The Science Bridge concept is simple but powerful. Encouraging research which embraces both strong international collaboration and close links with the business world, RCUK and India’s Department for Science and Technology (DST) introduced their Science Bridge awards to support projects with the potential to deliver tangible economic and environmental benefits that literally bridge continents.
The UK’s Science and Innovation Network facilitated initial discussions between RCUK and DST, which eventually led to these awards. India is one of three countries targeted by the RCUK initiative (the others are China and the US), with UK universities currently involved alongside a range of Indian partners in three projects. Each of these projects is underpinned by a far-reaching exchange of expertise and experience between the collaborators involved.
Individually and collectively, the initiatives target key challenges facing both the developed and the developing world. Specifically, they aim to produce effective, practical solutions in three high-priority fields: sustainable energy, food security and healthcare. Involving UK institutions with existing research links with India, these Science Bridge awards are already proving their value – not only by deepening ties between the two countries but also by accelerating the application of new research insights and stimulating wealth creation through their transfer to high-tech businesses and other potential users that have the proven ability to ‘make it happen’.