One of the new feature of EU-India S&T relations is the launch of coordinated calls for proposals where the two sides have committed themselves to co-funding. Three Coordinated Calls for Proposals have been launched so far.
Solutions to growing societal challenges in Europe and in India such as climate change, increasingly scarce energy and other resources, raw materials, demography, security, health and combating diseases and supplying high-quality, affordable food and water depends on research and innovation.
Science and technology play an important part in the EU-India Strategic Partnership. Both the EU and India underline the importance of a strong science and knowledge base as a major prerequisite for competitiveness, and the strong role of international S&T collaboration. Formal collaboration in Science and Technology with India started with the signature of the European Community-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement on 23 November 2001.
EU Research Framework programme
The Delegation of the European Union to India contributes in particular through the EU 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) to build S&T cooperation between the EU and India, based on the principles of symmetry, reciprocity, mutual benefit and, where appropriate, the co-investment of resources in joint actions. FP7 builds on the success of an already strong and growing Indian participation in EU Research Framework Programme. Between 2002 and 2006, more than 90 projects were funded within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) that involved Indian researchers. These projects, which cover most domains of research funded by the EU, received more than 250 million in funding, with the Indian partners receiving more than 11 million. In addition, India is a valuable partner for the EU in major international projects such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project. Already in FP7 (2007-2013), some 180 Indian research organisations have been short listed for funding in over 110 projects. The cost of these projects is over 317 million with the Indian partners receiving over 25 million.
EU-India Coordinated calls for proposals
One of the new feature of EU-India S&T relations is in particular the launch of coordinated calls for proposals where the two sides have committed themselves to co-funding. Three Coordinated Calls for Proposals have been launched so far. The first such call, launched with the Department of Science and Technology, with co-funding of 5 million from each side, on computation materials science, attracted 25 proposals, of which six have been funded.
The Second Coordinated Call, launched with the Department of Biotechnology, with co-funding of 3 million each on food, health and well being, again attracted 25 proposals, of which two have been funded. The third Coordinated Call for Proposals, , launched with the Department of Science and Technology, with co-funding of 5 million from each side, on solar energy systems, attracted 23 proposals, of which three will be funded. Topics for future coordinated calls for proposals are being discussed at the moment.