The European Union (EU), the political and economic union of 28 European member states, is present in India with its Delegation in New Delhi. The Ambassador of the European Union to India is H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski. The European Union is a key actor in Science & Technology: its member states can boast of some of the best research institutes in the world, and the EU itself offers funding to cutting-edge Research & Innovation projects through various mechanisms under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. For more information about the European Union, visit the website of the EU Delegation to India.
The Indo-European research and innovation partnership announced at the EU-India Summit in 2012 complements, supports and builds on bilateral European countries cooperation with India, where it brings added value, in particular where coordinated or joint actions of the EU, France and the other European countries enable to achieve the scale and scope necessary to address major societal challenges.
Click here to read the EU – India Research and Innovation Roadmap.
Horizon 2020, the EU’s current framework programme for research and innovation runs from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion. Horizon 2020 is fully open to international cooperation. The biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, Horizon 2020 is based on 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that investment in research and innovation is essential for Europe’s future and so put it at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this by coupling research to innovation and focusing on three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology that drives economic growth.
EU research funding under previous framework programmes has already brought together scientists and industry both within Europe and from around the world to find solutions to a vast array of challenges. Their innovations have improved lives, helped protect the environment and made European industry more sustainable and competitive. Horizon 2020 is open to participation by researchers from all over the world.
EURAXESS India is a networking and information tool for European researchers working in India and Indian ones wishing to collaborate and/or pursue a research career in Europe. It was launched in 2011 and provides information about research in Europe, European research policy, opportunities for research funding, for international collaboration and for trans-national mobility. Membership is free.
EqUIP – the EU-India Platform for the Social Science and Humanities – is the first research collaboration platform between India and the European Union specifically dedicated to social science and humanities.
EqUIP aims at improving the environment for Europe-India excellent research collaboration by intensifying communication, creating networking occasions, and identifying common research priorities to be explored.
INNO INDIGO is a horizontal ERA-Net with India and is the successor project of New INDIGO (2009-2013), which successfully implemented schemes for EU-India transnational calls for proposals (New INDIGO Partnership Programme). The calls have developed from simple networking and mobility funding towards the funding of research projects open for Small and Middle size enterprises (SME) involvement. Through these activities the EU-India STI cooperation has already been put on a smooth basis by the regular publication of joint transnational calls.
Within the lifetime of INNO INDIGO the implementation of three calls for proposals is foreseen. Beyond the preparation and implementation of joint calls one central aim is to optimize the outreach of INNO INDIGO and facilitate the networking of funding organizations in Europe and India.
INNO INDIGO offers opportunities for interested funding organisations to participate in all steps taken towards the implementation and management of EU-India transnational calls. The experiences from the past five years are used in order to further enhance EU-India cooperation, as well as in order to support and further develop bilateral as well as multilateral activities. There are various new elements addressed in the INNO INDIGO ERA-Net as e.g. how to bring ideas to market, how to support young researchers, how to develop new forms of collaboration etc.
INNO INDIGO also considers input from other relevant sources like the Indian government, the European Commission or the EU-MS/AS (also in the context of the GSO).
The INDIA SI House Project, coordinated by OST, France, undertook an ambitious feasibility study for the establishment of an EU-India Joint House for Science and Innovation, aiming at boosting collaboration in a sustainable manner. This study explored the political commitment and scientific priorities on both European and Indian sides and the legal frameworks and already existing tools for building such a joint structure. The aim was to adopt the best practices and leverage the science, technology and innovation relationships between European countries and India towards more ambitious and integrated actions.
France naturally coordinated this European initiative since it could share its experience of successful research collaboration with India, especially with the joint funding agency: the CEFIPRA. As the first autonomous bilateral structure for funding joint projects in science, technology and innovation in India, the CEFIPRA has paved the way for other major bilateral science collaborations and was the example structure of this project towards recommendations for a coordinated Europe-India joint structure. The recommendations, prepared by the Science Departement of the French Embassy, based on the surveys, analyses and brainstorms of the project, are available at http://www.indiasihouse.eu/project_results.php.