Newton-Bhabha Fund: India-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition

Deadline: 20 January 2016

Innovate UK, the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) together, are inviting the researchers from India and UK for the India-UK Research and Innovation Bridges Competition, a collaborative industrial research and development projects that propose new commercial solutions to critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth and development of India in relation to its clean-tech, healthcare and ICT sectors.

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Funding under this competition will be made available for collaborative research and development projects (what we are calling “Research and Innovation Bridges”), that propose solutions to key challenges India is facing in its agri-food value chain, at the ‘post-harvest’ stage.

Priority Areas

The following priorities under the broad theme have been identified:

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  1. Affordable food packaging and improved food packaging systems
  2. Post-harvest handling and processing, including ‘minimal processing’ and processes to control ripening and post-harvest spoilage and damage
  3. Process technologies to enable new products from food supply chain waste
  4. Green technologies for food distribution


  • DBT, Innovate UK and RCUK will implement an integrated, merit-based project evaluation and selection process using their existing assessment processes. DBT, Innovate UK and RCUK will then together identify the final list of successful applicants. A positive funding decision for R&D projects that request funds from all organisations will trigger:
    • Innovate UK and RCUK to allocate funds to UK industry, UK research and other UK participants; and
    • DBT to allocate funds to Indian participants.
  • Funds will be provided in accordance with the applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures established by each organisation, and/or in each jurisdiction/country.
  • Although the individual type and value of individual contributions allocated to a India-UK R&D project may vary, each bilateral project must demonstrate equivalent total effort from each participating country.