India-UK Industrial Waste Challenge 2017

Department of Biotechnology


Department of Biotechnology, Government of India is investing with matching resources with Innovate UK and Research Councils, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in projects that use cutting-edge solutions to reduce industrial waste in India. The aim of this competition is to encourage partnerships between the India and UK. Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Innovate UK, the Research Councils are funding this competition as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.

Projects should address reducing industrial waste and pollution, and improve value recovery from waste using biotechnology in one or more of these 5 sectors:

  • leather/​tanning/​textiles
  • municipal solid waste
  • paper and pulp
  • sewage
  • sugar cane


To apply to this Newton Fund call, your project consortium must include, as a minimum:

  • a UK-based business
  • a UK higher education institution or research council institute eligible for BBSRC/EPSRC funding
  • a Government of India supported or recognised academic institution or research organisation

Preference will be given to project consortia that also contain an Indian business partner or an Indian urban or other local government body who would be the end user of the solution, for example in municipal solid waste or sewage, although this is not mandatory.

The project must show how it meets the scope of this competition which is detailed here.

To Apply

Hard copies of the joint proposal (Three in number) must be sent to:

Dr. Sanjay Kalia, Scientist‑D,
Room No. 814, 8th Floor, block‑2,
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003, India.

For more details on application procedure, click here

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