UK-India joint research funding led to 258 projects

11 October 2021

The UK-India research and innovation relationship has resulted in 258 projects with a joint investment of around GBP 330M, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) India said in a new report released.

The report, entitled 'UK-India: Partnerships for Growth with Research and Innovation', is said to illustrate the real-world impact of the countries' research and innovation partnership and the opportunities for further bilateral collaboration. It analyses bilateral research and innovation projects co-funded by India and UKRI - a non-departmental public body of the UK government.

"I welcome this report which shows how research and innovation contribute to the UK and India's deep-rooted partnership and collaborative efforts to transform the lives of people in both our countries and beyond," said Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India.

Over 200 technical outputs, including 84 new databases and 20 new pieces of software are listed as outcomes and impacts of UKRI India collaboration in the report.

"UKRI India joint funding resulted in 258 projects. Over 150 million pounds in funding from the UK was matched by Indian counterparts, bringing the overall joint investment to the equivalent of over GBP 330 million," the report notes.

"These research projects have generated more than GBP 450M in further funding, mainly from public bodies but also from non-profit organisations and commercial entities, attesting the relevance of these projects. The projects covered a wide range of subjects, from heritage to renewable energy, generating a large number of outputs in different formats and scholarly and societal impact in a multitude of forms," the report concludes.

Delivered by Elsevier Pvt Ltd, the impact report is described as a testimony to the UK and Indian research and innovation communities working together towards shared challenges.