INNO INDIGO is a horizontal ERA-Net between Europe and India, funded by the European Commission (EC) under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for research and technological development. It is the successor project of New INDIGO (2009-2013), which successfully implemented schemes for EU-India transnational calls for proposals (New INDIGO Partnership Programme). The calls have developed from simple networking and mobility funding towards the funding of research projects open for Small and Middle size enterprises (SME) involvement. Through these activities, the EU-India Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation has already been put on a smooth track by the regular publication of joint transnational calls.
INNO INDIGO has 11 consortium partners from Europe and 3 from India, namely, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology and Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA). Its main objective is the implementation of transnational Indo-European Joint Call for Proposals in which funding agencies from India, EU member states and associated states can participate.
Within the framework of INNO INDIGO, the implementation of three calls for proposals is foreseen. Beyond the preparation and implementation of joint calls one central aim is to optimize the outreach of INNO INDIGO and facilitate the networking of funding organizations in Europe and India.
INNO INDIGO will offer opportunities for interested funding organizations to participate in all steps towards the implementation and management of EU-India transnational calls. The experiences from the past five years will be used in order to further enhance EU-India cooperation, as well as in order to support and further develop bilateral as well as multilateral activities. There are various new elements addressed in the INNO INDIGO ERA-Net as e.g. how to bring ideas to market, how to support young researchers, how to develop new forms of collaboration, etc.
INNO INDIGO will also consider input from other relevant sources like the Government of India, the European Commission or the EU-MS/AS.
Through the various approaches of joint funding, it has been construed that new EU-India funding mechanisms are technically feasible, and attractive and they add value to the collaboration, with positive outcomes. The next step would be to develop mechanisms which have higher relevance and create higher impact and outreach aiming at the development of a persisting, non-project-based institutional implementation.
INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP) supports India-European multilateral research and networking projects. Over its lifetime, INNO INDIGO will implement at least one transnational Call for Proposals per year.IPP1 was on ‘Clean Water and Health’ and IPP2 was on ‘Diagnostics and interventions in chronic non-communicable diseases’. The eligible projects can have a maximum duration of 3 years and funding is around € 150,000 per partner/ per country.
- Innovation related approaches: INNO INDIGO focuses on the involvement of SMEs/Industries as well as Clusters/Networks of Excellence/Competence
- Regions: INNO INDIGO will connect its efforts to the support of “Innovation” as a task mainly assisted by the “regions” in Europe and India and to involve regions as funding partners
- Provide budget for research: INNO INDIGO will focus on motivating funding organizations in Europe and India to participate in joint calls for proposals
- Visibility: INNO INDIGO endeavours to be a common platform for European and Indian funding organizations to finance jointly research and innovation, especially for EU countries that do not have bilateral programmes with India and develop visions on new forms of collaboration
- Policy driven: INNO INDIGO will translate policy decisions from different sources (EU-MS, India Government, Regions, SME-Associations, SFIC and the India-EU Group of Senior Officials) into practical and tangible funding mechanisms.