Joint collaborative research projects involving Indian and European research teams can be supported by different schemes:

‒     Horizon 2020, the new Research and Innovation Framework Programme of the European Commission,

‒     EU-India coordinated calls for proposals (published under Horizon 2020),

‒     the Inno Indigo multilateral funding platform, and

‒     bilateral initiatives of EU member states.

  • Horizon 2020

As the previous EU Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020 (2014-20) offers a broad range of collaboration opportunities to Indian researchers from the public and private sectors. For more information on Horizon 2020, see the related website, which includes in particular:

    • general reference documents such as all chapters of the Work Programme 2014-15, model grant agreements, etc., and
    • "Participant Portal" which provides potential participants with the necessary information and IT tools to concretely apply for participation in Horizon 2020.
    • Co-funding from DST and DBT is available for Indian participants in specific calls for proposals.
  • Co-ordinated calls for proposals

Under the previous EU framework programme ("FP7" – 2007-13), five "coordinated calls for proposals" totalling 60 M€ have been successfully organised by the EU and India, with roughly equal participation and funding from each side.  Under Horizon 2020 as well (for the EU side), a number of coordinated calls should be organised jointly with Indian authorities.  Under this scheme, each side is funding its own participants. New calls will be published on the website as and when made public.

  • Inno Indigo multilateral funding platform

Until 2013,New Indigo provided both information on research collaborations between India and the EU, and funding for collaborative projects, through specific calls for proposals. Funding for the joint research projects was provided by several EU member states and India (DST, DBT).

From 2014, this project is being extended/replaced by Inno Indigo, while the new Indigo Policy provides assistance at policy level (both until 2016).

  • Bilateral opportunities offered by EU member states

Information on funding opportunities offered by the EU and its Member States can be found in a detailed Overview of EU and member states R&I cooperation with India .

For more information on EU Member States' R&I policies and funding opportunities, please visit their respective websites:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom

  • History

Under FP7, the previous Framework Programme of the European Commission (2007-13), Indian participation has been quite strong:

  • More than 200 Indian entities participated in collaborative R&D projects (see catalogue ), receiving about 40 M€ of EU funding;
  • 5 coordinated calls for proposals were jointly organised with Indian authorities, resulting in several additional joint projects;
  • About 1600 Indian researchers enjoyed Marie Curie fellowships (promoting the mobility of researchers);
  • 173 Indian nationals applied for an ERC grant, of which 18 received one. The European Research Council (ERC) – a new component of FP7 – focuses on fundamental research and aims at stimulating scientific excellence.

This comprehensive brochure pdf - 632 KB [632 KB]   summarises a broad range of collaboration opportunities open to Indian researchers and research organisations – especially under the new Horizon 2020 programme, but also under other schemes.

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