Industry Academia Partnership Programme - India

Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton-Bhabha Fund, the Academy has partnered with the Science and Engineering Research Board  to enhance engineering teaching, research and innovation outcomes in Indian universities through building bilateral industry-academia linkages. This programme also aims to foster greater ties between engineering research and innovation stakeholders in both countries.

Requests for proposals open

Our overall objective for the Programme is to strengthen capacity and develop capabilities within Indian engineering higher education and research institutions to carry out excellent teaching, research and innovation-related activities through collaboration with industry and UK counterparts.

Through this Programme the Academy aims to support case studies of excellence in bilateral collaboration which in themselves will generate significant long term benefit, as well as produce models replicable by others and generate lessons which can help inform bilateral and national-level higher education, research and innovation policy.

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:

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 teaching in Partner Country universities to improve the quality and uptake of practical engineering skills and help develop a talent pipeline for emerging and/ or currently skill-scarce industries;
  2. Develop new partnerships and strengthen bilateral collaboration in engineering research and knowledge-sharing between industry and academia counterparts to develop new capabilities within Partner Country universities;
  3. Formation of deep, strategic bilateral partnerships between industry and academia around application-inspired engineering research and innovation which aims to solve economic and social development challenges faced by Partner Countries or globally; and 
  4. Improved industry-academia interface to help systemically foster deeper engagement amongst actors in the innovation eco-systems of both countries and create different models of industry-academic engagement for wider sharing and adoption.

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 local industry partner and at least one UK university or research institution partner. Additional partners are not obliged but are encouraged, especially the involvement of UK industry partners.

Industry partners are defined broadly and may be institutions of any size within private, public or NGO sectors.

As a result of the call, a series of grants in the range of GBP £10,000 to GBP £50,000 will be issued. The project duration will not exceed 24 months, including all project activities and final reporting. The proposed start date for the project must be within February or March 2018 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of February 2020.

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 Guidance Notes so they gain full understanding of the overall Programme objectives and the different materials needed for the application before submitting their application.

All applicants are invited to submit their proposals via the Academy's online grant system before 9am (GMT) on 27th November, 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)

Industry Academia Partnership Programme guidance notes (1.06 MB)

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.