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Stimulating investment in Science, Technology & Innovation through funding support, competence building, enabling policy framework & global partnerships
Stimulating investment in Science, Technology & Innovation through funding support, competence building, enabling policy framework & global partnerships

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India-Republic of Korea Joint Applied R&D Programme 2014

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to R&D projects in the following sectors:  

Robotics & Automation
Cleantech: Waste Management, Clean Water and Energy Efficiency
Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) including Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM)

Under the Programme, one Industry (company) and/or collaborating R&D/Academic Institutes from India and Research Institutes/Universities and/or collaborating Companies in Republic of Korea may seek support for joint India-Republic of Korea applied research and development (R&D) projects and other activities intended to generate new or expanded research and technology-based partnerships between the two countries. 

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India-Republic of Korea Joint Applied R&D Programme 2014

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to R&D projects in the following sectors:  

Robotics & Automation
Cleantech: Waste Management, Clean Water and Energy Efficiency
Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) including Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM)

Under the Programme, one Industry (company) and/or collaborating R&D/Academic Institutes from India and Research Institutes/Universities and/or collaborating Companies in Republic of Korea may seek support for joint India-Republic of Korea applied research and development (R&D) projects and other activities intended to generate new or expanded research and technology-based partnerships between the two countries. 

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GITA and DST, in collaboration with the Government of Alberta (Canada), Government of Ontario (Canada) and ISTPCanada, organized the India-Canada Matchmaking Mission on Water Technologies from 8 -10 April 2013 in New Delhi. This was undertaken with a view to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between India and Canada in the area of water technologies, and address the water challenges in India. In this endeavor, an initiative, under the guidance of Dr T Ramasami, Secretary-DST, has already been undertaken in the form of the trilateral ‘India-Ontario (Canada)-Israel Partnership Development Activity (PDA) on Water Technologies’. 

The agenda of this partnership development activity (PDA) included a dedicated conference session, B2B meetings, site-visit to sewage treatment facility (of Delhi Jal Board) and visit to the Aquatech Exhibition 2013.The inaugural session of the conference on April 9, 2013 was addressed by Dr T Ramasami, Secretary-DST and H E Mr Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India. The 28-member Canadian delegation for this mission comprised of 15 industry representatives, government officials from Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan respectively, representatives of water agencies/consortiums and key water experts. From India, more than 60 Indian delegates (including 30 industry representatives, officials from 5 state governments, water agencies, and key experts and system integrators) participated in the mission program.

Pre-scheduled business-to-business sessions were among the special highlights of the Partnership Development Activity on Water Technologies. Over 92 B2B meetings were successfully conducted during the day.

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A CII-GITA Report on India-UK Partnerships in R&D and Advanced Manufacturing was released at the CII CEOs Delegation to the United Kingdom during 9-12 June 2013. This report highlights the strengths, opportunities and challenges in R&D and Advanced Manufacturing in India and the UK. It is an attempt to map the comparative sectoral strengths and complementarities between India and the UK to take the bilateral partnerships in R&D to a higher plank.

Both India and UK share a strong and long standing science technology and economic partnership. The co-investments made by Research Councils UK and the Government of India have risen from less than £1m in 2008 to over £100m in 2013. Recent additions in the collaboration agenda include advanced manufacturing, bio-energy, smart grids and energy storage, next generation wireless systems and applied mathematics. The projects within this portfolio are led by UK and Indian Universities and research institutions and are working in partnership with businesses and industry in the UK and India.

In India, the total spending in R&D, is just about 1% of the country's GDP, with the Indian Government's contribution being 2 to 3 times more than that of the Industry's. Though the industrial R&D investment in India grew by 250% during 2005-2010 period, it is still under achieving its potential. In the 12th Five Year Plan, The Indian Government has a set a goal to double India's Gross Expenditure in R&D to 2 %, from its current level of 1% of the GDP. Hence, at the end of financial year 2016-17, the Government will raise its own investment to 1% of GDP and are expected to take stimulating measures to raise private sector's investment to 1% of GDP.

Total R&D expenditure in the UK in 2011 represented 1.79% of GDP. The largest increase in UK R&D expenditure, in current price terms, was in the business sector. Business R&D increased by 8% in current price terms to £17.4 billion compared with 2010 and by 6% when adjusted for inflation.

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The Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) is an Innovative mechanism between the Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and the Confederation of Indian industry (CII) for attracting Indian industry’s investment in technology by Mapping technology gaps, Evaluating technology offers across the globe on appropriateness from techno–economic perspective for India, Connecting among technology developers, providers, commercializers, Funding last phase of technology development that connects the market and Deployment of technology solutions.
 
GITA’s Annual B2B Matchmaking Event – The Global Innovation & Technology Alliance Platform took place during 12–13 November 2013 at New Delhi. This was India’s largest Technology & Innovation B2B meet.

Global Technology Leaders from Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan & the UK participated in 400+ B2B meetings with Indian industry.

These Global Technology Leaders are looking for partnerships with Indian companies in the areas of Renewable Energy, Water management, Pharma & Healthcare, Green Manufacturing, Information Communication Technologies (ICT), Bio–Technology, Homeland Security, Agriculture & Food Processing.

There was Exhibition display of innovative technologies from across the world.

Participants included (1) Senior officials from Central & State Govts (2) Global/Indian Industry & Entrepreneurs (3) Scientists & Researchers (4) Thought Leaders & Subject Matter Experts (5) Grass root Innovators (6) Funding Agencies – both Govt & Private Sector including Venture Capital & Angel Funds (7) Policy makers & Regulators.

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      The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India through Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA) and Tekes, Finland, will jointly implement this bilateral Industrial Technology, R&D and Innovation Programme and fund industry–led innovative projects.
     The objective of the Programme is to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific market need or challenge, demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential, and aim to deliver benefit to all participants, and more broadly, to both nations. Successful projects will be funded by Tekes in Finland and by GITA in India.
    Under the Indo-Finnish Programme, funding is available up to 50% of the total eligible national cost of the project with a limit of INR 1.5 Crore per project from the Indian side. Industry may receive up to 50% of its part of eligible national cost by way of soft loan (@3%, per annum, simple interest) repayable upon completion of the project. Partnering public-funded academic/research organisations (if any) could receive grants-in aid up to 100% of their part of eligible national cost in the project.
    The focus areas for RFP-2014 are; 
1. Smart Cities 
2. Affordable Health Solutions for Elderly & Differently abled and
3. Cleantech, especially Waste Management, Clean Water and Energy Efficiency; 

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A Comprehensive Coverage & Showcase of Knowledge Creators/Providers/Facilitators/Users Forging Knowledge-Business and Knowledge Solution Partnerships

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A Comprehensive Coverage & Showcase of Knowledge Creators/Providers/Facilitators/Users Forging Knowledge-Business and Knowledge Solution Partnerships

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India Unlimited - India + Sweden Week
‘India Unlimited’ first flagship India+ Sweden Week organized during 22-28 April 2014, in Stockholm, Sweden. 
The event showcased various facets of Indian economy and culture ranging from productive discussions on some key themes, mapping the way ahead for economic partnerships between the two countries for showcasing India's soft power through the four Cs - Cinema, Cuisine, Culture and Crafts
The business conference focused on themes related to Technology & Services, Leadership and Innovation. This instigated many interesting ideas for India-Sweden partnerships in different fields.
The themes addressed in conference were: (i) Technology & Services with separate sessions focusing on Research & Development and ICT & Security; (ii) Travel: India & Sweden - Find What you seek; (iii)Leadership: Gender & Diversity, Key to Success; (iv) Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Future Healthcare; (v) Sustainable Infrastructure: Smart Solutions for Future Cities; (vi) Re-Imagining India 2025; and (vii) Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Co-Creating the Future. 
On the side-lines of this event, the launching of India-Sweden Industrial R&D Programme was also discussed between DST - GITA and VINOVA  the Swedish Innovation Agency. 
GITA was represented by Mr. Sabyasachi Dasmohapatra, CEO, GITA at this event.
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