India and UK announced Newton-Bhabha Fund to scale up bilateral research & innovation relationship

Nov 13, 2014 14:23 IST

India and United Kingdom (UK) on 12 November 2014 announced Newton-Bhabha Fund to scale up their bilateral research & innovation relationship to a greater level. It was announced by Union Minister of Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan and Minister for Universities, Science and Cities of UK, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP during fourth UK-India Science and Innovation Council (SIC).

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

Newton-Bhabha programmes include

British Council India and the Department of Science and Technology, India joint PhD student mobility programme
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.
It will sponsor UK and Indian PhD students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in premier Indian and UK higher education institutions starting from March 2015.

•A joint initiative by Medical Research Council (MRC) of UK and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for new research projects in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.  UK will provide up to 2 million pounds and ICMR will fund the Indian component.

Global Research Programme in Women’s and Children’s Health
This program is jointly funded by Medical Research Council (MRC), Department of International Development (DFID), UK and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of India. The fund is up to 10 million pounds.

•Centre Partnerships in Cancer Biology, Translational Regenerative Medicines in Neuroscience and Antimicrobial Resistance
It is funded jointly up to 7 million pounds by Medical Research Council (MRC) of UK and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of India.

•Centres for research in Renewable Energy
The centres are jointly co-funded by RCUK Energy programme and Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India.

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

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