UK govt launches 3-million pound innovation problem fund in India

New Delhi, August 17

The UK authorities has launched a 3-million pound innovation problem fund in India to help scientists in academia and trade to deal with probably the most acute international challenges equivalent to COVID-19 and the menace to the surroundings.

In an announcement, the British High Commission mentioned the initiative constructed on the Indian and British Prime Ministers’ dedication to convey collectively the very best minds from each international locations underneath the UK-India Tech Partnership to ship high-skilled jobs and financial progress in addition to to collaborate on among the world’s greatest challenges.

“The UK government has launched a 3-million pound innovation challenge fund in India to support scientists in academia and industry to tackle the most acute global challenges like COVID-19 and the threat to the environment,” it mentioned.

The fund invitations tech innovators with connections to the AI-Data cluster in Karnataka and the Future Mobility cluster in Maharashtra to submit analysis and improvement proposals for tackling COVID-19 or which promote a greener planet.

At least 12 grants as much as 2,50,000 kilos are anticipated to be awarded.

“Applicants are required to submit bids as an academia-industry consortium, ideally with an international member. The deadline for submitting two-page concept notes is August 31 and further details are available on the website,” the assertion mentioned.

“The UK and India have a strong history of research and innovation. Both COVID-19 and climate change demonstrate that the most urgent challenges are global. Never has there been a greater need for academia, business and government to accelerate innovation, and for nations to collaborate to save lives and build a better future,” mentioned High Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton.

Karen McLuskie, head, UK-India Tech Partnership, British High Commission, mentioned this fund aimed to get behind the innovation heroes, whether or not they have been working to battle the virus or the even better looming international menace: local weather change.

“We are proud to work with India, as twin world leaders in the development and adoption of emerging tech for the benefit of all,” McLuskie mentioned. PTI

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