The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) are pleased to pre-announce a joint call for collaborative projects between UK and Indian researchers. Projects will seek to enhance understanding of urban challenges and issues in India and achieve economic and social impact in India.

In order to refine the scope of the call and prioritise limited funding on the most pressing issues, the ESRC, ICSSR and RCUK (Research Councils UK) organised a workshop with academics representing institutions from across the UK and India in March 2016. Participants took part in a range of activities and discussions in order to establish key issues which would benefit from UK/India collaborative research under the Newton Fund.

The call is expected to open shortly, at which point a full specification and further information on the relevant dates will be provided.

Themes that are expected to be encouraged include:

  • urban planning, governance and management
  • formal and informal populations
  • place and space: challenges and solutions
  • health, sanitation and labour issues
  • small towns and dynamics of changes.

The ESRC has allocated up to £1.75 million, with matched resources from ICSSR. It is expected that four to six research projects will be awarded under this call.

Please see our funding opportunities for updates on this call as they become available.

UK awards will be funded through the Newton Fund - a five year programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.