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DBT-European Commission H2020 call (2017-18)

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in collaboration with the European Commission will co- fund certain collaborative projects under the EU’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme called HORIZON 2020. The Work Programme of year 2018-2020 was launched on 27 October 2017.

DBT, India participates in Horizon 2020 as an emerging economy, and funds Indian investigators in collaboration projects. DBT and the European Commission (EC) have agreed upon a Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) which was applied for the first time in the ‘Horizon 2020’ Work programmes 2016-2017. The EU’s funding instrument for research and innovation, called ‘Horizon 2020’, is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research & innovation and it is “open to the world”. This means that researchers, universities, research organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations from across the globe can apply to participate in the activities of the Work Programme carried out mainly through calls for proposals. It has a total budget of €80 billion for the seven years of which the work programmes for the remaining period 2018-2020 represent €30 billion.

Following the EU-India Summit, which took place in New Delhi on 6 October 2017, it was agreed to upscale the CFM and extend it to a larger number of calls in the Work programmes 2018-2020.

In Section II hereunder, the CFM is explained.

In Section III, the list of calls in the Horizon 2020 Work programmes for 2017-2018, which DBT has identified for co-funding are listed. The areas selected are in line with DBTs portfolio/areas of responsibility (and orresponding to the EU’s different Work programmes as indicated between brackets) are the following: on Health Research extracts of H2020 Societal Challenge 1 on Health, demographic change and well-being) on Bioeconomy (extracts of H2020 Societal Challenge 2 on Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy); on Biomass and other related forms of energy (extracts of Societal Challenge 3 on Secure, clean and efficient energy); Green transport and impact on health (extract of Societal Challenge 5 on Smart, Green and Integrated Transport) and on Biotechnology (extracts of Pillar 2 in H2020 on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing or ‘NMBP’).

The calls are listed in the priority of the call deadlines.

N.B: Indian partners can participate on their own funds, or by using other sources of funding in the calls other than those identified by DBT.


Dr Shailja Gupta, Adviser International Cooperation
Department of Biotechnology, Room No. 811, Block-2
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 3
Tel: 91-11-24363748

Dr Sanjay Kalia, Scientist-E
Room No. 814, Block-2
Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 3

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