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A new seed grant to expedite climate and health research between scientists in the UK and India

By Parvathy Sukumaran Nov 5, 2023
The India Connect Fund seeks to provide funding for creative initiatives that tackle global health, climate, and sustainability issues.

The India Connect Fund was established by Imperial College London, one of the top ten universities in the world, to promote scientific collaboration between Indian and UK researchers.

The fund seeks to provide funding for creative initiatives that tackle global health, climate, and sustainability issues.

Seed money for exploratory research, small-scale experiments, prototype development, workshops, hackathons, and student exchanges between the two nations will be made available by the India Connect Fund. A principal investigator from Imperial and one from an Indian partner institution will oversee each initiative.

In depth

The fund will be formally launched by Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost of Imperial College London. He emphasised India’s vital role in innovation and research as well as its significance as a collaborator for scientists in the UK. Researchers at Imperial have collaborated with colleagues from almost 400 Indian universities and research institutes to co-author more than 1,500 academic articles in the last five years.

The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research are just a few of the Indian universities with which Imperial College London has a long-standing partnership.

These partnerships cover a wide range of common problem domains, from creating policies against microbiological pollution and clean energy technologies to educating the upcoming generation of infectious disease modellers.

The NIHR Centre was established last year by Imperial in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health India. It addresses issues at the nexus of non-communicable disease and environmental change by working with populations in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and India.

Take away

With over 800 Indian students enrolled at the London campus and over 3,000 Indian alumni globally who make substantial contributions to society and enhance the Imperial community.

Professor Walmsley further highlighted the important presence of Indian students, alumni, and researchers at Imperial College London.

By Parvathy Sukumaran

Parvathy Sukumaran is a Content Creator and Editor at JustCare Health. She is an Educator and a Language Lecturer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and an M.A in English Literature. She is passionate about writing, archaeology, music and cooking.

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