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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

2020 Australia-India Council Grant Round

Submissions closed at 2:00PM 18 January 2021 (AEDT).


Following the postponement of the grant round earlier in 2020 due to COVID-19, it will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 30 November 2020 (Canberra time).

You should note that both the Guidelines and the Application Form have been changed since the round was closed in April.  You are strongly advised to review both the guidelines and the form before submitting your application. 

The round will close at 14:00 on Monday 18 January 2021 (Canberra time).  If you are applying as a University, you need to ensure you receive your Letter of Support before universities close for the summer holidays.


IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to help you complete your application online.



Welcome to the AIC 2020 Grant Round online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us via email at and quote your submission number.

Click here to view the guidelines:  AIC 2020 Grant Round Guidelines [pdf]

If you need more technical help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out the Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box which links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download PDF' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top or bottom of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed and there are no validation errors.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email, you should assume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

Hint: also check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.


You may need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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