Medical research getting strengthened between UK and India

As a first contact for proposals for a combined research between UK and India, the Medical Research Council (MRC) of UK and the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) together are working towards strengthening the research ties between the two countries. This was recently announced under the Newton Fund in April 2014.

It was announced that up to £ 3.5 million will be allocated by both MRC and DBT towards this programme, which is expected to invest in up to three partnerships which will be for three years.

The scientific remit of this program protect cancer biology, transitional regenerative medicine in neuroscience and antimicrobial resistance especially resistance to antibiotics.

Deputy Director of RCUK India, who is also leading on this joint venture, Sukanya Kumar-Sinha, said: “The MRC and DBT are charged with fostering research and development within their own communities. This first joint initiative aims to strengthen academic cooperation between the medical research communities in the UK and India in areas of mutual strategic interest. This is also the first UK-India initiative to be announced under the UK’s recently launched Newton Fund.”

This call is mainly focused upon creating and improving sustainable research collaboration, and will also increase upon the currently financed research activities.

As per this initiative, combined studies will take place between the researchers at the partner centres in any one of the three areas which was stated above. There will also be a laboratory exchanges which will include a short and long term visit along with an exchange of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and visiting fellows.

It will also work towards enabling the sharing of key resources across the partner centres. Supporting wider activities in order to strengthen links, such as holding symposia, workshops, seminars and meetings will also be a part of this initiative.

The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) is a world leading research centre based at the University of Edinburgh. They deal in the study of stem cells, disease and tissue repair to advance human health.

The Newton fund is a part of the UK’s official development assistance and it aims towards the development of science and innovation partnerships that promotes the development of the economic as well as welfare of the developing countries. The fund is £ 75 million each year from 2014 for 5 years.

The call closes on September 29, 2014.