Six million pounds for Indo-British science collaboration

February 3rd, 2009 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 3 (IANS) India and Britain Tuesday announced six million pounds of funding for large-scale science and technology collaboration between their universities and institutions. The three collaborations will be funded jointly by Research Councils UK (RCUK), a government-funded body, and the Indian Department of Science of Technology.

A three-year grant for three million pounds has been made to Aston University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, aiming to deliver “sustainable decentralised bioenergy” for both the developed and developing world.

Another 1.5 mn pounds has been awarded to the University of Leeds, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, over four years, the RCUK said.

The project aims to enhance existing interactions to exploit and develop advances in biotechnology applicable in an agricultural context.

The third grant, for 1.5 mn pounds over two years, has gone to the University of Nottingham, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

The three partners will seek to create a step-change in collaborative innovation in target identification, drug discovery, drug delivery and manufacturing.

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