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Policy background

Cooperation on research and innovation with India is governed by the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed in 2001. It was renewed for the third time on 17 May 2020, for a further 5 years.

Implementing the agreement is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee co-chaired by the Director General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

In line with the EU Strategy on international cooperation on research and innovation called Europe’s Global Approach, the EU is open to more cooperation with India, a like-minded country respecting fundamental values such as academic freedom, gender equality, research integrity and ethics, open science and the rule of law.

EU-India partnership roadmap

At the EU-India Summit on 15 July 2020, the EU-India Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025 was adopted. The roadmap guides the EU and India on joint actions and further strengthening the EU-India Strategic Partnership over the next 5 years.

The roadmap contains many research and innovation actions underpinning overall policy objectives, notably on combatting Covid-19, supporting India’s modernisation process, the green transition and human-centric digitalisation. In addition, the roadmap mentions the importance of engaging with India on social sciences and humanities, the desire to increase two-way mobility of students and researchers and to consider gender equality in science.

Both sides also agreed to enhance cooperation on innovation and technology deployment by tapping into each other’s innovation ecosystem, as established under the Europe-India Innovation Partnership (EIIP). For this, the EU supports the Horizon 2020 project EU-India InnoCentre.

Areas of mutual interest

At the Science and Technology Joint Steering Committee meeting on 12 February 2021, the following areas and research topics of interest to India were mentioned:

  • health (early treatment of cancers, mental health)
  • circular economy (waste-to-energy, plastic litter)
  • electrical vehicles
  • ICT (cyber-physical-systems, artificial intelligence and robotics)
  • agriculture (post-harvest technologies, agri-food, vaccines against major livestock diseases)
  • earth sciences

During the EU-India Leaders’ Meeting on 8 May 2021, both sides committed to step-up cooperation on research and innovation in areas of mutual interest, in particular on the green transition, digital agenda and global health challenges

The EU-India Connectivity Partnership adopted on 8 May 2021, encourages both India and the EU to increase the two-way mobility of students and researchers under the People-to-People building block of the Connectivity Strategy with India.

The EU strategy on Cooperation with the Indo-Pacific Region confirms the principle of engaging with India on research and innovation as set out in the Global Approach.

The first Ministerial meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) with India took place in Brussels on 16 May 2023. The EU and India agreed to deepen cooperation among 2 strong economic and trusted partners on the trade nexus technology issues.

Trade and Technology Council with India

The TTC that was established on 6 February 2023 relies on the work of 3 working groups:

1. Strategic technologies, digital governance and digital connectivity

2. Green and clean energy technologies

3. Trade, investment and resilient value chains

In line with the Terms of Reference of the Working Group 2 on Green and Clean energy technologies, with a focus on research and innovation, investment and standards, it was agreed to start work on the following 3 areas:

(1) Tackling waste management of water, plastic marine litter and waste to energy, in particular to green hydrogen

(2) E-mobility and battery performance and recycling

(3) Standards, as a cross-cutting issue to valorise the results of investment in research and innovation

The importance to involve start-ups and SMEs was also highlighted as well as skill development and capacity building.

All work will start with workshops to share knowledge and best practices and do gap analyses so as to establish activities of mutual interest for further cooperation.

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Factsheet: EU-India Relations