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UK-India Funding opportunities

RCUK Office in India logoCurrent opportunities for those interested in UK/ India Collaborations are below. Please follow the links for further information. Information on previous opportunities can be found here.

Global Research Programme; addressing the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India, in collaboration with Department of International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are delighted to announce a new funding opportunity from the Global Research Programme to address the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally.

For the second activity under this programme the joint funders are calling for research that will impact the ability to prevent, diagnose and manage prevalent chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children in low- and middle-income (LMIC) settings.

There are four priority areas as the focus of this call:

  1. Anaemia (including Iron, Folate and B12 deficiency related conditions)
  2. Sexually transmitted diseases
  3. Gestational diabetes mellitus and
  4. Hypertensive disorders

This initial stage for concept proposals is now open and will close on the 12th April 2016 16:00 GMT

More details on this call is available here.

India-UK Water Quality Research Programme

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in partnership with India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) invite joint proposals to a new 3-year research programme to improve water quality by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels.

Research applications are invited to focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Improving our ability to determine the presence of pollutants in water courses
  • Understanding of the transport, transformation, interactions and fate of pollutants, including both established and emerging contaminants
  • Developing novel approaches to reduce or prevent pollution at source

The scope of this call reflects the outcomes of the UK-India Water Quality scoping meeting held in New Delhi in November 2016 in partnership with RCUK India, bring together the funders and the academic communities from the UK and India.

The UK component of the programme has a budget of £4.2 million, with matched research effort by DST. 

  • Closing date (Notification of Intent): 16:00 BST (20:30 IST) on 30 March 2017
  • Closing date (Full Proposals): 16:00 BST (20:30 IST) on 26 April 2017

More details on the call is available here.

Global Challenges Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through: 

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

GCRF is administered through delivery partners including the Research Councils and national academies. It forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and will be awarded in a manner that fits with Official ODA guidelines.

Information on current Research Council opportunities under the GCRF fund can be found here.

Please direct all enquires about the GCRF fund to

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund is a new initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. Research Councils UK is one of several UK delivery partners for the Newton Fund and will be working strategically with partner countries to develop a series of research activities to address challenges defined by the overarching ambitions of the Fund.

The UK and India are collaborating on a number of research calls under the Newton Fund. Details of all Research Council opportunities under the Newton Fund can be found here.

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