The final showcasing events for the three Indo-European partnership projects funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, INNO INDIGO (2013–2017), INDIGO POLICY (2013–2017) and the EU-India Platform for the Social Science and Humanities EqUIP (2014–2017) were held in April. The events brought together a multilevel group of science, technology and innovation stakeholders from Europe and India and presented a wide range of successful outcomes of the projects.
The three projects have improved the environment for research collaboration between India and Europe through intensified communication and networking events and by identifying common research priorities. The Academy of Finland participated actively in implementing the projects.
INNO INDIGO and INDIGO POLICY, the two back-to-back projects, shared many joint activities. For instance, the projects organised annual STI Cooperation Days for European and Indian researchers and other stakeholders. The key achievements of the two projects are illustrated in the final report Enhancing Indo-European Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.
One of the main activities of INNO INDIGO was to run annual multilateral joint calls for research proposals between Europe and India based on the funding scheme developed during the preceding project New INDIGO (2009–2013). The New Indigo and INNO INDIGO projects funded altogether 54 Indo-European research and innovation projects with a total funding volume of more than 21 million euros. The projects connected researchers from at least 13 countries. The Academy of Finland funded Finnish researchers in three calls: Water-Related Challenges (2011), Energy Research (2013) and Bioenergy (2016).
On 10 April 2017, the Academy of Finland organised a kick-off seminar with project presentations and networking opportunities for researchers in the bioenergy field. The seminar attracted some 40 funded researchers from Finland, Germany, India and Estonia. Five of the six funded research projects included a Finnish partner.
The first three-year period of EqUIP has ended. Its showcase event, Research with Impact, was organised in Brussels on 24–25 April, presenting results and future steps from 16 organisations across Europe and India.
EqUIP is the first research collaboration platform between India and the EU specifically dedicated to the social sciences and humanities. During the first three years, EqUIP was funded as a CSA project under FP7 and coordinated by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK.
The Academy of Finland also participated actively in the EqUIP project. Professor Kia Lindroos from the Academy’s Research Council for Culture and Society said: “EqUIP has produced dialogue with added value among European and Indian researchers in various fields, laying the ground for future research collaboration.’’. The Academy organised one of the six EqUIP symposia, Sustainable Prosperity, Well-being and Innovation, in Helsinki in June 2016.
The next activity of EqUIP is to launch a joint call for proposals under the theme ‘Sustainability, Equity, wellbeing and cultural connections’. The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and nine other organisations from Europe and India have reserved funding for the call. The pre-announcement will be published in May and the call will be open from August to November. The Academy of Finland has reserved 500,000 euros in funding for Finnish researchers.