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Pre-announcement: First joint research call on 'Sustainability, Equity, Wellbeing and Cultural Connections'


The Indo-European joint call for research on Sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections’ will be launched at an event in Brussels on the 24-25 April 2017. The event will bring together research funders, academia and policy makers from India and European partner countries, to mark the success of the EU-India Social Sciences and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) and this new joint initiative.

This will be the first investment of its kind between Indian funding partners and a number of European countries. With a total funding of €5.5 million, it is expected that six projects will be funded with a start date of 2019.  Researchers from India, Finland, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom are invited to apply.  Further European countries may also be announced shortly. 

Research proposals should focus on societal challenges facing both India and the respective European countries, with suggested themes including, but not limited to;

  • Sustainability
  • Equity
  • Well-being
  • Cultural connections

EqUIP was a three year programme funded under the Social Sciences and Humanities programme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, and was launched in 2014.  On the Indian side was led by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), for the European partner countries. EqUIP aimed at strengthening the partnership and knowledge sharing between European countries and India in the vital area of social science, arts and humanities.

ICSSR hosted an EqUIP event ‘Collaborative Research with Impact’ in partnership with ESRC and RCUK India, in March 2017 in New Delhi. Speaking at the event Prof Virendra Malhotra, Member Secretary ICSSR was delighted to announce ICSSR’s intention to fund the research programme, fortifying the Indo-Europe research collaboration.

Complete information on the call specification, dates and other information will soon be available on ESRC and EqUIP web site

For more details on this pre-announcement available here.

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Further information


Geeny George Shaju, Communications Manager, RCUK India
Tel: 011-2419 2637 or email Geeny George Shaju

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