The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in cooperation with the European Commission (EC) will co-fund collaborative projects in the last Horizon 2020 Work programme on ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal’, published on 18 September 2020.
The ‘Green Deal' calls are a contribution towards enhancing efforts on research and innovation to respond to a pressing need to combat climate change, provide greater protection to biodiversity and support the environmental, social and economic transformations required. A strong commitment to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the important role of international cooperation is also stressed. At the same time, these calls address the equally urgent challenge of aiding recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
In this spirit, and taking into account the commitments India and EU took at the EU-India Summit on 15 July 2020 to boost cooperation in transforming our economies into carbon-neutral economies, DBT and EC have agreed to join forces on several calls under the Horizon 2020 Green Deal Work programme.
The overall aim is to strengthen the research & innovation (R&I) collaboration between India and Europe. For this DBT is committed to fund successful Indian entities in collaborative projects with European entities. The specific aim of the co-funding is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches in order to develop impactful biological solutions for carbon neutral farming, restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem and systemic zero-pollution to protect health. These proposals should also bring added-value to India’s strength and capacity, and contribute toits national missions, notably on Sustainable Habitat, Water Mission, Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, Green India, Sustainable Agriculture under National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
DBT has selected five topics for co-funding under the Horizon 2020 Green Deal calls. The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021.
For detailed DBT guidelines and explanations on how to prepare a co-funded proposals and formalities to comply with by Indian applicants: see DBT website http://dbtindia.gov.in/latest-announcement/india-eu-cooperation-research-innovation-green-deal-building-low-carbon-climate