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Bioscience benefits from ministerial announcement on UK-India collaboration

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Today Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has announced a series of joint UK/India research initiatives worth up to £80M.

This includes:

  • A £16M programme to support commercially focused research and development partnerships that bring innovative biotechnologies to market for cleaning, processing and using industrial waste streams. This is part of Newton-Bhabha and led by Innovate UK, the Research Councils UK (BBSRC/EPSRC) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
  • A £13M UK-India research programme will strengthen the global fight against anti-microbial resistance (AMR). The UK and Indian science ministers will announced the investment when they open the inaugural meeting of the Research Councils UK-India Strategic Group on AMR, in New Delhi tomorrow (Nov 9)

RCUK and Innovate UK are also announcing seven awards for the research and innovation bridges post-harvest loss that will address areas such as: producing affordable and improved food packaging; minimal processes to control ripening and reduce spoilage; using waste; and green technologies for food distribution.

BBSRC has a long history of partnering with India. By working together on research and innovation programmes, the UK is building strong, sustainable, systemic relationships with India. This supports the continued excellence of the UK research base and acts as a catalyst to unlock opportunities for wider collaboration.

International research collaboration is the only way to meet the great challenges the world faces, bringing benefits both to the UK and partner countries. The UK excellence research makes it the world’s research partner of choice.

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Minister Jo Johnson speaking at the India-UK TECH Summit. Far right: Claire Durkin, Head of Global Science, Innovation and Knowledge Economy at BEIS. Left side: Baroness Blackstone, Chair of the British Library. Middle: Indian science minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Newton Fund. Copyright: RCUK

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