Bilateral/Multilateral Cooperations

Collaborative research is indispensable for science driven society to have influence on scale globally. Therefore, joining hands and pursuing complementary targeted research with the best in the world will leapfrog Indian science and research community to the next level of innovation, transformation and skill development. The Government of India is increasingly trying to focus and promote collaborative research to solve a myriad of socio-economic as well as environmental challenges, which will have footprint on generations to come. The Department is implementing many such international collaborative programmes.

Bilateral/Multilateral Cooperations

India-UK Cancer Research Initiative:

The Department has announced an ambitious 5-year bilateral collaborative research initiative with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) that will focus on affordability of cancer prevention and care, and the potential to make significant progress against cancer consequences. Both CRUK and the DBT will invest £5m (~47 Crores INR) each in this initiative. This initiative will bring together leading Indian and UK experts to identify a core set of research challenges under the theme “affordable approaches to cancer”.

MoU between DBT and Business Finland :

Recognizing innovation as the cornerstone of the collaboration, the Department has signed MoU with Innovaatiorahoituskeskus Business Finland (Business Finland) to cooperate based on mutual interest with BIRAC, for funding and implementing ambitious industry-led innovative and transnational projects within the broad scope of research and innovation in Mission Innovation, Bio-future platforms, Environmental and energy applications of biotechnology, Business development of start-up and growth companies, Education technologies in life sciences.

Programme of Cooperation with Sweden:

The Department has signed a POC with Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), Sweden. The broad subject areas of cooperation under the Protocol shall be, but not limited to: Circular and bio-based economy, including biomaterials, Health and life sciences including biomedical devices and Start-ups, incubators, testbeds and bioclusters

Programme of Cooperation with Denmark:

The Department has signed a POC with Government of Denmark for cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation for the duration 2018-2020.The goal of the Programme is to encourage and facilitate cooperative activities between research institutions, universities, companies and other stakeholders in the respective national sciences and innovation systems of both countries.

Programme of Cooperation with United States of America:

The Department has been implementing collaborative programmes with the National Institute of Health (NIH), since its inception. Major efforts have been implemented through the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease) and also through NEI (national Institute of Eye) and NCI (National Cancer Institute)-NIH.

The Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme (VAP):

The Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme (VAP) is a bilateral programme between Department and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA; which supports a broad spectrum of activities relating to new and improved vaccines. The programme is under implementation since 1987 and is recognized internationally and considered as a model bilateral programme in biomedical research.

Indo-US collaboration on Vision Research:

The Department has signed a Statement of Intent on Indo-US Collaboration on Expansion of Vision Research with the Department of Health & Human Services, Government of the United States of America, with the objective of translating research outcomes to develop potential interventions to reduce eye disease burden in India and the USA. The mandate of this collaboration is to strengthen research focusing on Diabetic Retinopathy, Genetics of Ophthalmic Diseases and Ocular Inflammation.

Indo-US Joint Programme on Cancer Research:

The Department is collaborating with National Cancer Institute of AIIMS, ICMR, DBT and National Cancer Institute of NIH for cooperation on Cancer Research, Prevention, Control and Management The main aim of the collaboration is to promote and conduct high quality cancer research in order to strengthen the evidence base necessary for cancer prevention, treatment and management. As one of the action points emerging out of various discussions with the NCI, it is proposed to establish an International Collaborative Research Center (ICRC) at National Cancer Institute, AIIMS, New Delhi. The aim of this centre will be: Translational research in prevention and cure of India centric cancers like tobacco related cancers, carcinoma gall bladder and carcinoma cervix. Besides these cancers, the centre would also focus on common cancers like breast cancer, carcinoma lung and evolving trends in cancer diagnostics and treatment.

Programme of Cooperation with Brazil:

MoU on Cooperation in the field of Biotechnology between Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Federative Republic of Brazil and Ministry of Science & Technology of the Republic of India has been signed by the Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, India, was signed on 30th May 2018 at Brasilia, Brazil. The objectives of the MoU are to broaden and deepen cooperation in Science & Technology in the field of Biotechnology. b) To encourage industrial Research and Development (R&D) and related investment flows, bilaterally and/or regionally in the field of Biotechnology and c) to promote transparency through exchange in information and cooperation among relevant institutions.

Programme of Cooperation with Cuba:

The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of the Republic of Cuba, have signed a MoU on 22nd June 2018, at Havana. The MoU is focused to (a) transparently broaden and deepen cooperation in Science & Technology in the field of Biotechnology and b) encourage industrial and basic R&D, related investment flows, bilaterally and/or regionally in the field of Biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with South Korea:

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of India and the Government of the Republic of Korea in the field of Biotechnology, Bio-economy, Science and Technology with the objective to expand and develop bilateral/ multilateral relations and cooperation in the field of Science and Technology and in the area of Biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with Australia:

The Department is collaborating with Australia’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) since 2006. The Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund supports Indian and Australian scientists, from both the public and private sectors, to collaborate on leading edge science and technology in order to contribute to the economic, social and environmental well being of both countries. Under this collaboration joint call once a year is announced in the priority areas after mutual consent between the two departments. DIIS funds the Australian investigators and DBT funds the Indian Investigators of the project.

Programme of Cooperation with Canada:

Department collaborates with the Indian Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), Canada International Science and Technology Partnerships, Canada (ISTP, Canada), Grand Challenges, Canada and NRC: PBI, Canada in all areas of Biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with Germany:

Department is partnering with German Federal Ministry of Education, Science Research and Technology (BMBF) and German Research Foundation (DFG) in areas of biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with Netherlands:

The Department is partnering with The Directorate General for Enterprises and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Government of Netherlands in the mutually agreed area of cooperation of Plant Sciences and related Biotechnology, Food & Nutrition, Medical Biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with Spain:

Department collaborates with Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), Government of Spain to promote and fund market driven research and technology development as well as to encourage partnerships and business led R&D&I collaborative projects in the field of biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with United Kingdom:

Department also partners with Department for International Development (DFID); INNOVATE; British Council; Academy of Medical sciences (AMS); Cambridge University. It also collaborates with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through Research Councils U.K. (RCUK) in all major areas of Biotechnology.

Programme of Cooperation with Russia:

Department is collaborating with Russia under the four priority areas of ‘Genomic & Proteomics Instrumentation’ Nano-Devices; ‘Bioenergy- Photosynthesis based only’ and Bioreagents.

Programme of Cooperation with European Union:

The Department collaborated with the European Union in all areas of biotechnology, and till date 33 projects have been funded.

Concerned Officer for more information

Programme HeadDr. Shailja Vaidya Gupta,Scientist G
Phone No.011-11-24363748
Programme CoordinatorDr. Amit Parikh, Scientist E
Phone 011-24363726
E-mail amit[dot]parikh[at]nic[dot]in
Programme CoordinatorDr. Manish Rana, Scientist E
E-mail manish[dot]rana[at]nic[dot]in