Italy-India: the call for joint industrial research projects is now open
The MAECI-Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and India’s Ministry of Science and Technology have published a call for joint industrial research projects.
The initiative is part of the Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between India and Italy entered into force in 2009, which created a funding mechanism aimed at supporting companies for activities of mutual interest.
Proposals of collaborative industrial research and development projects may cover the following areas: advanced materials, smart manufacturing, technologies for cultural heritage, water technologies (including drinking water, water purification, water desalination, irrigation, waste water treatment and management).
In India, the project lead and other project partners, including organizations active in research and development and academic institutions, are eligible for funding. In Italy, the project lead only will receive financial support from the MAECI.
The deadline for submission is 31 October 2017. By that date, applications must be submitted following the instructions in the call.
The selection includes two phases. In the first phase, projects will be evaluated at the national level according to the following criteria: novelty of the proposal and possible industrial impact, qualifications of the applicants, added value of the bilateral cooperation, expected economic results, and congruity of costs.
The final evaluation will be carried out by a joint review committee comprising representatives from both countries.