India-UK research partnership delivers real-world impact: Report

The UK-India research and innovation relationship has resulted in 258 projects with a joint investment of around 330 million pounds, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK and India said in a new report released on September 30.

This report analyses bilateral research and innovation projects co-funded by India and UKRI and provides evidence of scholarly, economic and societal impact.

Delivered by Elsevier Pvt Ltd., this impact report is a testimony to the UK and Indian research and innovation communities working together towards shared challenges. The piece exemplifies real-world impact, from life-saving medical devices to apps allowing a digital experience of Delhi. Over 200 technical outputs, including 84 new databases and 20 new pieces of software, are listed as outcomes and impacts of UKRI-India collaboration in the report.

UKRI-India projects align and contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals, with over 43% of publications focusing on SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 3 - Good Health and Wellbeing.

Since 2008, UKRI India has facilitated a diverse portfolio of collaborative programmes, with over 258 joint projects, more than 220 lead institutions from the UK and India. The report shows engineering, energy, and materials science as the top three subject areas for publications; the impact has been noted in 21 sectors, including culture, social science and technology.

"I welcome this report which shows how research and innovation contributes to the UK and India's deep-rooted partnership and collaborative efforts to transform the lives of people in both our countries and beyond", said Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India.

Rebecca Fairbairn, Director of UKRI India, said, "Our partnership with Indian funders has led to the development of new knowledge and products.

"Our shared commitment to high quality, high impact bilateral research and innovation is positively changing lives. As we launch this impact report, I am delighted to announce that we are working with our partner funders in India to explore new priority areas that connect to our shared 2030 Roadmap for India-UK future relations."

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