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Proposals are invited under India-UK Industrial Waste Challenge 2017
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Indian organisations can apply for funding to DBT to work with UK partners on biotechnology solutions for industrial waste challenges in India.

  • Competition opens: Tuesday 20 June 2017
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:00 pm

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India is investing with matching resources with Innovate UK and Research Councils, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in projects that use cutting-edge solutions to reduce industrial waste in India.
The aim of this competition is to encourage partnerships between the India and UK. Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Innovate UK, the Research Councils are funding this competition as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.

Projects should address reducing industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in one or more of these 5 sectors:

  • leather/tanning/textiles
  • municipal solid waste
  • paper and pulp
  • sewage
  • sugar cane

The total project grant will not exceed £2 million per project for UK partners. Match funding will be made available for Indian project partners by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Projects should last between 30 months and 3 years.

Projects must include one UK business and one UK higher education institution or research council institute eligible for BBSRC/EPSRC funding. You also need to partner with one Indian academic institution or research organisation. Preference will be given to project consortia that also include an Indian business partner or an Indian urban or other local government body, who would be the end user of the proposed solution.

Additional UK and Indian businesses, research and academic partners are allowed. Either a business or a research organisation (including but not limited to UK higher education institutions or research council institutes) can lead the project in the UK. Only Indian academic institutions or research organisations can lead the project in India.

Further help and information
Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are holding an optional briefing and partnering workshop on 12 July 2017 in York.

If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.
If you need more information, contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email us at

Queries from Indian organisations can be sent to the Department of Biotechnology’s Dr. Shailja Gupta ( and Dr. Sanjay Kalia (

Hard copies of the joint proposal (Three in number) must be sent to:
Dr. Sanjay Kalia, Scientist-D,
Room No. 814, 8th Floor, block-2,
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003, India.

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