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Innovative Ventures & Technologies for Development (INVENT)

UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

To encourage innovation amongst the private sector by provision of investment capital and business development services worth £27 m to innovative enterprises in low income states of India and £11m for enterprises in developing countries by 2019. This will contribute to MDGs by benefitting 1 million individuals with improved access to affordable and efficient services in the Low Income States of India and Developing Countries.

Project Identifier: GB-1-202927
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 04-09-2013
Total Budget: £39,899,989

Supporting Indian trade and investment for Africa (SITA)

International Trade Centre (ITC)

Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) is a project financed by the United Kingdoms’ Department for International Development (DFID) and runs from 2015-2022. SITA’s outcome is to improve the competitiveness of select value chains: , textiles and apparel (T&A), pulses, spices, sunflower oil, leather and emerging sectors of five East African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania through the provisions of partnerships from institutions and business from India.

Project Identifier: XM-DAC-45001-A854
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 18-03-2015
Budget: $23,145,974

Palestinian Market Development Programme to Strengthen the Private Sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs)

DAI Europe

The main objective of the project is to improve the competitiveness of the Palestinian Private Sector and through a programme of technical assistance and matching grants. The programme comprises 3 key outputs: -improve Private Sector skills and innovation -address market system failures in specific sectors -strenghtening trade and investment linkages with international markets

Project Identifier: GB-COH-1858644-201828
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 21-10-2013
Budget: £19,582,991

Joint UK-India Clean Energy Centre (JUICE)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The overarching aim is to solve the integration of intermittent renewable energy with energy storage for grid and isolated communities in India and UK with a view to grid integration. This is fully aligned with the objectives of EPSRC, DST and the development goals of the Newton-Bhabha Fund. In order to achieve this, JUICE will mobilise significant resources (26 institutions, in excess of 100 investigators) to connect the research verticals of Power Networks, Solar and Storage, which are driven in the UK by the three SuperGen consortia: HubNet, SuperSolar and SuperStore. This will be achieved by a vertical research programme focussing on clean energy provision, clean energy utilisation and economic value. JUICE will have a close relation with two Indian centres (IUCERCE and UKICERI) to deliver research to enhance the standard of living in both countries by improving the quality of power available, or make power available, to the populations in both countries. JUICE, in conjunction with IUCERCE and UKICERI, will deliver the tools required for a step change in the power system management in the presence of intermittent energy sources. The objectives of JUICE are defined in the call as: 1. Support the development of demonstrators on renewable energy (solar) and storage and eventual grid connectivity for a current grid isolated community (25 to 50 kW mini-grid system) and scalability challenges. JUICE will supply tools for forecasting, control and optimisation of the entire system as well as characterisation methods for key components. Demonstrators themselves are developed by our Indian partner centres. 2. Identify and address the challenges of integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable generation on the Indian and UK grid (up to GW level). JUICE will provide key tools to understand and mitigate the problems associated with the GW scale integration as well as microgrid scale integration. JUICE will actively engage with counterparts in the Indian centres to maximise synergies to mutually enhance the research programmes. 3. Coordination and further development of the existing RCUK-India portfolio of research and innovation on solar, grids and networks and energy storage. JUICE will input through its management board and high level strategic advisory board. This will link industry involved in commercialisation of clean energy technologies in both countries to the funding bodies. 4. Build and sustain a community of researchers, innovators and end users related to clean energy and especially other sources of clean energy. JUICE will mobilises a significant number of key academics in the field and will manage a fund to engage with further groups. There is a strong effort on community building in the centre. 5. Training and capacity building. JUICE has an associated PhD cohort of 19 PhDs which will research collaboratively aligned projects. There is a focus on building networks for PhDs and early stage researchers. Secondments to industry in both countries for all levels of research experience as well as an intercontinental staff exchange programme. Additional to the call objectives, JUICE will focus on international integration. Collaborations with our Indian partners are planned in detail at present. Each RA has a travel budget that will allow a stay at a partner institution over the lifetime of the project. The institutions will accept incoming RAs without charging a bench fee. The work programme is highly complementary between JUICE and the two Indian centres, ensuring excellent collaboration potential and joint publications which are already in development.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-EP_P003605_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £4,745,497

Capacity building for bioinformatics in Latin America

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The programme will address the slow implementation of data-driven biology in Latin-American countries, which have invested in genomics and bioinformatics but have an urgent lack of skills to make full use of the technology. We will implement a sustainable capacity-building programme focusing on three challenges of relevance in Latin America: communicable disease, sustainable food production and protection of biodiversity. This will accelerate use of bioinformatics in lead institutions in the region, which will become hubs in a pan-Latin-American bioinformatics network. Our consortium of ten partners in six Latin American countries will be nucleate and nurture expertise within and beyond their national boundaries, and forge collaborations with UK-based scientists that outlive the the project. Working with researchers from these institutions, we will deliver: Research secondments: Scientists from Latin America, regardless of career stage, will join an EMBL-EBI group for 6 months to develop their bioinformatics skills. EMBL-EBI group leaders have identified suitable projects that span curiosity-driven research, software development, data curation and creation of bioinformatics training materials. The projects' outcomes will be placed in the public domain: Research papers will be published in open-access journals Software will be licensed under open source licenses Datasets will be made openly available (unless there are ethical reasons for controlling access) through EMBL-EBI's data resources and tools Training materials be given a CC-BY-SA license and made freely available through EMBL-EBI's elearning resource, Train online 'Train the trainer' workshops: small groups of scientists from the network will visit EMBL-EBI for two weeks to receive tailor-made training on how to develop and deliver successful bioinformatics training. Part of this time will be spent developing training activities, which our visitors will then immediately use by participating as trainers in an EMBL-EBI course on one of our challenge topics. This will enable them to expand their network in the UK because we will involve bioinformatics experts from other UK-based organisations. This will lay the foundation for our partner institutions to develop a network of bioinformatics training centres throughout the continent. Short courses in Latin America: Our consortium will deliver 28 short courses - one in each participating country per year. Initially these will take place in our partner institutions; we will then engage with new hosts in our partner countries and in other countries on the DAC list in Latin America. These courses will be a joint effort between EMBL-EBI scientists and local scientists, with EMBL-EBI's direct involvement reducing as local experience is gained. Some courses will focus on research management and management of research infrastructure; others will focus on development of bioinformatics competencies relevant to our three grand challenges. Elearning resources: a key factor in ensuring the scalability and sustainability of our programme is the creation of elearning courses addressing our three challenges. These will provide a shared resource for use by all of our Latin American training centres; they will catalyse the roll-out of bioinformatics education and training to universities, thus inspiring the next generation of bioinformatics-aware researchers in Latin America, and they will become an instrument for ongoing collaboration among EMBL-EBI, our Latin American network, and our collaborators in the UK. We will build on infrastructure developed through a recent BBSRC-funded project - Bioinformatics for Discovery - to develop workflow-based courses around each of our three use cases. In all cases we will incentivise participants from minority groups, including women and individuals from minority ethnic groups. We will include a diversity expert on our advisory board and create a mentorship network for underrepresented groups.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-BB_P027849_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £3,380,442

International Veterinary Vaccinology Network

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

See section 3.3 of the Case for Support - What are your network's objectives within the period of study?

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-MR_R005958_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £1,709,427

Genetic & Symbiont Strategies for Controlling Vector Borne Disease

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The objectives of the Network are to: bring together groups developing genetic and symbiont-based vector control systems, improving research community interactions through the exchange of information, reagents, expertise and personnel (especially early stage researchers); create a forum to bring together members from the UK and disease-endemic countries working on strategy implementation, allowing pooling of experience and improved linkages; pump-prime novel project areas based on promising ideas or preliminary data, with an emphasis on rapid, light-touch review, providing an excellent platform for further longer-term funding; recruit new experts to the field, particularly ecologists, social scientists and heath economists; bring genetic and symbiont strategies to new policy makers and users; facilitate transfer of technologies and symbiont approaches developed in mosquitoes to other disease vector systems; bring together biologists, molecular biologists, ecologists, epidemiologists, modellers, social scientists and health economists to a common platform and reduce the tendency for these groups to work in isolation on themes of common interest and importance; support the development of high quality collaborative grant proposals, through community expertise; produce high impact publications, by prioritising novelty in the pump-priming awards made.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-BB_R005338_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £1,477,129

Ultra-low-cost endoscopy for gastric cancer screening in rural China

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The overall goal of this research is the early detection of gastroesophageal cancer in rural areas of China, where this disease has a very high incidence and mortality rate, through the development of an ultra-low-cost endoscopy system (target cost £2 per use) that will facilitate diagnostic screening in low resource settings, including remote/rural villages. With this grant, we will be able to optimise the design of our platform, develop new capabilities and run pre-clinical field validation. The project will lead to critical pilot data that will support regulatory approval for clinical trials and establish a self-sustainable initiative for gastroesophageal cancer screening in rural China. Nearly 40% of new cases of gastroesophageal cancer worldwide are concentrated in China, accounting for more than 1.1 million new cases and more than 870,000 deaths only in 2015. While the incidence of gastroesophageal cancer is about double in rural areas when compared to urban centres, the mortality rate is almost three times higher. Screening programmes have been shown to be effective in reducing the mortality rate through early detection, but are expensive and difficult to implement in low-resource settings and rural areas. We have recently developed a disposable, soft-tethered, swallowable, endoscopic capsule to enable cost effective gastroesophageal cancer screening in low-resource settings. Design innovations include water-jet actuation, a portable platform (airline carry-on size, 10kg), and disposable components. Pressurized water is ejected from the capsule to orient the endoscopic camera view. After completion of a procedure, the capsule's outer shell and soft tether are discarded, while the endoscopic camera unit is reclaimed without need for reprocessing. While preliminary results are encouraging, several limitations still need to be addressed before we can move on to clinical trials. In particular: (a) the time to perform a screening procedure is about double of what required by standard endoscopy; (b) a trained gastroenterologist is required to drive the capsule with a joystick and to identify suspicious lesions; (c) extensive comparative trials against standard endoscopy and in-field tests in rural areas of China must be performed. With this grant, we plan to test the hypothesis that the clinical diagnostic capabilities of an optimized version of our platform are comparable to standard gastroscopy, while the reliability, usability, and portability for rural settings are markedly improved and cost is lowered. Three main technical objectives will be pursued: (1) advance the platform design to enhance capsule mobility; (2) achieve stable positioning of the capsule in key areas of the stomach by implementing robotic autonomous control; (3) develop the imaging and vision capabilities for the capsule for mapping the 3D geometry of the environment, visual servoing, automatic lesion recognition and classification. Technical advancements will be integrated in a compact, portable, and robust platform that will be assessed in a three-tier framework: (a) engineering lab; (b) Thiel-embalmed human cadavers; (c) using mannequin models in the rural settings of Hebei province, China. As we anticipate a number of design issues to arise during the field evaluation, we plan two design and assessment iterations. This will allow us to incorporate design improvements in the final version of the platform and acquire substantial experimental evidence. Similar to other medical devices, regulatory approval is among the most important milestones to achieve clinical impact. A thorough risk analysis will be performed on both design iterations and the documentation required to pursue regulatory approval of investigational use in humans will be prepared. This methodology and the pre-clinical data recorded from the double three-tier assessment will speed up the transition clinical trials, should the proposed study be successful.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-EP_P027938_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £1,209,388

Solar Powered Horticulture Cold Chains (Sol-Tech)

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The overall objective of the Sol-Tech project is to develop to commercialisation stage a low cost but highly efficient solar powered off-grid modular and mobile fresh produce storage and first mile distribution system for rural farmers and communities in developing countries. Specific objectives include: i) Development of an innovative modular insulated wall construction for temperature controlled boxes (reefers) that will offer substantially lower thermal losses compared to current practice that can be interchangeably used for precooling, temporary on farm storage and distribution of fresh produce. ii) Integration of solar PV, on-board refrigeration, hybrid thermal and electrical storage systems and a smart control system to enable off-grid operation for at least 48 hours during the night and overcast conditions and continuously optimise operation to ensure maximum product quality and shelf life. iii) Development of appropriate business models and a commercialisation strategy, initially for the partner countries in Africa and India, to ensure wide acceptance and rapid penetration of the market. iv) Exposure and engagement of all genders, including teenagers to the advanced but user friendly technology and high value agricultural activities to improve skills, income and livelihoods. v) Establishment of strong relationships and collaboration between the partners and stakeholders to ensure long term impact through the Sol-Tech and other solar based technologies in the future.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-EP_T015535_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £779,376

Gendered Journeys: the trajectories of STEM students and graduates through higher education and into employment, in multiple global south contexts

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The overarching objectives are: 1. Mapping the patterns of gendered differences in STEM student and employee journeys, using national 'big data 2. Investigating longitudinally (via large-scale online standardised surveys) 3. Exploring (via in-depth qualitative methods), influential factors for overcoming perceived barriers to success in STEM study and employment 4. Applying novel interdisciplinary theoretical and analytical frameworks to existing secondary data (building on UKRI-funded big data investment) 5. Disseminating globally a range of academic and user-focused outputs, activities, and events In order to achieve this aim, the deliverables of the project are as follows: 1. To harness the power of big data, and novel technology Evidenced by: Aggregated, linked datasets prepared for archiving and onward supply with the UK Data Research Network, via Urban Big Data Centre curation, to be subsequently produce academic outputs, government briefs ('white papers') and the final project report. 2. To create an innovative culturally embedded evidence base triangulating longitudinal quantitative and qualitative primary research in India and Rwanda; collecting a range of fieldwork data and collectively conducting rigorous, high quality interdisciplinary analyses of women studying STEM and in higher education, as well as entering into skilled employment Evidenced by: Rich and complex mixed-methodology datasets, and related contextual materials to be prepared for archiving at the UK Data Archive or as appropriate; findings to be written up in final project report 3. To co-create, with diverse stakeholders, gender-sensitive 'toolkit' resources for future STEM students in India and Rwanda, and CPD resources for STEM employees/employers, tailored to each country context. Evidenced by: The co-creation, and global dissemiantion of toolkit resources and CPD resources (for HEIs) to be made available on the Genderd Journeys Partner Network hosting platforms. 4. To disseminate impactful, transparent, online resources aimed at public stakeholders, and tailored to the needs of policy-change-makers and HEI curriculum development managers alike, launched at user/stakeholder-focused events in India, Rwanda and the UK, and disseminated continuously throughout the research programme via a vibrant global web and social media presence- simultaneously creating a virtual network support women into STEM careers. Evidenced by: Hosting of three 'showcase' events, one each to be held in India, Rwanda and the UK; including livestreaming and other 'virtual' participation/presence to grow these expert-led networking events virtually worldwide. 5. To produce a range of academic outputs, according to principles of equity, transparency and commitment to valuing and supporting academic research and researchers from the global south, exchanging knowledge, skills, data and methodology to achieve both academic and real-world impact from such outputs. Evidenced by: The production of at least ten journal articles springing from the findings of the project, with authorship collaborations and credit agreed by the team during the project inception phase. 6. To value, nurture and develop the skills and expertise of the Gendered Journeys Partner Network, particularly early career researchers- but also the participants- who themselves will include early career women studying and working in STEM areas, promoting knowledge exchange, skills-building and co-learning activities and workshops equitably led across the national teams, participants and the entire Gendered Journeys Partner Network. Evidenced by: The successful participation in these public-facing knowledge exchange workshops produced by and for team members and others at the host universities, to be launched from the UK, Rwanda and India in conjunction with team, advisory board and wider network meetings (both face to face and virtual).

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-ES_T005068_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £668,986

Future Secular Changes & Remediation of Groundwater Arsenic in the Ganga River Basin

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The aims of this project are to: (a) investigate the vulnerability of representative shallow sedimentary aquifer systems in the Ganges River Basin to secular increases in arsenic driven by the ingress of labile organic matter or oxidising waters through both natural and anthropogenic processes; (b) use a complementary suite of advanced inorganic, organic & isotopic tracers to develop new system-level mechanistic understanding informing innovative reactive contaminated transport models to provide robust predictions of future secular changes in groundwater arsenic in such aquifers; (c) validate, apply and render these models in a form suitable for key stakeholders (central, state and local government, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Public Health Engineering Departments (PHEDs), industry, farmers, water suppliers, consumers, and water treatment organisations) to inform them of future hazards and risks and how groundwater management practices and strategic selection of water remediation technologies and approaches might accordingly be modified. Accordingly, the project will have substantive impact informing robust decision-making to underpin continued rapid economic development in India, particularly in the highly populated Ganga River Basin. Lastly, the knowledge and understanding developed during this project has the potential to enable India and UK scientists, engineers and enterprises to contribute even more effectively to management of vulnerable aquifer systems globally, including many ODA relevant countries. Specific objectives (O) and hypotheses (H) to be tested include: [O1] Produce a national risk assessment of shallow groundwater arsenic from carefully selected tectonic, geological, geomorphological and climatic variables [H2] Surface derived labile organic matter ingresses shallow groundwater systems in the Ganga River Basin contributing to accelerated or greater mobilization of groundwater arsenic [H3] The extent of organic matter ingress will be controlled by regional geology with greater ingress in higher permeability sediments towards the upstream reaches of the Ganga [H4] Ingress of organic & nutrient-bearing sewage under rapidly developing urban areas in the Ganga River Basin will lead, over time, to increasingly large volumes of contaminated shallow groundwaters characterized by highly reducing conditions, high labile organic carbon and high mobilization of arsenic into groundwaters leading, unless mitigated, to increased contamination of groundwater supplies vital for sustainable economic development of urban areas [H5] Hyporheic zones provide an important seasonally-dependent input zone for surface-derived contaminants and arsenic-mobilising components to ingress shallow vulnerable groundwaters, potentially mitigated through carefully time-focussed surface water remediation efforts [H6] MAR systems implemented in sediments with arsenic-bearing pyrite or other sulfides may be susceptible to groundwater arsenic mobilization whereas sediments lacking such sulfides may be better indicated for MAR systems at with respect to arsenic mobilization [O7] Produce recommendations for the remediation/mitigation of human exposure and health risks arising from current and future arsenic prone groundwaters, with a particular focus on managed aquifer recharge (MAR), based on the data and models generated in this project, together with strong and effective participatory approaches with key stakeholders/end-users and by networking with other relevant research and water resource management institutions and projects

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-NE_R003386_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £428,453

Investigation of the novel challenges of an integrated offshore multi-purpose platform

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The present project proposes a multi-purpose platform (MPP), integrating offshore renewable energy and, closely co-located, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems. Previous European projects (Blue Growth projects, see Case for Support) have focused on farms of large MPPs (MW-scale), while the present call for proposal focus on devices for island communities. In China, previous projects such as the Daguan (2012), the Dawanshan (2015), and the Sehngshan isolated hybrid power demonstration stations, have focused on multi-energy platforms, but these were based onshore, and did not integrate aquaculture systems. Therefore, the present island community scenario poses novel, multidisciplinary challenges, not investigated before. The main aim of this project is to develop a fundamental, multidisciplinary understanding to tackle the challenges arising from the integration of offshore renewable energy devices and aquaculture systems, closely co-located. The first objective (WP1) is to identify and rank the most suitable technologies for the island community scenario specified by the present call. At present, several wind turbine and wave energy technologies are available, as well as aquaculture systems - therefore it is needed to narrow down the technology scope in order to focus the analysis methodologies developed in the following WPs. Linked to this, an identification of the main cross-disciplinary questions is performed: e.g. "What is the impact of the noise generated by the renewable energy devices on the (closely co-located) aquaculture species growth rate? How the dynamic response of a floating hybrid wind-wave energy device will change when an aquaculture system is integrated with it?" These questions will force the following work packages to adopt a whole-system, multidisciplinary approach when developing their methodologies. The second objective is to develop an understanding of the MPP coupled aero-hydro-servo-structural dynamics, as well as the strategies to manage the energy production, consumption, and storage (WP2,3,4) (technological), and this is done in tight collaboration with the socio-economic-environmental analyses of the MPP (WP5,6). The focus of this objective is not in furthering the fundamental understanding of the single technologies (wind, wave, solar, aquaculture), but in tackling the novel challenges arising, in the different disciplines, from the integration of these technologies. The third objective (WP7) is to perform a synthesis of the previous analyses, developing a cross-disciplinary approach, and performing a cross-disciplinary interactions analysis. The interfaces between the several MPP subsystems will be mapped, and ranked in order of importance. This will allow a deeper understanding of the most important cross-disciplinary coupling, crucial to prevent by design potential conflicts between, for example, the aquaculture system and the renewable energy devices requirements. This approach will be also used to maximise the socio-economic benefit opportunities offered by the MPP platform. The fourth objective is to demonstrate the capabilities of the new understanding developed in the previous steps through case studies, focusing on a Chinese island community (WP8). An overarching objective is to ensure that all the projects funded under the same call will collaborate in maximising the impact of these EPSRC/NERC/NSFC funds, to maximise the collaboration between the British and Chinese institutions, to disseminate the results, and to engage with the potential stakeholders.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-EP_R007497_2
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £408,263

Innovative low-cost optical sensor platform for water quality monitoring

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The project designed to improve the welfare of the population of India by developing better water quality monitoring at a lower cost and thus, promoting healthcare and wellbeing and with that supporting the people, livestock, and agricultural product to be safe and thus enhancing health, finances, and well-being. It is exploiting the world-class expertise available in India and in UK in Photonics, a key Enabling Technology (KET) to make a difference. The main objective of the project is to develop a novel platform for rapid, in-situ and multi-parameter detection of harmful pollutants in water to enhance the wellbeing and health of disadvantaged people in India through: 1. The use of established fibre based optical sensors incorporating multiplexed fibre Bragg gratings (FBG), Long Period gratings (LPG), and tapered nano-fibres for simultaneous multi-parameter sensing for biological and chemical pollutants in water 2. The designs and optimisation of more innovative emerging nanotechnologies in planar photonics, such as slot-guides, ring resonators, and whispering gallery modes Silicon Photonics exploiting well developed CMOS technology for more compact and potentially at a low-cost optical sensors for water quality sensors 3. Development of surface functionalisation of biosensors with engineering nanomaterials, reduced graphine oxide, for their specificity to specific target pollutants with improved sensitivity, for example, E coli, cholera, Hg2+, arsenic and pesticides. 4. Multiplexing of such optimised sensors with a low-cost frugal interrogation system and followed by advanced signal processing to process multi-parameter sensing with reduced cross-sensitivity. Field trials will be carried out in IISc campus and with Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board. The project will select some limited number of targeted pathogens, such as E coli and cholera pathogens and selected heavy metals such as mercury and arsenics, to fit-in the funding limit. However, in future other emerging pharmaceutical and pesticide pollutants can be added in the target lists. The developed interrogation system would be capable to monitoring 300 individual targeted pollutants simultaneously. To carry out this work, a team with expertise in photonics modelling, optical fibre sensor development, surface chemistry, deployment of smart interrogating systems with advanced signal processing has been brought together both in the UK and India with key input from users group. Combine the efforts of physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and water experts on the development of integrated photonics sensors for continuous in-situ, multi-parameter monitoring of selected harmful pollutants in water supply and to design, develop, test better systems to reduce possible infections, outbreak of disease, and thus suffering of humans. Development of innovative, real-time, in-situ, robust, accurate, reliable, and lower-cost optical sensors that measure the key biological pathogens and chemical pollutants to continuously monitor water quality, for drinking, and domestic, industrial and agricultural uses within the targeted limits of various identified pollutants for the overall safety, economical and social wellbeing of India. The consortium will benefit from the advice and their interactions with professional bodies both in UK and in India including other stakeholders such as water supply authorities, municipalities and relevant ministries.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--Newton-NE_R003289_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £395,547

Thermal infrared technologies for supporting environmental assessment and decision making in the Ganges Basin

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The overarching objective for this project is to map land and atmospheric vulnerabilities in critical zones located within the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP). This will be achieved through employment of thermal infrared technologies combined with the creation of a framework for scientific engagement with UK and Indian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) involved in policy research and intervention. With a focus on sustainable land-use, food- and water- security related to agriculture practises, the main objectives are: 1. To extend the scope of existing UK - India partnerships and facilitate integration of science expertise and community knowledge through new communication streams with IGP communities. 2. To support monitoring of the Ganges Basin using the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) on Sentinel-3A and high quality in situ sensors and provide a first detailed validation of SLSTR measurements in the IGP. 3. To empower NGOs, The Flow Partnership (TFP) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), with new prototype agricultural indices to bridge the gap between the science and the community and co-design strategies for future environmental policies. 4. To enhance and grow new capabilities in land and atmospheric modelling with novel space borne datasets and provide training for early career researchers and PhD. Underpinning these objectives will be a demonstration of how existing partnerships between UK and Indian academics can contribute to an improved understanding of climate and anthropogenic vulnerabilities of the IGP ecosystems. This opportunity aims to generate a sustainable interchange of information for a lasting impact on NGO action and policy driven research.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-ST_R00286X_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £352,460

African Research Network for Urbanization and Habitable Cities

UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The objectives of the Network are: i. To develop a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of African researchers capable of producing knowledge and interventions to address seemingly intractable issues in Africa's urban areas. ii. To promote rigorous networking through co-hosting of, and participation in capacity building and professional development programs such as workshops, masterclasses, seminars, conferences, webinars, exhibitions, panels and amongst others iii. To advance impactful education and capacity-building for post graduate researchers through targeted mentorships by way of doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and research interactions with leading researchers in Africa and the UK. iv. To improve the competitiveness of African researchers by linking them to researchers in continental and global networks v. To foster collaborations with research end-users in industry, civil society and policy sectors to develop capacity for impactful research. vi. To provide outlets for African research activities to enhance knowledge and understanding of African problems and to promote the adoption of local led solutions. vii. To provide a platform for knowledge and information brokerage and sharing on issues in Africa.

Project Identifier: GB-GOV-13-FUND--GCRF-ES_T003804_1
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: N/A
Budget: £308,658

Farmfit Business Support & Intelligence

IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative - teast

Farmfit Business Support provides tools to analyze the viability and effectiveness of businesses and banks engagement with smallholder farmers. It helps to identify areas for innovation and match-makes to the most suitable finance, to take innovations to scale. Farmfit Intelligence shares key insights on how to make smallholder value chains more efficient and effective. Its benchmarking database enables open access to insights from 100’s of businesses also engaging with smallholders, supporting partners to innovate on topics like technology and gender.

Project Identifier: NL-KVK-53521129-Farmfit Business Support & Intelligence
Activity Status: Implementation
Start Date: 28-11-2018
Budget: €150,000

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