Thursday, September 06, 2012

India collaborates with European countries for research in social sciences

India entered into its first multi-lateral social science research collaboration with four European countries recently when a set of projects for networking and social science research cooperation was approved between researchers in India and those countries.

The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has tied up with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Social scientists can obtain national funding to collaborate with partners in Europe through a scheme. This is expected to help avoid bureaucratic obstacles and restrictions associated with other types of European funding. The scheme is open to proposals in any area of the social sciences, resulting in a portfolio of projects that are expected to influence policy and push boundaries of our understanding of individual and social behaviour, according to a release.

The networking projects are expected to rationalise and economise Europe’s efforts to engage with India to produce good quality, high-impact social science research addressing major global challenges such as economic growth, development, energy, climate change, health and well-being.

The first joint call in May last year under this India-Europe initiative resulted in funding of six projects over a period of three years. All projects have an Indian partner and five have a UK partner and other European partners. The six projects awarded funding will cover areas such as ageing, wellbeing, bullying, pupil-safety, globally accessible medicine, mapping the cultural authority of science and climate governance.

Source: The Hindu, September 6, 2012

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