Highlights:

  • Agreement to develop and adopt a long-term strategic perspective for India-EU collaboration in research and innovation has been agreed upon by the India-EU Joint steering committee.
  • Both India and the EU appreciated achievements under India –EU science, technology Innovation cooperation.
  • Both have agreed to show interest in cooperation on ICT, in particular, cyber-physical-systems (ICPS).
  • India presented significant elements of new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy that targets to create a fit for purpose.
  • During 2014-20, a total of 42 collaborative projects amounting to EUR – 157 Million funding have been funded.

Agreement to develop and adopt a long-term strategic perspective for India-EU collaboration in research and innovation has been agreed by the India-EU at the 13th Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation meeting hosted recently by the European Commission. 

Both India and EU appreciated achievements under India –EU science, technology Innovation cooperation. It also decided to create an action-oriented agenda that can be implemented within the agreed timeline at the meeting co-chaired by the Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (EC), Mr. Jean-Eric Paquet, on the EU side and Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Professor Ashutosh Sharma.

Taking account of the Joint Statement and EU India Strategic Partnership adopted at the EU India July Summit, both have agreed to show interest in cooperation on ICT, in particular, cyber-physical-systems (ICPS). Both sides agreed on the cooperation on polar sciences and discussed the future under Horizon Europe. Both sides also agreed on their commitment to human capital development such as researchers training and mobility.

India presented significant elements of new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy that targets to create a fit for purpose, accountable research ecosystem promoting translation and foundation research; indigenous technology development, indigenization of technology, facilitating open Sciences; equity and inclusion.

India also proposed Implementation Arrangement (IA) for co-funding future joint projects under India-EU Science, Technology, and Innovation Cooperation to streamline the process of collaboration and to address certain issues on project evaluation, selection, funding, monitoring, and also IPR sharing/data sharing/materials/equipment transfer mechanism and so on.

During 2014-20, a total of 42 collaborative projects amounting to EUR – 157 Million funding have been funded. The majority of the collaboration took place in the form of flagship calls on the water a new generation influenza vaccine and smart grids cooperation. Over the years, the mobility of researchers increased which strengthened the cooperation among scientist and researchers of India and Europe, 

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