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The EU-India Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation concluded in 2001 and renewed in 2010, is the cornerstone of the cooperation in the fields of research and innovation between India and the EU. In this framework a large-scale research and innovation activities have been implemented and more are encouraged.
Horizon 2020 is broadly open to Indian participation, whether in classical collaborative projects, in mobility support actions or in European Research Council’s grants. As India is one of the “Industrialised countries and emerging economies” the cooperation with the EU will focus on jointly tackle global challenges and on the development of enabling technologies.
Furthermore India will participate to the programme under the same conditions and financial rules for participation as their peers from other emerging economies and industrialised countries. This means that in most cases, Indian scientists will not be automatically funded as was the case in FP7 and that they will need to cover their participation costs in Horizon 2020 projects with their own funds.
However, Indian participants will still be eligible as members of consortia and will be able to participate with other sources of funding or under specific conditions with EU funding.
In April 2016, the European Commission and the Indian Department of Biotechnology announced a new co-founding mechanism for research and innovation cooperation. Under this co-funding mechanism (CFM), a maximum of three crore rupees (30,000,000) per project will be made available by DBT to successful Indian participants in joint collaborative projects with European partners under Horizon 2020.