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Together for Impact: Sam Gyimah on his first ministerial visit to India commends UKRI-India research and innovation partnership

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The UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah MP, led a senior delegation on his first ministerial visit to India, from 25-27 July, visiting New Delhi and Chennai. He announced new joint projects on cutting edge technology for Civil Nuclear Energy, and commended new partnerships in food, biotech and health demonstrating that India and the UK are a joint force for global good.

2018 is a year of great significance for UK-India research and innovation collaboration, marking the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and completion of a decade of partnership facilitated by a representative office for UK research and innovation. Minister Sam Gyimah launched the report ‘Together for Impact: A decade of UK-India partnership in research and innovation’commissioned by UKRI India, and commended the high-quality, high-impact research and innovation partnership that has grown been the between the two nations, since a dedicated India office was opened 10 years ago.

Findings in the report and the testimonials in the video highlight the inspiring partnership between the UK and India in research and innovation, helping both societies prosper, and bringing benefits beyond the UK and India

Together for Impact report: A decade of UK-India partnership.  UK Research and Innovation: Together for impact - A decade of UK-India partnership (PDF)

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Ministers Sam Gyimah and Dr Harsh Vardhan, Indian Minister for Science and Technology, and Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, co-chaired the biennial UK-India Science and Innovation Council meeting on 26 July in New Delhi, and commended the remarkable UK-India research and innovation partnership across disciplines that addresses societal challenges that transcend national boundaries.

Both the Ministers look forward to the next era of this partnership, with the UK and India demonstrating responsible global leadership to develop the most exciting ideas to meet our unprecedented societal challenges through research and innovation.

Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daniel Shah, Director UK Research and Innovation India and Dr Tim Willis, Director International, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, represented UKRI at the Science and Innovation Council meeting.

Both the Science Ministers announced new joint UKRI-India programmes, partnerships and projects, as part of the growing UKRI-India portfolio, led by the UKRI India office. These include:

  • Four new joint research projects worth £4.8 million under the 4th Phase Civil Nuclear Energy Programme led by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)
  • The Memorandum of Understanding between UKRI’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)renewed
  • The Memorandum of Understanding between UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)renewed
  • Seven new projects worth £10.8 million under the 2nd Phase of the Global Research Programme on Health between UKRI (Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council), Department for International Development (DFID) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Newton-Bhabha Fund.

Building on UKRI-India joint programmes announced as part of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in April 2018, new projects have now been awarded under these initiatives, as part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund. These include:

  • Four new projects worth £5.2 million under the Pulses and Oilseeds Research Initiative led by UKRI’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and India’s DBT), aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality pulses, oilseeds grown for food/feed in India
  • Five new projects worth £9.9 million under the Biotechnological Solutions for Tackling Industrial Waste Programme led by UKRI (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and Innovate UK) in partnership with India’s DBT), facilitating academic and industrial collaboration to help address industrial waste, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology across some large industrial sectors in India.

Also, new opportunities under the Global Challenges Research Fund, further help build networks to engage researchers in addressing shared sustainable development challenges.

Minister Sam Gyimah and his delegation visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Delhi, and were impressed by the joint projects on agricultural nitrogen. They will also attend an event at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in Chennai on 27 July, where UKRI-India joint research projects on aquaculture, health and innovation will be showcased.

Sam Gyimah MP, the UK Minister for State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, said: “The UK believes in the power of research and development to tackle global challenges and improve people’s lives for the better. India is the fastest rising research and innovation power in the world, and so I’m excited by the huge potential for enhanced collaboration as we support high-quality, high-impact research that changes lives.”

“Today’s Science and Innovation Council meeting has reinforced our strong relationship, and the announcements we have jointly made today will ensure that cooperation continues to go from strength to strength.”

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive UK Research and Innovation, said: “From public health and water quality to food production and energy demand and supply, researchers in the UK and India are working together to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

“The projects announced today emphasise both this shared endeavour and UKRI’s commitment to creating opportunities for the UK to collaborate with the best researchers from around the world.”

Daniel Shah, Director, UK Research and Innovation India, said: “Building relationships of trust and understand between researchers, research communities, and those who support them has allowed us to innovate and to succeed together. This strong foundation can be a launch pad for the next ten years’ of higher ambitions for mutual prosperity, to further the frontiers of knowledge, and for global good.”

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