Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and
The European Union (EU)
Cooperation on Research & Innovation in HORIZON 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in collaboration with the European Commission will co- fund certain collaborative
projects under the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme called HORIZON 2020. The Work Programme of year 2018-2020 was launched on 27 October 2017.
DBT, India participates in Horizon 2020 as an emerging economy, and funds Indian investigators in collaboration projects. DBT and the European Commission (EC) have agreed upon a Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) which was applied for the first time in the 'Horizon 2020' Work programmes 2016-2017.
The EU's funding instrument for research and innovation, called 'Horizon 2020', is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research & innovation and it is "open to the world". This means that researchers, universities, research organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations from across the globe can apply to participate in the activities of the Work Programme carried out mainly through calls for proposals. It has a total budget of €80 billion for the seven years of which the work programmes for the remaining period 2018-2020
represent €30 billion.