India’s Department of Biotechnology, Wellcome Trust of UK complete 10 year of partnership
The partnership was announced in 2008. The aim of setting up the fellowship jointly with Wellcome Trust was to create a system comparable to the best in the world, taking India on the path of becoming a leader in key areas of life sciences and biomedical research.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and the Wellcome Trust (WT) of the United Kingdom on November 12, 2018 celebrated 10 years of their joint partnership at an event in New Delhi.
The DBT and Wellcome Trust jointly support a three-tier fellowship programme on biomedical research at post-doctoral level.
Four frontlines in the battle to safeguard planet
While speaking on the occasion of 10 years of their joint partnership, President Ram Nath Kovind suggested four frontlines in the battle to safeguard planet, species and future.
The first is the environment; second frontline is that of lifestyle diseases; third frontline is infectious disease; and the final frontline is diseases of the brain.
Department of Biotechnology - Wellcome Trust partnership
• The partnership was announced in 2008. The aim of setting up the fellowship jointly with Wellcome Trust was to create a system comparable to the best in the world, taking India on the path of becoming a leader in key areas of life sciences and biomedical research.
• The partnership in its next phase will look to set up mechanisms to strengthen veterinary research, develop mechanisms to engage with Universities around the country to equip researchers to apply and receive competitive funding for their research.
• The current programme is being delivered by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), a public trust registered as the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance.
• The Trust receives equal contribution from both DBT and WT for the running the fellowship grant scheme.
• The joint commitment of DBT and WT has been up to 16 million pounds each year (8 million pounds each), amounting to a total of 160 million pounds (Rs 1296 crore) over a 10-year period.
• Fellowships are available across the full spectrum of biomedical research (human and veterinary) - from fundamental molecular and cellular studies to clinical and public health research.
• Research projects can be based in the laboratory, the clinic or the field and may involve experimental, theoretical approaches as well as translational approaches
• In the past 10 years, the alliance has awarded 320 fellowships to researchers in 93 institutions across 34 Indian cities.
• More than 900 PhDs, postdoctoral scientists, undergraduates and research technicians have been trained in the laboratories of India Alliance Fellows.
• Nearly 2500 researchers were trained in Science Communication workshops.
• Established in 1936 with an endowment of around 15 billion pounds, Wellcome Trust is the largest non-governmental source of funds for biomedical research in the United Kingdom.
• It is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health.
• Its funding supports over 14000 people in more than 70 countries.
• The trust aims to spend up to 5 billion pounds in the next five years helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.