A new collaborative industrial R&D programme between the British and Indian governments looks to aid projects tackling grand societal challenges with a route to future commercial success.
The programme will provide grant funding to help participants build sustainable research partnerships between UK and Indian companies, and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes.
UK designers and engineers with projects in clean-tech energy, affordable healthcare, advanced manufacturing, or the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of those, are now eligible to sign up for the scheme, which can offer up to 50 per cent of the project funding.
The programme is jointly delivered by the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA), on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and by Innovate UK in the UK.
The programme is open to Indian and UK-based businesses of all sizes and research or academic organisations working in collaboration with business partners.
The minimum collaboration desired is one business from India working in collaboration with one business from the UK. The joint project has to be led by businesses, with a lead business partner from India and the UK.
Applications invited are for collaborative industrial R&D projects, taking up to two years in duration, with the aim of future commercialisation, and need to have registered their intention to submit an application by 8 April 2015.