• Status: Closed

  • Key features: The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and Innovate UK will provide grant funding to help participants build research partnerships and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes/processes.

  • Programme: Collaborative research and development

  • Award: TBC

  • Opens: 21 Nov 2014, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 08 Apr 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 15 Apr 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme


The India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme aims to support business-led collaborative R&D projects between Indian and UK companies, working with academic organisations from both countries where appropriate.
The programme is jointly delivered by the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA), on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and by Innovate UK in the UK. The programme will provide grant funding to help participants to build sustainable research partnerships and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new Intellectual Property (IP) and developing technology prototypes/processes leading to economic growth and societal benefit.
Applications invited for Collaborative industrial R&D projects up to 2 years in duration – with the aim of future commercialisation.

Key dates

  • Opening of the Request for Proposals/Competition: 21 November 2014
  • Closing of registration (applicants need to have registered their intention to submit an application): 8 April 2015
  • Closing of the Request for  Proposals/Competition: 15 April 2015
  • Release date of Request For Proposal/Competition results: August 2015 

Who can apply?

The programme is open to Indian & UK based businesses of all sizes and research & academic organisations working in collaboration with business partners. The minimum collaboration desired is one business from India working in collaboration with one business from the UK. The joint project has to be led by businesses, with a lead business partner from India and the UK. 

Eligible Indian Applicants

  • The Indian Project Lead (IPL) company applying for the project must be incorporated in India under the Companies Act 1956.
  • The company must be at least 51% owned by Indian citizens over the total duration of the project.
  • The IPL should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.


  • Sole proprietors and partnership firms shall not be 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/GITA under this programme. 
Preferences would be given to:

Eligible UK Applicants

Eligible UK applicants must be based and operating in the UK.  

Areas of proposals to be funded

The India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme is open to R&D proposals aimed at tackling grand societal challenges with a route to future commercial success for the partners involved.  For this RFP/Competition the areas of focus are: 
  • Cleantech Energy 
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of the above focus areas.

Funding support to be provided to successful applicants

Funding will be limited up to 50% of the total eligible cost of the project with a limit of INR 150 Lakhs per project from Indian funding agency and £300k per project from UK funding agency over the total duration of project.
In India
  • Total project funding as Grant for Indian applicants is a maximum of INR 150 Lakhs per project.
  • Indian industry share can range from INR 100 Lakhs minimum to INR 125 Lakhs maximum, if partnering with Indian R&D organisation/academic institution.
  • Indian R&D organisation/academic institution share can range from INR 25 Lakhs minimum to INR 50 Lakhs maximum 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.
  • 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.
  • DST funding support for the project must be matched equally (1:1) by Indian Industry and Organisation/academic institution.
  • 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.
In the UK 
  • Industry partners may receive grant up to 50% and research organisations up to 100% (80% Full Economic Cost for UK HEI's) of their part of the eligible cost on a reimbursement basis.
  • Total eligible industry cost for the UK project work must be at least 70% of the total UK eligible project cost. 
  • The total grant for UK industry partners must be at least 50% of the total UK grant requested for the project.
  • The UK funding element will be be part of the Newton Fund and therefore UK business and academic involvement must be able to demonstrate that there is economic and societal benefit to India.  

Key criteria of selection

  • The project idea to be supported should be innovative aiming to lead to a new product, process or service with clear commercial potential and, where appropriate, the generation of new IP
  • The project should have two lead companies, one from each respective country, with a desire to collaborate in R&D activities. 
  • The project should be up to 2 years in duration.

Process for selection

  1. Eligible applicants will submit their funding proposal in the prescribed format
  2. A Project Evaluation Committee (PEC), constituted by GITA in consultation with DST, and an independent group of Innovate UK assessors, will independently evaluate all the joint proposals in India and UK respectively (as per stipulated norms) and will shortlist potential awardees
  3. Shortlisted proposals from both sides will be discussed in a joint evaluation panel between DST-GITA and Innovate UK 
  4. Due diligence of shortlisted projects/ awardees will be carried out through Experts or Third Party Agencies by GITA in India, and by in-house experts in Innovate UK in the UK
  5. The final selection of project awardees will be made jointly between DST-GITA and Innovate UK, and with approval of DST, the GITA Board and Innovate UK. 
  6. On completion of all the requisite documentation, the successful projects applicants will sign agreements, with GITA (in the case of Indian organisations) and with Innovate UK (in the case of UK organisations), and will receive a Grant Sanction/Offer Letter from their respective funders.


The project partners should agree in advance on their roles, contributions, sharing of IP rights and eventual commercialisation strategy of the product, process or service. A formal collaboration agreement between the partners should be in place before the project starts.
For more information and guidance for applicants: 
Vimal Kumar
Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)
4th Floor, IGSSS Building
28, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, 
New Delhi – 110 003, India
Fax: +91 11 4577 2014 
United Kingdom
Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1UE
Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357