Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Australian Alumni Grant Scheme

AAGS 2020: Round 1 (Pilot) Winners

In February 2020, Australian diplomatic missions in India opened the inaugural round of the Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) to provide seed funding to support alumni-led initiatives that create impact across the 10 sectors of the India Economic Strategy. The projects are intended to strengthen ties between both nations, support alumni in their professional endeavours and improve ‘Australia literacy’ in India.

We received 75 high-quality applications from our alumni across India, covering areas as diverse as cybersecurity, agritech, medtech, clean energy, education, science, research and innovation.  After completing a competitive and merit-based assessment by the AAGS Selection Committee, the Australian Government is proud to announce the funding of eight projects totalling AU$100,000.

We thank all alumni for taking the time to apply for the AAGS, and wish our winners every success. Future rounds will be announced by December each year. AAGS guidelines are available here.

For further information on the AAGS, or information on how Australian alumni can work with Australian diplomatic missions, please contact the mission closest to you: New Delhi; Chennai; Mumbai; Kolkata.

Mr Ayush Trivedi

Co-Founder/Director, Audacix

Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance/Bachelor of Computing, Computer Software Engineering, Monash University

Masters of Business Administration, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

Project

Cyber Security Made Easy

Description:

This project aims to develop a simple, user-friendly cybersecurity software (toolset) that can help IT teams pinpoint security vulnerabilities within their application environment. It will service developers with no or limited cyber security training. The company Audacix (based in Bengaluru and Melbourne) will focus funding on software development, outreach to prospective users and training of their teams. If successful in India and Australia, this tool could have global applications.

Grant Funding

AU$ 15,000

Third-party Funding

AU$ 40,000

 

Dr Madan Lal Verma

Professor Indian Institute of Information Technology, UNA, Himachal Pradesh

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Biotechnology), Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology, Deakin University

Project

Ester Biosynthesis

Description:

This project focuses research on biotech and nanotechnology approaches for enhancing the efficiency of various bioprocesses that have applications in food, pharmaceutical, bioenergy and health sectors. It aims to develop more-cost effective high-grade esters, which are vital components in the food and biotechnology industries. The project involves collaboration between the Australian Catholic University and Indian Institute of Information Technology Himachal Pradesh.

Grant Funding

AU$ 15,000

Third-party Funding

AU$ 10,000

 

Dr Akshay Kudpaje

Senior Surgical Oncologist/Program Director, Head & Neck Cancers, HCG Oncology

Clinical Fellow - Head and Neck, Westmead and Auburn hospitals, Sydney 

Visiting Medical Officer (Head & Neck Surgery), Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital

Member of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) 

Project

COVID-19 Clinical Trial

Description:

This project aims to test a COVID-19 treatment - cytokine medicated anti COVID-19 therapy, which uses (cured) human donor blood.  These cytokines are powerful immune proteins, which are released by our immune system against viruses. This team of doctors, biologists and immunologists work in consultation with doctors at Westmead Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital and University of Sydney. They have already published the initial positive results from animal studies in international journals. This clinical trial has been approved by the Consultative group on COVID-19 management in Karnataka, India.

Grant Funding

AU$ 10,000

 

Mr Kanishk Kumar

Advisor, inQ Innovation Global

Master of Business Administration, University of Newcastle

Project

[email protected]: Market Access Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Description:

This project aims to support up to 60 women entrepreneurs improve their market readiness and connect with start-up ecosystems in India and Australia. Formal training and mentorship will be provided over a 12 month period. InQ Innovation is a proven Global Start-up Ecosystem catalyst that already works with local governments to help start-ups with ideas and mature products to scale and be enterprise ready.

Grant Funding

AU$ 13,000

 

Dr Deepa K Dumbre

PhD Scholar, Chemical Engineering and Process Development, National Chemical Laboratories, Pune.

2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Project

Clean, Green, Catalytic Energy

Description:

The project is joint research partnership between National Chemical Laboratory, Pune and RMIT, Australia. It aims to investigate and develop integrated green technologies for hydrogen production, to generate sustainable fuel and energy on demand. The team will test a portable chemical prototype using only natural gas to produce hydrogen. If successful, it will provide energy that is good for the planet, for business and the consumer.

Grant Funding

AU$ 13,000

 

Ms Disha Bole

Chief Executive Officer, Oak Tree India

Master of Information Technology/Master of Accounting/Master of Communication (Public Relations), Bond University

Project

Sports Scene App

Description:

This project will build an app that will connect players to sports and sports to players. To begin this network will allow young cricketers to connect with each other professionally & create opportunities to play the game and supplement their disposable incomes. Players and teams will also be guided to tutorials and lessons available online from Australian sources that focus on cricket coaching, skill development, sports nutrition and recovery, firmly placing Australian Excellence as an integral part of the Product.

Grant Funding

AU$ 13,000

Third-party Funding

AU$ 85,000

 

 

Ms Ritu David

Founder, The Data Duck

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), University of Melbourne

Actuarial Fellowship (Actuarial Sciences), Australian Institute of Actuaries

Project

Alumbloom – App connecting Australian Alumni to industry, government and community

Description:

This project aims to develop an App to service the Australian alumni community. It would enable detailed member profiles and advanced member search to enable alumni to network across geographies, disciplines and professions, and create opportunities for personal and professional collaborations including mentorship, jobs and sharing of best practice. It would offer end to end encrypted individual and group text chat capabilities. The App will also have a jobs and mentoring space, newsletter, events portal, and a photo and video gallery.

Grant Funding

AU$ 13,000

Third-party Funding

AU$ 47,000

 

Mr Manuraj Shanmugasundaram

Steering Committee Member School of Governance and Chair, Australia-India Youth Dialogue

Master of Philosophy (Physics), Australian National University

Project

Executive Education Program for Aspiring Leaders

Description:

This project intends to run two online education programs via the School of Policy and Governance, in Emerging Security Challenges in South Asia, and Health Policy in India. Both programs involve Australian developed content and experts from University of New South Wales and The George Institute. The online modules will seek to enable leaders with public policy tools to help them make better decisions in the areas of Security and Health Policy. The project offers free or paid places for up to 100 Australian alumni/young professionals for the full course, and reach up to 150,000 professionals by sharing specific training materials.

Grant Funding

AU$ 8,000