Funding for the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) delivered by a joint Secretariat, by Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) has been extended to three years.

The additional funding was announced by the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, and Indian Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Y S Chowdary, as part of a broader range of support UK-India research and innovation partnership at the National Science Centre, New Delhi on November 1st.

The IUKWC, initially a one-year pilot to promote cooperation and collaboration in water security research has been extended for a further two years. This allows the centre to continue to:

  • Expand and harness the abilities of the Centre’s existing network of over 350 India-UK water scientists
  • Fund collaborative science workshops on topics identified by the community
  • Support further research exchanges between the two countries
  • Conduct User Engagement Initiatives to bring researchers and stakeholders together
  • Support Pump Priming Projects

The extension will enable funding of a new activity that will bring researchers and stakeholders together earlier in the research design process to facilitate co-production and co-design of future research. This breadth of activity to bring researchers together and engage stakeholders at all stages of research activity are aimed at more effectively supporting policy, economic progress and human well-being.

Over the three-year period, the Centre will have received UK-based funding from NERC amounting to c£500k with equivalent support from the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences.

For further information regarding the IUKWC visit www.iukwc.org

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