Indian & Swedish scientists to work jointly on health innovations

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems has agreed to launch a joint call for proposals during 2016-2017 to promote research and innovation cooperation

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New Delhi: Under the bilateral cooperation programme to promote the research and innovation in health sector for the overall societal benefit, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (DBT) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) have announced the third joint call for proposals from scientists in both the countries.

Under the joint call for proposals 2016-2017 to promote Indo-Swedish research and innovation cooperation, both Indian and Swedish industry and researchers in both private and public sectors have been asked to submit joint project applications for collaborative research and innovation projects. The deadline for the proposals is 16th January 2017.

This joint call will stimulate R&D projects in companies and at universities, to long-term development of strong research and innovation environments in a number of broad scientific areas. Project proposals have been requested to include a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and a societal challenge perspective in their application. The programme encourages cooperation between industry, academia and the public sector to ensure maximum relevance and impact.

Innovation is essential for meeting economic and societal challenges and for ensuring prosperity and quality of life. DBT and VINNOVA, invests in R&D to strengthen innovative capacity for competitiveness, sustainable development and growth.

The goal of the programme is to support long-term Indo-Swedish research and innovation collaboration in the field of Health. The approach is to establish and strengthen collaborative industry and research networks between India and Sweden by funding joint research and innovation projects, exchange visits, demonstration and proof of principle.