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Engaging with India

RCUK Office in India logoIndia is the most populous liberal democracy and the second fastest growing economy in the world. RCUK India works towards a clear goal to be India’s partner of choice in science, research and technology by developing a sustainable and strategic collaboration focused on jointly agreed priorities.

Since its launch in 2008, RCUK India has facilitated more than over £150 million investments in joint research programmes between RCUK, the Government of India and third parties. This partnership supports research across a range of subjects, such as energy security, arts and humanities, social sciences, water and climate change, food and agriculture and chronic disease.

RCUK’s strategy for engaging with India is built around four pillars:

Influence: Increase RCUK influence in UK-India international research strategy and policy development

Excellence: Provide opportunities to enable excellent researchers to flourish through UK and Indian research collaborations

Impact: Enhance the value and impact of joint research through UK-India international collaboration

Responsibility: Show RCUK’s commitment to key global responsibilities in a world where challenges cross national boundaries

The complete strategy document on engaging with India is available here.

UK-India Task Force

The UK-India Task Force was set up in November 2013, to identify potential ‘Grand Challenges’ that reflect the UK and India’s shared priorities that can be taken forward through existing UK-India collaboration mechanisms as well as through the UK’s Newton Fund programme.

The Task Force held its first meeting in February 2014 to identify Grand Challenges, around which a more strategic and impact driven partnership for research and innovation will be built. Subsequently the Task Force held its second meeting in July 2014, to begin the process of agreeing a detailed strategy of UK-India collaborative work. 

These are Grand Challenges are:

  • Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation
  • Public Health and Well Being
  • Energy-Water-Food Nexus

The following two underpinning capabilities:

  • High Value Manufacturing 
  • Big Data
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