Enhancing Indo-European Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation. The key achievements of INNO INDIGO and INDIGO POLICY
India-EU relations date back to the early 1960s. Since then, the partnership has grown extensively and resulted in a strategic partnership which covers numerous areas. One of the most important areas of cooperation is Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
Several bibliometric studies3 have shown that the annual number of India-Europe co-publications has increased steeply over the last decade. In fact, this figure has quadrupled in this time4. Europe is the most important co-publication partner for India, even ahead of the US. India and the EU have become important research and innovation partners: for instance, India participated in 181 FP7 projects involving 305 Indian participants receiving about €35.8 m from the European Commission.
Still, bilateral activities between India and individual EU Member States and associated countries outweigh multilateral cooperation. Yet, projects such as INNO INDIGO and INDIGO POLICY funded under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) have
made a visible contribution in building the international dimension of the European Research Area (ERA).
The INNO INDIGO and INDIGO POLICY projects, which were launched in 2013, brought together a multi-level group of stakeholders from Europe and India in order to strengthen and further enhance the STI collaboration between the EU and India.
In this publication, some of the major achievements and contributions of the INDIGO projects to the Indo-European STI partnership are presented. These include for example the joint funding schemes for Indo-European research projects in various thematic areas of importance to both regions such
as health, energy and water; publications aimed at supporting evidence-based decision making resulting from sound analytical research on topics such as innovation landscapes and STI policies in India and Europe, technology transfer and networking initiatives aiming at linking Indian and
European communities in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation.