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A call for research that paid off

Norway and India have just agreed on funding five new ICT (Information and Communication Technology) projects. These projects are the result of a bilateral call between Norwegian and Indian institutions for increased research collaboration.

The new projects were among many project proposals submitted to the Research Council of Norway and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and were chosen for their high quality and feasibility. A focus on key-enabling technology gives cross-sectoral approach, and three of the projects that were granted funding concern “Cyber-physical security in energy infrastructure of smart cities”, “Mathematic aspects of information transmissions”, and “Resilient and optimal micro-energy-grids”.

The projects cover collaboration from north to south in both Norway and India. Among the Norwegian partners are the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), The Arctic University of Norway (UIT), University of Agder and SINTEF. Among the Indian partners are IITs, IIITs, IISc and a deemed University found all across India; Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Allahabad and Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu.  

The five ICT projects are part of the Norwegian Programme for Research Cooperation with India (INDNOR), funded by the Research Council of Norway. INDNOR collaborates with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in India, as well as with other Indian funding partners. The INDNOR programme focuses on strengthening long-term, bilateral research cooperation between Norway and India, by combining research and innovation within international political issues, climate, clean energy and social development.

As many as fifty applications were submitted to the Research Council of Norway, under the call of granting about NOK 43 million (USD 5.5 million) to Indo-Norwegian research projects on ICT. The applications were reviewed in parallel by the Department of Science and Technology in India and the IKTPLUSS allocation committee in Norway, and chosen in a joint decision. These projects will strengthen the research collaboration between India and Norway.

Read more about the projects here.