02.03.2012 - Indian-Europe House for science and innovation

Towards an Indian-Europe House for science and innovation
Kick-Off Meeting, New Delhi, 1- 2 March 2012

India chosen as the pilot country due to its excellence in science

India is becoming a powerful “science country” with very wide perspectives. Over the past twenty years, it has been building up its scientific capacities in the most relevant fields. Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) has clearly been a priority of the Indian government for more than one decade and the budget earmarked for S&T has grown significantly to almost 1% of the rapidly growing GDP of the country today. During the last decade, international publications by Indian scientists have more than doubled and, by 2020, are expected to reach a level comparable to those of the top scientific nations.

Therefore it is of the utmost importance for European countries and Indian research actors to join their forces and boost an intensive and lively EU-India flow of cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.

Build bridges between EU members and associated countries for expanding collaborations in science and innovation

Over the years, nearly every Member State or Associated Country of Europe has developed links with India on ST&I at governmental, institutional and individual levels. Thus, each country has defined its own way of working with India and establishing “science diplomacy” with India.

The European Union as such has progressively put in place various tools to help multiply and strengthen the links between scientific actors on both sides. Apart from country-specific calls, in which India was targeted, the EU Research Framework Programs FP6 and FP7 have set major milestones in ST&I cooperation with India.

The European Commission wishes to explore the possibility of benefiting from this broad experience to expand the collaborations between the Indian and European science and innovation communities. A call for proposal was launched in late 2010 to select a dedicated team to work on this project.

France at the forefront of this EU initiative by virtue of its strong ties with India

France and India accepted to share their long and successful experience of collaboration in Science and Technology, spanning over half a century with all European Member States and associated countries. Indeed, twenty five years ago they founded the first autonomous bilateral structure for funding joint projects in ST&I, the Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) and thus paved the way for major collaborations. Apart from the IFCPAR/CEFIPRA upon which the project is built, the French Observatory for Science and Technology will coordinate the project.

A dedicated feasibility study

The call for proposal launched by the European Commission was answered by a consortium comprising entities from Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and, of course, India.

This study will provide the EC with proposals for opening the INDIA-EUROPE S&TI HOUSE, aimed at boosting the STI collaboration in a sustainable manner. The specific aims are to explore with all potential partners of this future INDIA-EUROPE House the political will, the legal frameworks imagined and of course the scientific priorities of such a “House”. The results will be synthesized in a Forward Look that will provide recommendations. The study will undertake benchmarking, mapping, and SWOT analyses of existing bilateral and multilateral schemes of collaboration, including public-private partnerships, to delineate the most common schemes of cooperation with India.

An External Advisory Board comprising high-level specialists of Science, Technology and Innovation, mainly from Europe and India, will advise the project team at each step of this promising project.

A dedicated website for dissemination of information and results related to this project will be launched.

Contact person: Dr Véronique Briquet-Laugier, Science Counsellor, Embassy of France in India. veronique.briquet-laugier@diplomatie.gouv.fr


Belgium: Flemish Institute for Technological Research

France: Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques

France: Science Department, Embassy of France in India

Hungary: Europa Media Non-Profit Ltd

Italy: Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea

India: Indo-French Center for Promotion of Advanced Research

India: Council of Scientific and Industrial research

Poland: Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw

Switzerland: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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