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India & UK Agree to Scale-up Bilateral Research and Innovation Relationship; Newton-Bhabha Fund will be Created
Dec 25, 2014

India and United Kingdom have agreed to scale up their bilateral research & innovation relationship to a greater level. In a meeting held in New Delhi recently it was decided that a new Newton-Bhabha Fund will be created to boost the relations.

This was the  4th UK-India Science and Innovation Council (SIC) meeting in which both the countries applauded the significant role that the UK-India research and innovation partnership has played in bringing together the best researchers in both countries. Both the countries are actively cooperating to address the global challenges through the application of science and technology.

The UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has been successful in building new scientific partnerships through joint research projects and networking. It was agreed in principle to augment and continue UKIERI Phase III.

The Newton-Bhabha Fund (£50 million over 5 years from the UK and matched efforts from India) is an important programme, with a strong interdisciplinary dimension that will further strategise the science, research and innovation cooperation between the UK and India.

A series of new Newton-Bhabha programmes including:

  • British Council India and the Department of Science and Technology, India joint Ph.D. student mobility programme.  This will sponsor UK and Indian Ph.D. students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in premier Indian and UK higher education institutions starting from March 2015. The aim of the programme is to pave the way for the next generation of researchers in the UK and India to interact with each other and build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.

  • The UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) joint initiative for new research projects in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Up to £2 million is available from the UK and ICMR will fund the Indian component

  • Up to £10 million for joint Global Research Programme in Women’s and Children’s Health funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC), Department of International Development (DFID) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

  • Up to £7 million for Joint Centre Partnerships in Cancer Biology, Translational Regenerative Medicines in Neuroscience and Antimicrobial Resistance, funded by UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

  • Joint UK-India centre(s) for research in Renewable Energy co-funded by RCUK (Research Councils UK) Energy programme and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST)

  • Innovate UK and the Department of Science & Technology, India joint programme to support business-led research and development aimed at tackling big societal challenges.


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