UKRI and India: A decade of partnership grows to over £300 million
Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK today ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting showcases the strong, strategic UK-India partnership in research and innovation. A suite of new joint awards and initiatives was announced that show how collaborative UK and India efforts are driving shared prosperity, extending the frontiers of human knowledge and together delivering impact to address shared global development goals.
At the Commonwealth Science, Research and Innovation event, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah MP, applauded the growing science and research cooperation between the UKRI and India, which has risen impressively from less than £1 million to over £300 million since the UK research funders established a dedicated office in India (now UKRI India) in 2008. This partnership includes over 200 individual projects, involving over 175 different UK and Indian research institutions and more than 100 industry partners.
Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced a series of new joint UK-India research projects and initiatives aimed at delivering impact beyond the boundaries of the two countries.
Announcements for these new jointly funded initiatives under the Newton-Bhabha programme, include:
- Four new joint research projects worth over £10 million under the Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in India Programme (UK Research and Innovation in partnership with India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT))
- Five new projects over £1.75 million, with matched efforts from Indian Council of Social Science Research under the Urban Transformations in India Programme (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with ICSSR)
- Three new projects over £500, 000, with matched efforts from the Indian Historical Research Council under the Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India Programme (Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership ICHR)
- New projects worth over £14 million under the Biotechnological Solutions for Tackling Industrial Waste Programme (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), Innovate UK in partnership with DBT)
- New projects worth over £6 million under the Pulses and Oilseeds Research Initiatives (BBSRC in partnership with DBT)
Other joint initiatives announced include:
- Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate joint research and innovation in sustainable management of water resources in the Ganga (Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in partnership with India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation)
- In collaboration with the UK, a DBT initiated new programme, FarmerZone, will build on the joint smart agriculture conclave. FarmerZone will collect and integrate agri-data, from soil and seed to market, analyse it and feed decision-making options back to farmers. One crop in India is being initiated today with UK partners. As other crops follow, FarmerZone aims to form a global alliance of agriculture science and farming.
- India’s partnership on Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) - a multiple-country initiative in response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that seeks to place human-environment interactions at the heart of global sustainable development, which will launch its first research call shortly. (Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), ESRC, AHRC from the UK and Japan Science Technology agency (JST), Department of Science and Technology South Africa (DST), National Natural Science Foundation China (NSFC), in partnership now with DBT)
- UK-India joint advanced manufacturing centre, as part of a new UK-India Technology Partnership. Based on the recommendations made in the Innovate UK’s “India – UK Future of Manufacturing Report”, such a centre would support each nation’s Industrial Strategy and in turn drive growth and jobs in both countries.
Findings released today from a report commissioned by UKRI India, Together for Impact: A decade of UK-India partnership in research and innovation, show that:
- Nearly 90% of researchers evaluated the overall impact of the UK-India funding to be high or very high
- The research funding has resulted in an impressive volume of research output: Half of the Indian researchers and over a quarter of the UK researchers produced more than five research papers attributed directly to the UK-India grant
- In terms of impact on the economy or society, nearly three-quarters of the respondents identified their local communities as the key beneficiary and more than half attributed a global-level impact to the UK–India partnership. For example, the UK and India are working to deliver a second wave of new joint projects under the Global Research Programme on Health, with UK and Indian researchers working trilaterally with partners in low-income countries to look at chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children.
Sam Gyimah MP, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, said: “By combining our best minds, our brightest innovators and our most forward-thinking institutions we will strengthen the living and learning bridge between our two countries and achieve more together than we could alone.
“India is the world’s fastest growing major research power and the UK is one of the world’s top performing research nations. Together we will continue to build our unique relationship, ensuring that it is a partnership that brings benefits to countries across the world through world-class research that address shared goals.”
Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive UK Research and Innovation said: ‘The creation of UK Research and Innovation comes at an exciting time for both the UK and India. As the UK aims to raise total research and development investments to address global development challenges and new strategic priorities, so is India boosting investment in research and innovation, presenting a huge opportunity for collaboration in business-led innovation and high-quality research that changes lives.’
Daniel Shah, Director UK Research and Innovation India: ‘We will continue to celebrate the successes of the UK-India research and innovation partnership and we look forward to growing together as we embark on a new, even stronger, era of world-leading UK-India collaboration that benefits both our countries and has impact for global good.’
Geeny George Shaju
UK Research and Innovation India
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UK Research and Innovation India (formerly RCUK India), based at the British High Commission in New Delhi, plays a key role in enhancing the UK-India relationship in research and innovation. UKRI India enables a strong, strategic and mutually beneficial partnership with India, covering collaborative projects across an array of themes, including, energy, environment, food security, health, next generation IT networks, social sciences, and humanities.
Together for Impact: A decade of UK-India partnership in research and innovation (PDF, 1.6MB) – executive summary of the report commissioned by UKRI India
UK Research and Innovation operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
Newton Fund in India is known as the Newton-Bhabha Fund. The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support economic development and social welfare, and to develop research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment across all countries of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which include the UK Research Councils, the UK Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office & Newton Prize.
UK-India new joint projects and awards
Four new joint research projects under the Addressing the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance in India Programme led by UK Research and Innovation in partnership with India’s Department of Biotechnology are:
- Does AMR in livestock contribute to AMR in people in NE India? An interdisciplinary study - Prof Mark Holmes, University of Cambridge and Prof B R Shome, India’s National Institute of Animal Biotechnology
- Smart regulation of antibiotic use in India: Understanding, innovating and improving compliance -Prof Gerard Porter, University of Edinburgh and Dr Anita Kotwani, University of Delhi
- DOSA - Diagnostics for One Health and User Driven Solutions for AMR - Prof Till Bachmann, University of Edinburgh and Prof Ravikrishnan Elangovan, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Chicken or Egg: Drivers for Antimicrobial Resistance in Poultry in India (DARPI) - Dr Nicola Williams, University of Liverpool and Prof Nagendra Hegde, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology.
Five new projects under the Urban Transformations in India Programme led by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research are:
- Learning from small cities: Governing imagined futures and the dynamics of change in India's smart urban age – Dr Ayona Datta, King’s College London and Prof Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth
- From the margins: Exploring Low-income Migrant Workers' Access to Basic Services and Protection in the context of India's Urban Transformation – Dr Jeevan Sharma, University of Edinburgh and Dr Radhika Chopra, University of Delhi
- UNDERstanding Indian Urban Governance REFORM: A comparative analysis of the Smart City Mission reforms and their impact on sustainable urban mobility – Prof Greg Marsden, University of Leeds and Prof Sanjay Gupta, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
- Rurality as a vehicle for Urban Sanitation Transformation (RUST) – Dr Paul Hutchings, Cranfield University and Dr Prajna Paramita Mishra, University of Hyderabad
- Ageing Well in Urban Environments: Developing Age Friendly Cities and Communities – Dr Ryan Woolrych, Heriot-Watt University and Profe D. Jamuna, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
Three new projects under the Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India Programme led by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Indian Council of Historical Research include:
- IT Indian Heritage Platform: Enhancing Cultural Resilience in India by Applying Digital Technologies to the Indian Tangible and Intangible Heritage - Dr. Chika Udeaja, University of Salford and Dr. Dilip Kumar Arvindkumar Patel, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute Technology, Surat
- The Hugli River of Cultures Pilot Project, from Bandel to Barrackpore - Dr. Ian Magedera, University of Liverpool and Dr. Jenia Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- Tamil Temple Towns: Conservation and Contestation - Prof Adam Hardy, Cardiff University and Prof Ajay Khare, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
New projects under the Biotechnological Solutions for Tackling Industrial Waste Programme led by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK in partnership with Department of Biotechnology, facilitate academic and industrial collaborative projects that help address industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in across some large industrial sectors in India.
New projects under the Pulses and Oilseeds Research Initiatives led by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in partnership with Department of Biotechnology, will fund high quality three-year projects aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses or oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. These projects will aim at using genomic approaches to accelerate varietal improvement by understanding and exploiting traits to enhance yield potential, increase tolerance to climatic stresses or poor-quality soils, or counter pests or diseases. And support the development and exploitation of new genomic and associated bioinformatic resources, but existing resources should also be used where relevant, particularly for comparative studies.
Building upon the Thames-Ganga Partnership for healthy river systems; a Memorandum of Understanding between Natural Environment Research Council in partnership with India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has been agreed. Both partners recognise that sharing mutual strategic priorities in Ganga Rejuvenation can enhance the mutual collaboration, knowledge sharing and the capacity to address environmental challenges. This MoU will facilitate cooperation and coordination in joint research and innovation programme in sustainable management of water resources in the Ganga.
In collaboration with the UK, DBT initiated a new programme, FarmerZone, building on the joint smart agriculture conclave. FarmerZone will collect and integrate agri-data, from soil and seed to market, analyse it and feed decision-making options back to farmers. One crop in India is being initiated today with UK partners. As other crops follow, FarmerZone aims to form a global alliance of agriculture science and farming.
In October 2017, Innovate UK published The India-UK Future of Manufacturing Report, revealing the opportunities for manufacturing collaboration between India and the UK. Suggests steps for further collaboration are outlined, including exploring the possibility of a joint centre. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-india-uk-future-manufacturing-report
The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, is India’s nodal organisation for promoting bioscience research and development in the country. It is mandated to promote large scale use of biotechnology, support R&D and manufacturing in biology, support autonomous institutions, promote University and industry interaction, identify and set up Centres of Excellence for R&D, integrated programme for human resource development, serve as nodal point for specific international collaborations, establishment of Infrastructure Facilities to support R&D and production, evolve Bio Safety Guidelines, manufacture and application of cell-based vaccines, serve as nodal point for the collection and dissemination of information relating to biotechnology.
Indian Council of Social Science Research promote research in the field of social sciences and advise the Government of India on all matters pertaining to social science research or as may be referred to it from time to time; and take such measures generally as may be necessary to promote social science research and its utilization. Established in 1969 as an autonomous body under Government of India. ICSSR support a network of 29 research institutes, of which 24 are directly funded by ICSSR and 5 are recognized by it.
Indian Council of Historical Research is an autonomous organization which was established under Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860) in 1972. The objectives of the Indian Council of Historical Research is to bring historians together and provide a forum for exchange of views between them; to give a national direction to an objective and scientific writing of history and to have rational presentation and interpretation of history; to promote, accelerate and coordinate research in history with special emphasis on areas which have not received adequate attention so far; to promote and coordinated a balanced distribution of research effort over different areas and to elicit support and recognition for historical research from all concerned and ensure the necessary dissemination and use of results.
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