proven track record of government or third party receipt of research funding in a clean technology field.

4.    Australian providers with an in-house research facility, or Centre of Excellence in clean tech or an allied area, are also invited to express interest.

To express interest, please contact Austrade Business Development Manager Roshen Paul, in Bengaluru before 20 July 2022.



Australian education and training providers and researchers seeking to collaborate or partner with foreign entities are reminded they must comply with Australia’s laws and regulations concerning Defence Export Controls and Foreign Interference.  

Australian education and training providers and researchers in the university sector are further advised to become familiar with the Guidelines to Counter Foreign Interference in the Australian University Sector prior to collaborating or partnering with foreign entities.