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India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2016
India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2016

Status Closed

RFP Opening Date08-Nov-2016

RFP Closing Date22-Feb-2017 17:30 Hrs.

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Programme Summary :

INR 1.50 Crores Grant available to Indian companies and upto £300k to UK Companies for joint co-development of Industrial R&D and innovation project in the areas of:

  • Clean Technology
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Use of ESDM technologies to provide solutions to particular societal challenges, specifically:
    • Large area flexible electronics and internet of things (IoT) to solve challenges related to affordable energy, affordable healthcare or affordable education provision; or to solve challenges in relation to the environment or to cities that impact the wider population of India.
    • Technology for internal security, specifically for natural disaster management (preparedness, prevention and recovery, including emergency communications system, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc). Note: no military-related or personal security applications are eligible.
    • Medical electronics addressing the healthcare needs of remote communities.
    • Technological solutions for the sustainability and resilience challenges India is facing in the fields of mobility, energy and ICT.
  • About the Programme
    • The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the Government of India signed a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) in the field of Industrial Research and Development (IR&D) with Innovate UK (then called the Technology Strategy Board) on 11 March 2013. The objective of this Programme of Cooperation is to foster and support the development of industrial collaborative R&D projects that bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger, well established businesses), research organisations, academics and other collaborators from both countries for the joint development of innovative products, processes or services. It aims to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific market need or societal challenge and to demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential. The aim is to deliver benefit to all participants and, more broadly, to both nations. These projects are intended to help participants to become more competitive by developing global research-based alliances with the potential to foster increased or expanded bilateral R&D collaboration.

      This Programme is being supported in the UK through the Newton Fund.

      The Newton-Bhabha Fund (as it is called in India) aims to bring together the UK and Indian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. This competition in particular will help UK business and research organisations to form collaborative partnerships with Indian counterparts and find new commercial solutions to the challenges posed, specifically products, processes and services fit for the Indian market.

      This is the fourth round of the collaborative programme.

  • About Funding & Implementing Agency
    • Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India

      The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of Government of India was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of science & technology (S&T) and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The Department of Science &Technology has an important role in building a strong base for research, development and demonstration in India and in addressing national concerns about strengthening science and technology. DST, as a national agency for strengthening the base of science and technology in the country, has made a sincere attempt to address national concerns of India in basic research.

      For more information about DST, please visit www.dst.gov.in

      Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India

      Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for the promotion of Electronics System Design and Manufacturing. MeitY offers several schemes to incentivise investment in the sector. These include Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M- SIPS), Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) among others. MeitY also takes up schemes to promote R&D and innovation in this sector. Some of the efforts taken include approval of Electronics Development Fund Policy (EDF), promoting start-ups by setting up of incubators, funding research for development of new products and technologies. MeitY also has set up Centres of Excellence in niche technology areas like nanoelectronics Large Area Flexible Electronics, security devices, etc.

      For more information on promotion of Electronics System Design and Manufacturing by MeitY, please visit www.MeitY.gov.in/esdm

      Innovate UK, UK

      Innovate UK is an executive non-departmental public body established by the UK Government in 2007, and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The activities of Innovate UK are jointly supported and funded by BIS and other government departments, the devolved administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and research councils.

      The role of Innovate UK is to support and stimulate business-led innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. It promotes, supports and invests in technology research, development and commercialisation. It also spreads knowledge, bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances. Innovate UK advises Government on how to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate the exploitation of new technologies, and works in areas where there is a clear potential business benefit, helping today's emerging technologies become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

      For more information about Innovate UK, please visit our website at:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

  • Eligible Technology Sectors
    • Current RFP invites collaborative Applications in following areas:

       

      • Clean Technology
      • Affordable Healthcare
      • Use of ESDM technologies, to provide solutions to particular societal challenges, specifically:

      -       Large area flexible electronics and internet of things (IoT) to solve challenges related to affordable energy, affordable healthcare or affordable education provision; or to solve challenges in relation to the environment or to cities that impact the wider population of India.

      -       Technology for internal security, specifically for natural disaster management (preparedness, prevention, and recovery including emergency communications system, unmanned aerial vehicles etc). Note – no military-related or personal security applications are eligible.

      -       Medical electronics addressing the healthcare needs of remote communities.

      -       Technological solutions for the sustainability and resilience challenges India is facing in the fields of mobility, energy and ICT.

       

      * In India, Electronics & IT projects would be funded by DeitY. DeitY’s Funding Criteria are as under  

               Duration of the project should not be more than 24 months from the date of receipt of fund.  

               One Indian Industry applicant (at least) and one academic institution applicant can jointly apply for one (joint) R&D project along with UK partners.

  • Project Funding Support
    • GITA on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, will fund the successful projects, as follows:  

      1. Total project funding as “Royalty Based Conditional Grant” for Indian applicants is a maximum of INR 150 lakhs per project.
      2. Indian industry share can range from INR 100 lakhs minimum to INR 125 lakhs maximum, if partnering with Indian R&D organisation/academic institution.
      3. Indian R&D organisation/academic institution share can range from INR 25 lakhs minimum to INR 50 lakhs maximum.
      4. Indian industry may receive up to 50% of their part of the eligible cost on a reimbursement basis, for costs already incurred on a proportionate basis, at quarterly intervals.
      5. Indian R&D organisation/academic institution may receive up to 100% of their costs (within applicable range specified above and as per proposal) on a reimbursement basis for costs already incurred on a proportionate basis at quarterly intervals.
      6. DST/MeitY funding support for the project must be matched equally (1:1) by Indian Industry and R&D organisation/academic institution.
      7. The exact amount of funding will be approved by the Indian Project Evaluation Committee based on merit and the contribution of industry, R&D organisation and academic partners respectively.
      8. Funding from other public sector sources will be taken into account when awarding grant, and applicants will be asked to declare funding from other sources in the application.
  • Who Can Apply?
    • Common Eligibility Criteria

      Acollaboration proposing an R&D project that meets the requirements in this section is eligible to apply to this RFP/competition and does so in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures of their jurisdiction or country.

      Each proposal must include as a minimum:

      1. An Indian registered company Project Lead (IPL), responsible for the Indian application submission, leading the Indian part of the project and communicating with the UK Project Lead and,
      2. A UK registered company Project Lead (UKPL), responsible for the UK application submission, leading the UK side of the project and communicating with the Indian Project Lead.

      Collaborations must be business-led from both sides.

      Project Composition

      Any team proposing an R&D project that addresses the requirements detailed below is eligible to apply to this RFP/competition.

      • An Indian registered company Project Lead (IPL), responsible for the Indian application submission, leading the Indian part of the project and communicating with the UK Project Lead and,
      • A UK registered company Project Lead (UKPL), responsible for the UK application submission, leading the UK side of the project and communicating with the Indian Project Lead.
      • A minimum of 50% of the total project costs must be incurred by the business partners (UK and India).
      • Ideal duration of the Project should be 12-24 months.
      • Projects must be innovative and market-driven, leading to the proposed development of a new product or process, leading to ultimate commercialisation.
      • Proposals must demonstrate the joint India-UK project team’s capacity to manage the proposed project in their respective countries.
      • Projects must articulate clear commercial goals and associated commercialisation strategies; Building on the principles of a true bilateral partnership, all projects should demonstrate equivalence in effort from the Indian and UK partners.
      • Applicants already possesses basic infrastructures/test beds and developed basic Proof of Concept (PoC)  

      Although it is not mandatory, projects that engage an end-user/first customer are strongly encouraged in either side of the consortium. 

      If successful, project consortia will be expected to demonstrate that all partners contributing to the R&D project have agreed on IP Rights and the commercialisation plan as part of the final grant agreement process.  As mentioned above, UK applicants can seek support from the UK Government’s IP Officer in India.

      Applicants from India

      The Indian Project Lead (IPL) (i.e. lead organisation) must be a commercial company that operates in and is headquartered in India. (We expect researchers or managers of these companies to be the nominated applicant.) Academic institutions, research hospitals, other R&D institutes (including not-for-profit research institutes recognised by DST/MeitY/GITA) that are headquartered and operate in India are encouraged to participate in the projects as co-investigators/partners.

      Specific criteria for eligible applicants are as follows:

      1. The Indian Project Lead (IPL) company applying for the project must be incorporated in India under the Companies Act 1956/2013.
      2. The company must be at least 51% owned by Indian citizens over the total duration of the project.
      3. The IPL should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.
      4. Applicants already possesses basic infrastructures/test beds and developed basic Proof of Concept (PoC)  

      Please note for Indian applicants:

      • Sole proprietors and partnership firms are not eligible for support under this programme.
      • Companies headquartered and owned outside India and their subsidiaries in India, or vice versa, are not eligible to receive funding from DST/MeitY/GITA under this programme.

      Preferences will be given to:

      In the case in India where business entities are participants in a project, but with no initial involvement in R&D activities, the project must show a plan of how capabilities are going to be developed in the business entity in the following years in order to:

      • perform future R&D projects
      • develop the human resource capability within the business
      • take technologies that are being developed to market
      • develop new intellectual property, and
      • enhance the Indian technology based companies ecosystem.
      • Note that applicants must already possess basic infrastructure/test beds and developed basic Proof of Concept (PoC)  

      Applicants from the UK

      Eligible UK applicants are:

      • UK companies of any size, registered, based and operating in the UK.
      • Academic institutions, other research organisations, public sector bodies and charities undertaking research activity in the UK are also eligible to participate as per Innovate UK’s normal funding rules: https://interact.innovateuk.org/guidance-for-applicants, but cannot lead the UK side of the project.

      India/UK Partnerships

      • To be eligible for this RFP/competition, projects must be focused on industrial research. A full definition of this research category is available here: https://interact.innovateuk.org/-/funding-rules.  Work packages that include elements of Experimental Development will be considered within projects that predominantly target Industrial Research, which can be completed within 24 months.
      • UK project leads must collaborate with an Indian project lead to form a consortium to deliver the project. There is no restriction on the number of partners in either the UK or India.
      • Projects must articulate clear commercial goals and associated commercialisation strategies.
      • Proposals must demonstrate the joint Indian-UK project team’s expertise and capacity to manage the proposed project in their respective countries.
      • Building on the principles of a true bilateral partnership, all projects should demonstrate equivalence in effort from the Indian and UK partners.
      • Successful project participants will be expected to demonstrate that all partners contributing to the R&D project have agreed on IP Rights and the commercialisation plan as part of the final grant agreement process.
      • Innovate UK and GITA will expect successful project participants to put in place a collaboration agreement amongst all project partners as part of the conditions of taking up the grant offer. 
  • Important Dates
    • Opening of the Request for Proposals/Competition  

       8 November 2016

      Closing of registration for both UK and Indian applicants (applicants need to have registered their intention to submit an application)

       15 February 2017

      Closing of the Request for Proposals/Competition

       22 February 2017

      Anticipated release date of Request For Proposal/Competition results

       May 2017

      Note: The above timeline/schedule is indicative only and is subject to change.

      Important Note: Please do not leave your submission to the last minute. If any technical difficulties arise or if you identify any errors in your submission, we will not be able to grant an extension to the above deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow the competition guidance rules and in doing so allow sufficient time to complete all of the competition requirements described in this document.

  • Type of Projects to be supported
      • Joint Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities including e.g. development, piloting, demonstration and testing.
      • Projects should be innovative and user need-driven, and they should lead to new products, services or processes with potential to commercialization while also having favourable societal impacts.
      • Duration of the project should not be more than 24 months.
  • Selection Criteria
      • The project should be innovative aiming to lead to a new or substantial improvement of a product, process or servicewith clear commercial potential
      • The project must show balanced effort of R&D activities and resources both in India and in UK
      • Duration of projects will be from 1 to a maximum of 3 years.
      • The industry partners from India must contribute at-least 50% of their participation cost in the project with own economic resources. Industry partners from UK must contribute minimum required contribution in the project with their own economic resources as per the table provided under Project Funding Support.
      • The application will be strengthened by the participation of academic and institutional researchers as a component of the R&D project
  • Project Cost Guidelines (Applicable for Indian applicants)
    • What You Can Claim as Eligible Costs for the Project?

      This document is intended for use with the RFP/Competition Guidance Document. It covers the following:

      • Eligible project costs: What you can claim as eligible costs for the project
      • Costs which are not eligible for funding
      • Items to be included in project costs

      There are ranges of costs that can be supported as your eligible project costs.

      The estimates of the costs that you use to complete the project cost must be the total costs for the project and will include costs for all activities and all participants that are involved in your section (part) of the project.

      Please Note: Any revenue generation activities cannot be included as part of project costs. Only Research & Development related activities can be included as part of project costs.

      Eligible Costs

      For a cost within your project to be eligible for funding it must:

      • be incurred and paid between your project start and end dates.
      • meet the eligibility criteria in the categories listed below.

      GITA pays your grant based on audited actual eligible costs. These costs must be incurred and paid between your project start and end dates.

      1. Labour Cost:

      You may claim the labour costs of all individuals working directly on your project. You need to list the total man-days worked by all personnel working directly on your project and briefly describe their role.

      Your eligible labour costs will be on the basis of salary amounts actually incurred and paid. You therefore cannot include any form of in-kind/goodwill contribution by staff members or costs relating to profit related pay, dividends, shares, share options, royalties or similar remuneration methods.

      The total number of working days per year for the organisation is based on full time working days per year less standard holiday allowance. Sick days, waiting time, training days and non-productive time are not eligible as part of the calculation.

      Project Management cost: 

      The costs of project management by an Indian Project Lead (IPL) on behalf of the Indian consortium (IPL and collaborating R&D organisation/academic institution are eligible and should be included within your Labour calculation. In cases where your project management is sub-contracted, a strong case should be made for the necessity and benefits of this approach.

      2. Overheads

      In every project, there are always some overheads. .  These overheads, however, will be determined by the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC), on a case to case basis, at a flat rate (percentage) to the total project cost.

      While determining the overhead flat rate (percentage), PEC will take into consideration the following:

      • Board and Senior Management Salaries and Fees should relate to the executive function of the organisation (e.g. Board of Directors). You should only include senior staff members that are purely strategic or administrative in function NOT income generating or customer facing/selling. You should NOT include   distribution/supply chain, selling or marketing senior staff.
      • Administrative support functions include HR, finance, IT, site services and any other administrative support activities. You should NOT include income generating functions or related functions such as distribution/supply chain, selling or marketing.
      • Bonuses, awards, profit related pay, company car expenses and any discretionary benefits to staff are ineligible.
      • Sales, Marketing and Account Management costs are ineligible.
      • Entertainment and hospitality costs are ineligible.
      • Patent maintenance costs are eligible but should NOT include new filings and search fees in new territories or costs relating to Trademarks.
      • General, site and utility costs should be relevant to administrative facilities NOT operational/production facilities.
      • Non-productive time or waiting time between projects is ineligible.

      3. Materials Consumed

      The costs of materials to be consumed directly on your project are eligible costs, providing that they are not already included in the overheads and purchased from third parties. If material has a residual/resale value at the end of your project, costs should be reduced accordingly.

      If you are using materials supplied by associated companies or sub contracted from other consortium members then you are required to exclude the profit element of the value placed on that material - the materials should be charged at cost.

      Software that you have purchased specifically for use during your project can be included in materials.

      However, if you already own software which will be used in the project, or it is provided for usage within your consortium by a consortium member, only additional costs incurred & paid between the start and end of your project will be eligible. Examples of costs that may be eligible are those related to the preparation of disks, manuals, installation, training or customisation. Costs should be split between their component parts and allocated to the appropriate cost category.

      4. Capital Usage

      Capital usage refers to an asset utilised by your planned project, which has a useful life of more than one year, is stand-alone, distinct and moveable.

      You should provide details of capital equipment and tools to be bought for your project.

      5. Sub-contracts, Consultancy Fees (including Fees for Trial and Testing)

      Sub Contract costs relate to work carried out by third party organisations that are not part of your project or your collaborative group. You may sub contract work that is essential to the success of your project where the expertise does not exist in the collaborative group or where it would not be cost-effective to develop in-house skills for your project.

      Sub contract services supplied by associated companies should exclude any profit element and be charged at cost.

      You should name the subcontractor (where known) and describe what the subcontractor will be doing and where the work will be undertaken. We will look at the size of this contribution when assessing eligibility and level of support.

      6. Travel and Subsistence

      You should only include reasonable costs that are justified and will be incurred exclusively for the progression of the research project. Details and purpose for the expenditure, including number of staff attending, must be given.  In case of Air-travel, economy class air-fare only will be supported under the programme.

      International travel, strictly between India and counterpart country,may be supported on a case to case basis, as per the applicable norms of the Government of India.

      7. Other Costs

      Other Costs can be used for eligible costs which are not included in the above sections. Each type of cost that you include in this section should be described in the application form as to what it is, why it is eligible and so included in the costs of the project.

      Examples may include:

      Training Costs– These costs are eligible for support where they are specific to and necessary for your project. GITA may consider support for management training specific to your project but will not support ongoing training.

      Preparation of Technical Report(s)– For example, where the main objective of your project is the support of standards or technology transfer. You should demonstrate how this report is above and beyond what would normally be produced through good project management.

      Market Assessment– There is some scope for support of market assessments studies in order to more fully understand the applicability of your projects results to the intended market and to help steer your project towards exploitable ends.

      Licensing in New Technologies – Exceptionally, GITA may consider support where it makes sense to do so, for example, to avoid “reinventing the wheel”. Where imported technology makes up a large part of your project then it will be expected that there is development of that technology as part of your project.

      Patent filing costs for NEW IP generated by your project may   only be allowable for MSMEs, which will be decided on a case to case basis. These should not include legal costs relating to the filing or trademark related expenditure as these are deemed to be marketing/exploitation costs. Regulatory compliance costs are eligible if necessary to carry out your project.

      8. Project Audit, Legal and Accounting Costs

      The legal costs of setting up project or the collaboration and costs associated in conducting audits, accountant’s reports or making grant claims are ineligible.

      9. Contribution in Kind

      Contributions in Kind (CiK) are goods or services provided free of charge by a party that is NOT a member of your consortium and not subject to the terms and conditions of an Offer Letter. They can be in the form of access to facilities, supply of materials, labour or expertise but must not include a profit element.

      CiK costs must meet the usual eligibility criteria and must have been incurred and paid by the provider between the start and end of your project. Verification is normally done during the audit of your project through a CiK certificate provided by the contributing organisation.

      Contributions of this type should be shown with their value contributing to the total eligible costs of the receiving partner. Grant can be claimed and adjusted to the extent of the value determined against such contributions, if goods or services under CiK are already included in the project proposal.

      10. CashTransfers

      Cash transfers are not allowable except under exceptional circumstances with prior agreement. Where these are allowed, the transfers are cash neutral to the total eligible costs of your project. The donating partner should show the cash value in their costs as a positive value. The receiving partner should show an equal negative value in their costs.

      Once your project commences, it will be necessary for the partners to invoice and transfer cash between them in order for this to be eligible.

      11. Cash Contributions

      If a cash contribution is being made to your project from outside of your consortium, this should be shown as a negative value in the Costs worksheet, thus reducing the eligible costs for the receiving partner and reducing their grant application.

      Non-Eligible Costs:

      • Input VAT, Excise Duty;
      • Interest charges, bad debts, profits, advertising, entertaining;
      • Hire purchase interest and any associated service charges;
      • Production, quality control/assurance, , distribution, supply chain or selling costs or activities;
      • Advertising and marketing costs or activities;
      • Entertainment and hospitality costs;
      • Profit earned by a subsidiary or by an associate undertaking work sub-contracted out under your project;
      • Inflation and contingency allowances;
      • The value of existing assets such as IPR (not developed as part of this project), data, software programmes and other exploitable assets that any of the collaborators contribute towards your project;
      • Project audit or legal costs. The legal costs of setting up your project or the collaboration and costs associated in conducting audits, accountant’s reports or making grant claims;
      • Sick days, waiting time and non-productive time;
      • Bonuses, awards, profit related pay, company car expenses and any discretionary benefits to staff.
      • Project audit fees

      For further information/clarification, please contact Mr Vimal Kumar at vimal.kumar@gita.org.in

  • Application Process
    • Indian Applicants

      Registration and submission of application

      • The Indian Project Lead must register their interest through the GITA’s RFP/Competition under India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme 2016, by February 15, 2017. Link for registration is http://gita.org.in/bilateral_funding_India-UK.html.
      • Registration for India-UK Programme 2016 is mandatory for Indian Project Lead for application submission process by February 22, 2017. Please click the button “Download Guidelines & Application Form”. The system will allow you to download the necessary documents immediately. In case you are not registered with GITA, you are required to register first to download the form.
      • Registration Process at GITA website:
      •      - Registration is two stage process

             - Stage I - Registrant needs to provide basic information.

             - Stage II – The system will send a Login ID and Password to the email ID provided, and ask for completion of registration. 

             - Upon completion of registration, registrants will receive an auto-generated email/SMS acknowledgement shortly after, confirming the registration along with registration number.

      • Post registration, registrants will be able to access and download RFP forms and common guidelines to apply for funding under the India-UK Programme 2016.
      • Application Submission Process:
      •      - Indian Project Lead needs to submit the Application online (no other mode of submission will be accepted) by February 22, 2017.

             - Login with the same ID and password, used for Downloading for Guidelines & Application Form.

             - Complete and submit the desired Application Form by the deadline.

             - Upon Application submission, the system will send auto-generated SMS/email acknowledgement to IPL, along with application reference number.

             - Please upload the necessary documents as per deadlines as per requirements.

             - For multiple applications, IPL needs to contact GITA Programme Managers (contact details given below).

      • The Indian project lead must ensure that the content of the application form is identical to the one being submitted to Innovate UK by the UK project lead.
      • The application must reflect a combined effort from both the UKPL and IPL, be written in English, and submitted using the prescribed process by the stated application submission.

      *Only online mode of submission will be accepted.

      UK Applicants

      2.1.1 How to apply for this competition

       
       

      To enter this competition, your project should appoint one of the Project Leads who must register via the competition website at https://interact.innovateuk.org/

      You will receive an email acknowledgement of your registration immediately and then an additional email containing a username and password for our secure upload facility, along with a unique application form and number.  Following your registration acknowledgement, please allow up to 48 hours for receipt of your email application form

      Please note: As stated in the above Key Dates section, the last date to register for a competition is noon UK time, 7 days prior to the close date.

      Multiple project applications

      If you wish to apply for funding for more than one project, register once and then request additional application forms by emailing Innovate UK’s Customer Support Servicesupport@innovateuk.gov.ukYou will then be able to make separate submissions by completing a unique application form for each separate project, ensuring the appropriate application form is uploaded to the site under the correct application number.

      Please note:  repeat applications for the same project will classed as ineligible and not sent for assessment.

       

      Once you have received your unique username and password, you can log into the secure website to access additional documentation relevant to the competition.   For this competition these are:

      • Finance forms
      • Appendices (please see Section 4 for more information)
      • Je-S Submission pdf Document (for every UK academic partner in your project – if any)

       

      This stage requires you to submit the following documents:

      • Application Form                                          supplied with your unique application number for this competition
      • Project Appendices                                              (please see Section 4 of this document for more information)
      • Partner Finance Form                                        (for every non-academic partner in your project)
      • Academic Partner Finance Form                    (for every academic partner in your project – if any)
      • Je-S Submission pdf Output Document          (for every academic partner in your project – if any)

      The appendices allow you to provide additional supporting information for the assessors on your project.  The finance forms provide details on your project costs for each partner in your project consortium.  For information on eligible project costs and the partner finance forms please click here https://interact.innovateuk.org/-/project-costs

      Please ensure that you allow plenty of time to upload your completed documents for submission to the competition.  Our submission close dates can be very busy which means that upload can take some time.  We recommend that you upload your application in plenty of time as the deadline is final.

      To upload your application documents, log on to the secure website using the details supplied with your secure username and password.  See detailed instructions here: https://interact.innovateuk.org/-/submitting-your-application

      If repeat applications for the same project are submitted, then only the repeat applications will be ineligible and not assessed.

       
       

      Once the competition submission deadline is reached, your application is sent for assessment.  We will notify the nominated Lead (who registered for the competition) of the outcome of your application on the date stated in the timeline.

      You will be able to access feedback on your application from the assessors by logging into the secure site on or after the date published in the key dates section. For further information on what happens after you submit your application please click here: https://interact.innovateuk.org/-/what-happens-when-you-have-submitted-your-application-

      We will give feedback to unsuccessful applicants approximately 4 weeks after you have been notified of the decision.  The lead applicant can access the feedback by logging on to the secure website where you uploaded your application documents.  It is the responsibility of the lead partner to communicate the feedback with the rest of the consortia.  No additional feedback can be provided and there will be no further discussion on the application.

  • Key Documents required from Indian applicants
    • In addition to submitting the Application Form and its appendices, the Indian Project Lead (IPL) will also be required to submit/upload the following:

      • Covering letter
      • Completed Full Project Proposal in Application Form along with all annexures (signed and stamped by Authorised signatory)
      • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Project Partners
      • In case of in-house R&D Centres recognized by the Department of
        Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India,
        copy of DSIR registration/ recognition certificate. For details,
        please refer to
        http://www.dsir.gov.in/forms/irdpp/Application%20for%20R&D.pdf

      • Copy of the company registration and land ownership/lease papers for the company facility.
      • Copy of the Registration Certificate, issued by competent authority of all Indian Project partner(s).
      • Audited Annual Reports (including Income Tax Return, Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Account & Auditor’s Reports) of all Indian partners for the last three Financial Years.
      • Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of all Indian Project partner(s).
      • Appendix-E - Executive Summary (Please download the draft template from the RFP Page).
      • Appendix-F - Template IPL Presentation - PEC Meeting (Please download the draft template from the RFP Page).
      • A brief semi-professional video about the proposed technology also highlighting the existing capabilities, infrastructure of the applicants.

      The above list is indicative and GITA, in India, may seek additional documents/information from individual project applicants.

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    • India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2016(Flyer)
    • India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme 2016(Guidelines)
    • India-UK RFP 2016 Appendix F – Executive Summary
    • India-UK RFP 2016 Appendix G – Template for Presentation – PEC Meeting
    • Project Costs - Guidance for Indian Applicants
    • Consortium Agreement Model

  • OR you wish to receive above documents on mail
Program Details
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE INDIA-UK COLLABORATIVE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2015 INDIA
    • The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of the Government of India signed a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) in the field of Industrial Research and Development (IR&D) with Innovate UK (then called the Technology Strategy Board) on 11 March 2013. The objective of this Programme of Cooperation is to foster and support the development of industrial collaborative R&D projects that bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger, well established businesses), research organisations, academics and other collaborators from both countries for the joint development of innovative products, processes or services. It aims to stimulate innovative R&D projects that address a specific market need or societal challenge and to demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential. The aim is to deliver benefit to all participants and, more broadly, to both nations. These projects are intended to help participants to become more competitive by developing global research-based alliances with the potential to foster increased or expanded bilateral R&D collaboration.

      This Programme is being supported in the UK through the Newton Fund.

      The Newton-Bhabha Fund (as it is called with India) aims to bring together the UK and Indian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. This competition in particular will help UK business and research organisations to form collaborative partnerships with Indian counterparts and find new commercial solutions to the challenges posed, specifically products, processes and services fit for the Indian market.

      This is the third round of the collaborative programme.

      About the Funding & Implementation Agencies

      Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India

      The Department of Science & Technology (DST) of Government of India was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of science & technology (S&T) and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The Department of Science &Technology has an important role in building a strong base for research, development and demonstration in India and in addressing national concerns about strengthening science and technology. DST, as a national agency for strengthening the base of science and technology in the country, has made a sincere attempt to address national concerns of India in basic research.

      For more information about DST, please visit www.dst.gov.in

      Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India

      Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for the promotion of Electronics System Design and Manufacturing. MeitY offers several schemes to incentivise investment in the sector. These include Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M- SIPS), Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) among others. MeitY also takes up schemes to promote R&D and innovation in this sector. Some of the efforts taken include approval of Electronics Development Fund Policy (EDF), promoting start-ups by setting up of incubators, funding research for development of new products and technologies. MeitY also has set up Centres of Excellence in niche technology areas like nanoelectronics Large Area Flexible Electronics, security devices, etc.

      For more information on promotion of Electronics System Design and Manufacturing by MeitY, please visit www.MeitY.gov.in/esdm

      Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA), India

      GITA is a “non–for–profit” Section-8 (Companies Act 2013) Public Private Partnership (PPP) company promoted jointly by the Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

      GITA is a unique organisation working under an innovative mechanism between the Government of India and Indian industry for attracting Indian industry’s investment in technology. GITA’s activities includemapping technology gaps;evaluating technology offers across the globe on appropriateness from techno-economic perspective for India; connecting technology developers, providers, funders;funding last phase of technology development that connects the market; and deployment of technology solutions.

      GITA is technically and administratively managed by a group of highly-skilled technical and management professionals. The group has expertise and proficiency in effective technical evaluation, fund management, networking, capacity building and outreach to stakeholders. GITA maintains a high degree of transparency and integrity in all process of project evaluation, disbursement and other competitive process. It has expertise in flexible funding mechanism (Loan / Grant / Equity) to cater to different needs to cater different need of the system.

      For more information about GITA, please visit www.gita.org.in

      Innovate UK, UK

      Innovate UK is an executive non-departmental public body established by the UK Government in 2007, and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The activities of Innovate UK are jointly supported and funded by BIS and other government departments, the devolved administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and research councils.

      The role of Innovate UK is to support and stimulate business-led innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. It promotes, supports and invests in technology research, development and commercialisation. It also spreads knowledge, bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances. Innovate UK advises Government on how to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate the exploitation of new technologies, and works in areas where there is a clear potential business benefit, helping today's emerging technologies become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

      For more information about Innovate UK, please visit our website at:https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

  • Next Round of RFP
    • Coming soon
  • Ongoing Partnership Development Activities
    • GITA &Innovate UKwill provide link for partner search throughout the year
  • Current activities / Events
    • We list all current event/workshops here You can give any details, which is relevant for our program In addition, you can give other activities as well. I have separate section to accommodate the same
  • Previous RFP’s
  • RFP 2015
    • - RFP Opening Date: 09-Nov-2015

      RFP Closing Date: 20-Apr-2016

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