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UK-India research gets bigger and better, with joint investment at more than £200 million


The value of investment in UK-India research from the UK Research Councils, the Government of India, and third parties now exceeds £200 million, following a joint £72 million boost to the portfolio during 2015.

As the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the UK for the first time this week, a number of bilateral programmes have been agreed to strengthen the growing research and innovation partnership between the two countries, benefiting both nations by addressing grand societal challenges – such as food, energy and water security; health and well-being; smart cities and rapid urbanisation – and increasing access to expertise, resources and facilities.

Details of a number of funded projects for UK-India research programmes have been announced today (Friday 13 November), which are funded in part through the Newton Fund. The Newton-Bhabha Fund enables the Research Councils to develop a sustainable long-term partnership with India.

The UK’s Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson MP, said: “The research partnership between the UK and India has gone from strength to strength in recent years as we have worked together to address some of the world’s major challenges. From securing a sustainable water supply to providing clean energy, this research is advancing scientific capabilities in both countries and helping to improve the lives of millions around the world.”

The Indian Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y S Chowdary, said: “The UK and India science and research collaboration has steadily increased, with the best of the research communities and facilities strengthening their cooperation. This strong UK-India research relationship helps address contemporary issues of both nations and the world at large from multiple perspectives.”

Other UK-India partnerships currently in progress include:

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Notes to editors

  1. Other UK-India initiatives include: joint virtual centres in Water Security and Agricultural Nitrogen; joint research and innovation programmes on Urbanisation and Heritage, and Aquaculture; Memorandum of Understanding between STFC and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). 
  2. These programmes are funded in part through the Newton Fund - a £375 million fund (£75 million a year for five years) which is overseen by the Department for Businesses Innovation and Skills (BIS), and delivered through 15 delivery partners in collaboration with 15 partnering countries. For more information visit:
  3. Research Councils UK (RCUK) India, launched in 2008, brings together the best researchers in the UK and India through high-quality, high-impact research partnerships. RCUK India, based at the British High Commission in New Delhi, has facilitated co-funded initiatives between the UK, India and third parties exceeding £200 million. The research collaborations are often closely linked with UK and Indian industry partners, with more than 90 partners involved in the research. RCUK India is actively involved in co-funded research activities with seven major Indian research funders on a wide array of research themes addressing global challenges.
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