EU-Indian S&T Collaboration

EU-India S&T Cooperation

In the era of rapid internationalization of science and technology, EU-India science and technology cooperation have considerably improved over a decade, with the signature of the EU-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement supported by regular revision and updating of joint S&T priorities. Science and technology represents a central element in the EU-India strategic partnership. Research cooperation started in the mid-80s, and the first science and technology cooperation agreement was signed in 2001 and extended in 2009.  

Since the signature of the EU-India Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation in 2001, India has become one of the major partners of the EU in the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. India currently ranks 5th, both in terms of participation and of total amount of EU financial contribution received. Currently, over 225 Indian partners are involved in 150 projects in the seventh Framework Programme (FP7). These projects were funded with some € 337 million from the Framework Programme of which some € 30 million went directly to Indian partners. Key areas of cooperation with India include Health (57 projects), Environment (37), ICT (30) and Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (30).

Cooperation includes a number of "coordinated calls", where both partners select and finance participants in parallel in key areas of mutual interest. These include computational material sciences (financial participation of 5M€ each by India and the EU), food and nutrition research (3M€ each) solar energy research (5M€ each) and more recently in water and bio-resources in the context of the EU/MS-India Pilot Initiative (16M€ each). A new pilot initiative, the Strategic Forum for international S&T cooperation (SFIC), aims at making Europe’s international research policy towards non-EU countries more effective and coherent through enhanced dialogue and cooperation between the European Commission, EU member states and other major partner countries outside Europe. The SFIC    chose India as the first strategic partner country with which it started implementing its first pilot initiative.

Mobility and training of researchers is another key aspect of long term EU-India cooperation, with over 350 Indian Researchers currently participating in Marie Curie actions.

For EU-India S&T Agreements documents, go to the download section.

EU-India Bilateral S&T agreements

India has had bi-lateral S&T cooperation agreements with all the larger European countries and also with majority of the smaller EU member nations. India Gate Project has identified and mapped the bilateral agreements and has provided a database of EU-India research and innovation initiatives and programmes. These bilateral programmes are online. For more details, click here

Twelfth EU-India Summit 2012

The 12th EU-India Summit took place on 10 February 2012 in New Delhi. The EU was represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will also be present. India was represented by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. For more details click on the following links:

Documents Signed During 12th India-EU Summit


Signatory from the Indian Side

Signatory from the EU Side


Memorandum of Understanding between the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India and the  European Commission (EUROSTAT) on Statistical Co-Operation

Dr. T.C.A. Anant, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

Mr. Joao Cravinho, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to India

This agreement will facilitate greater interaction and collaboration between our experts in sharing best practices and information in the field of statistics and improve our capacities for a better informed decision-making process

India-European Union Joint Declaration on Research and Innovation Cooperation

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Planning

Mr. Karel de Gucht, 
European Commissioner for Trade


Both sides declare their resolve to moving up a gear in their research and innovation cooperation, fully exploiting its potential towards finding solutions to common societal challenges, and mobilising Indian and European stakeholders to define a strategic "Indo-European Research and Innovation Partnership" by the end of 2012


Indo-EU Research and Innovation Partnership 2012 - EU Member States and India deepen science and business links – A conference

The ministerial was held on the margins of a two-day conference on June 1 2012 that brought together some 200 policymakers, researchers and businesses. Both sides recognized the importance to involve business and other research actors in defining and implementing the agenda. Particular attention was given to promote cooperation between European and Indian SMEs notably for the co-development and for deployment of affordable and innovative products and services.

The Stakeholders Conference and ministerial were the first concrete follow up to the Joint Declaration on Research and Innovation at the EU-India Summit of 10 February 2012. The ministerial was held under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the EU. Participants included: Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Indian Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and – representing the past and future EU presidencies - Barbara Kudrycka, Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education representing and Mr. Stavros Malas, Cypriot Minister of Health. The next ministerial will be held in India in 2014.

For more information on the conference, click here.


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EU-India FP7 - 2013 topics of interest for collaboration

Major scientific conference and networking event on water related challenges for more info-