In a bid to take the research and innovation relationship between India and UK to a greater level, UK’s Minister for Universities, Science, and Cities Greg Clark on 13 November announced the Newton-Bhabha Programme.

The Newton-Bhabha Fund, which promises £50 million over 5 years from the UK and matched efforts from India) is an important programme, with a strong interdisciplinary dimension that will further strategise the science, research and innovation cooperation between the UK and India.

Noting the importance of the Newton-Bhabha Programme, Minister Greg Clark said, “I hope this exciting new programme will deliver as much to global science as Newton and Bhabha. By working together to address big societal challenges, like sustainable cities, health, food, energy and water, UK and India can deliver tangible benefits for our countries and the world.”

Some of the new Newton-Bhabha research programmes introduced are:

  • The UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) joint initiative for new research projects in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Up to £2 million is available from the UK. ICMR will fund the Indian component
  • Up to £10 million for joint Global Research Programme in Women’s and Children’s Health funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC), Department of International Development (DFID) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
  • Up to £7 million for Joint Centre Partnerships in Cancer Biology, Translational Regenerative Medicines in Neuroscience and Antimicrobial Resistance, funded by UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

Minister Greg Clark also announced another UK-India partnership in historical research through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).

Research is the fastest growing bilateral cooperation between India and the UK, having scaled up from £1 million to over £150 million since 2008, when Research Councils UK (RCUK) India was launched in New Delhi.

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