Industry Academia Partnership Programme - India

The Royal Academy of Engineering has been engaged as a Delivery Partner under the Newton-Bhabha Fund – an initiative of the Indian and UK Governments to enhance science, innovation and research cooperation between the two countries. As part of the Newton-Bhabha Fund the Academy has partnered with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to help enhance research and innovation capacity and improve engineering education within Tier 2 and Tier 3 engineering universities in India through building industry-academia linkages.

Requests for Proposals Open

The Industry Academia Partnership Programme aims to support Indian universities in improving their engineering education and research output through strengthening industry linkages and leveraging UK expertise. The programme is based upon the premise that increased linkages between industry and higher education can improve quality and foster innovation within pedagogy and practice of engineering, in turn enhancing employability of graduates and encouraging technology transfer into industry.

Our overall objective for the Programme is to strengthen the capacity of Indian engineering higher education and research institutions to carry out teaching, research and knowledge-related activities through partnership with industry and UK stakeholders.

A call for proposals for the programme is now open.

Types of activities supported

This call offers financial support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to visits and exchanges that support collaborative activities amongst industry and academic partners in India and the UK. 

Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the IAPP’s identified outcome areas:

  1. Enhanced industry input into engineering curricula and educational practice within Indian universities to improve the imparting of practical engineering skills and enhance graduate employability;
  2. Enhanced capacity of engineering educators within Indian universities to teach course content and use novel pedagogical methods to upskill graduates;
  3. Strengthened collaboration in research and knowledge-sharing between Indian university and industry institutions and with counterparts in/ from the UK;
  4. Building of working, mutually-beneficial models of cooperation between industry and academia for replication across India; and
  5. Improved capacity of Indian institutions to learn from their experiences and to share lessons with others.

The lead applicant will be an individual at an Indian university which must propose a means of collaboration with co-applicants that meet the above-identified Programme outcome areas. Co-applicants must include at least one industry partner and one UK university. Applications which involve additional University and Industry partners from both countries will be looked upon favourably. For the purposes of this call, industry partner is defined broadly and may include engineering-related businesses, government, NGOs and other non-academic partners.

This call is specifically targeted at building capability within Tier 2 and Tier 3 Indian engineering universities. Tier 1 universities may be lead applicants however, if so, are required to partner with Tier 2 and 3 institutions as co-applicants. In this case the level and quality of collaboration with Tier 2 and 3 institutes will be taken into account during the proposal assessment stage.

As a result of the call, a series of grants of up to GBP £50,000 will be issued. The project duration will not exceed 24 months, including all research activities and final reporting. The proposed start date for the project must be within April 2017 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of April 2019.

For this scheme, we require that the applying consortia for this grant cumulatively match fund at least 50% of the requested award amount.

How to Apply

Applications can only be submitted by the lead institution and must be submitted via the Academy's online grants system. Applicants should ensure they read the Applicant Guidance Notes so they gain full understanding of the overall Programme objectives and the different information and materials required for the application before submitting their application.

All applicants are invited to submit their proposals via the Academy's online grant system. A link to the system can be found below as well as Guidance Notes for completing your application online.  Once in the system you should submit your application into ‘Industry Academia Partnership Programme - India’ scheme option.

The deadline for this call is 9am (GMT) 24th January, 2017

Online Grants Management System (via online grant system - you must first register with the system, create a profile and submit through the Industry Academia Partnership Programme - India portal)

IAPP - India guidance notes (791.17 KB)

For any questions concerning the application or the online applications system, please contact Shaarad Sharma or the International Team.

Newton-Bhabha Innovation Workshop

On 12-13 May 2015, a two-day workshop was held to launch the collaboration between the Academy and FICCI and help gather insights and determine priorities for the Higher Education Partnership programme. The conference heard presentations and contributions from academics, industrialists, policymakers and innovators from both India and the UK. Breakout groups were also formed with a specific focus on designing high impact models of cooperation which could be effected in a short timeframe.

Participants included Academy Fellows Professor Sir William Wakeham FREng, Tim Askew FREng, Professor Muhammed Basheer FREng and Professor Ravi Silva FREng, who were joined by representatives from the University of Cambridge and Cranfield University. Other speakers included the Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development from the Government of India, senior representatives from leading industry organisations including Larsen & Toubro and Rolls Royce India, and a speakers from a number of Indian universities.