Brunel University London and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have launched a £100,000 programme for joint research projects in areas including combustion, manufacturing, design and energy.
The Brunel-IISc International Collaboration Programme, announced last week during a visit by Brunel's Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Andrew Jones to IISc's campus in Bengaluru, is in support of the universities' aim to build a long-term research and educational collaboration. The funding will support a number of short, exploratory joint “seed” research projects running until the end of July 2023, with the expectation of later progression to larger, externally funded collaborative research.
Prof. Jones said: "Over the past couple of years, academics from our universities have been working to develop an understanding of our joint research capabilities in combustion, manufacturing, design and energy, each of which are areas of internationally excellent research for Brunel and for IISc.
"The Brunel-IISc International Collaboration Programme takes this understanding to the next level. It provides an opportunity for our academics to work together more closely, and to start delivering impactful research that will benefit the UK and India and the relationship between our two countries."
Professor Usha Vijayraghavan, Dean of the Biological Sciences Division at IISc, and Professor Jones signed a certificate to formally flag off the programme (pictured below).
Professor Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc, said: "We are gratified by the collaborations we've had with Brunel over the past couple of years through various joint workshops, webinars and research projects and exchanges.
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"I am sure the launch of the Brunel-IISc International Collaboration Programme will add value to the ongoing interactions and strengthen our relationship further. We anticipate the extension of this cooperation to other interdisciplinary areas, where we look forward to working together and solving problems with global impact."