Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration which provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities; leading to mutual benefits for UK and India.
For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in India, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here.
To promote international collaboration on Science and Innovation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), based in 28 countries around the world.
SIN India work to the following global objectives:
- influence science and innovation policies of the Indian Government, industry and academia to benefit the UK
- improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges with India
- stimulate strategic science collaborations with India to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
- harness Indian technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability
The priorities for UK engagement with India are set by the UK-India Ministerial Science and Innovation Council. The grand societal challenges agreed at the 1st UK-India Science & Innovation Task Force in February 2014 were: Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation; Public Health and Well Being and Energy-Water-Food Nexus. Both countries also agreed to focus on two cross-cutting capabilities: High Value Manufacturing and Big Data.
These grand societal challenges formed the basis for negotiating the Indian elements of the Newton Fund, to support the UK’s research engagement with developing countries. In November 2014, at the Council, UK and Indian ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the Newton Bhabha programme. The Newton Bhabha will further enhance science, research and innovation cooperation between the UK and India.
In India, SIN has bases in the British High Commission in New Delhi and the British Deputy High Commissions in Bangalore and Mumbai. We work closely with Department for International Trade and Prosperity teams across all our offices in India.
We also work closely with the following UK partners in India:
- Research Councils UK India office
- UK-India Education and Research Initiative
- Department for International Development
- Department for International Trade
- British Council
To find out about the latest work of the team, our projects and recent successes, please visit our blog.
Every month we compile the latest funding opportunities available to support UK-India research and innovation collaboration. If you subscribe to our monthly newsletter you’ll get an alert each time we update this.
You can email us for contact details of individual officers in the India Network. The Head of SIN India is based at the British High Commission, New Delhi.
Science and Innovation Network, India
British High Commission
New Delhi 110021
Enquiries +91 80 22 100 200