English-and-Indian-people-in-boardroomHelping businesses and researchers collaborate in the fields of ICT, healthcare and clean-tech

Against the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to the UK which began yesterday, comes the announcement that Innovate UK and the Government of India are to invest up to £3.4m in collaborative projects between businesses and researchers from the two countries.

The funding opportunity

The funds will be allocated via a competition, to exciting projects that solve critical challenges in the areas of clean technology, affordable healthcare and ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) technologies. These solutions can take the form of innovative products, processes or services which offer commercial opportunity in the principal market of India.

Tackling these challenges with stakeholders from different disciplines, sectors, and even different nations, requires a joined-up approach to research and innovation. The main purpose of the competition is to bring together companies (both SMEs and larger businesses), research organisations and academics from India and the UK to participate in high-quality collaboration to promote economic growth.

The UK Investment has been made possible through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Newton Fund; this was established in 2014 to strengthen science and innovation partnerships between the UK and 16 countries around the world, in order to enhance the economic development and welfare of partner countries.

NCUB CEO, David Docherty said:
“This is a great opportunity for UK businesses to participate in creating some of the most inventive global solutions for a fast growing economy. The value of talented people engaged in cross-cultural collaboration is the way forward to open up new markets.”

The competition

  • To gain participation in the competition, projects must be collaborative, involving both UK and Indian participants with both a UK lead partner and an Indian lead partner
  • The UK lead partner must be a business but other businesses or research organisations can collaborate as partners in the consortium
  • The lead partner in India must be a business; academic institutions, research hospitals, other R&D institutes that are headquartered and operate in India are encouraged to participate as co-investigators/partners
  • Total UK project costs are expected to range in size from £350,000 to £450,000
  • Projects are expected to last for up to 24 months
  • The UK lead partner must submit an application on behalf of the entire consortium to Innovate UK
  • The Indian lead partner must submit an identical application, again on behalf of all participants, to the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)
  • The deadline for applications is at noon UK time on 20 April 2016. UK applicants must register by noon on 13 April 2016, one week before the application deadline
  • A briefing webinar for potential applicants will be held on 17 November 2015, which will cover the UK part of the application process.

More information

More about the collaborative industrial R&D competition
UK India Business Council webinar on bridging the cross-cultural gap