The Department has announced an ambitious 5-year bilateral collaborative research initiative with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) that will focus on affordability of cancer prevention and care, and the potential to make significant progress against cancer consequences. Both CRUK and the DBT will invest £5m (~47 Crores INR) each in this initiative. This initiative will bring together leading Indian and UK experts to identify a core set of research challenges under the theme “affordable approaches to cancer”.
The Department is collaborating with National Cancer Institute of AIIMS, ICMR, DBT and National Cancer Institute of NIH for cooperation on Cancer Research, Prevention, Control and Management The main aim of the collaboration is to promote and conduct high quality cancer research in order to strengthen the evidence base necessary for cancer prevention, treatment and management. As one of the action points emerging out of various discussions with the NCI, it is proposed to establish an International Collaborative Research Center (ICRC) at National Cancer Institute, AIIMS, New Delhi. The aim of this centre will be: Translational research in prevention and cure of India centric cancers like tobacco related cancers, carcinoma gall bladder and carcinoma cervix. Besides these cancers, the centre would also focus on common cancers like breast cancer, carcinoma lung and evolving trends in cancer diagnostics and treatment.
The Department is collaborating with Australia’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) since 2006. The Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund supports Indian and Australian scientists, from both the public and private sectors, to collaborate on leading edge science and technology in order to contribute to the economic, social and environmental well being of both countries. Under this collaboration joint call once a year is announced in the priority areas after mutual consent between the two departments. DIIS funds the Australian investigators and DBT funds the Indian Investigators of the project.
Startup, Innovation & IPR division of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has undertaken a slew of proactive, pre-emptive and graded measures to spur the technology led startup-innovation ecosystem in the country and giving an impetus to the new and emerging technologies. In tune with the changing dynamics, this proactive approach builds from established best practices designed to strengthen the overall tech startup development infrastructure by overcoming persistent bottlenecks. Some of the major initiatives have been elucidated here: