UK-India Industry Academia Partnership Programme
Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton Fund, the Academy has partnered with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to enhance engineering teaching, research and innovation outcomes in Indian Tier 2 and Tier 3 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 Tier 2 and Tier 3 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 Indian universities and the UK. Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the IAPP’s identified outcome areas:
Enhanced industry input into engineering curricula and teaching in Indian universities to improve the quality and uptake of practical engineering skills and help develop a talent pipeline and encourage entrepreneurship in emerging and/ or currently skill-scarce industries;
Develop new partnerships and strengthen bilateral collaboration in engineering research and knowledge-sharing between industry and academia counterparts to develop new capabilities within Indian universities;
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 India or globally; and
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 from academic spin-off and SME sectors. Consortia must include – either as lead or co-applicant – at least one Indian Tier 2 or Tier 3 university*.
Applications aligned to Government of India Missions and Strategies are particularly encouraged.
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 April 2018 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of April 30th 2020.
How to apply
Applications can only be submitted by the lead Indian 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 8th February, 2018.
A link to the system can be found below as well as Guidance Notes for completing your application online.
Application form (via online grant system - you must first register with the online system and create a profile)
Industry Academia Partnership Programme guidance notes (1.06 MB)
Applicants are requested to fill in and upload the Academy’s standard IAPP project budget template available for download here.
For any questions concerning the application or the online applications system, please contact Shaarad Sharma or the International Team .
* For the purposes of this call, Tier 1 institutes include all IITs, IIITs, NITs and IISc in government-funded sector and BITS Pilani and Manipal University in the private sector.