RFP For Indian Researchers For Water Quality Research Programme


Organisation:  Ministry of Science and Technology

Apply By:  30 Nov . -0001


RFP For Indian Researchers For Water Quality Research Programme
 

Summary

India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering (EPSRC) invite proposals to a new providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels. The UK component of the programme has a budget of £4.2m terms of research effort by DST. This collaboration is supported by the Newton Governments of the UK and India to provide a framework for increasing research and innovation collaborations that support sustainable eco Proposals are sought for collaborative research projects involving researchers from both the UK and India. Applicants can request up to £450k (80% FEC) for the UK component of a project, and the equivalent in terms of research effort from DS The maximum duration of project 2018.

Programme Scope

The aim of this programme is to improve water quality in India by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels.

To address these challenges the programme will support 8-10 projects focussing on one or more of the following research areas:

 Improving our ability to determine the presence of pollutants in water courses. The scope of this research area includes:

  • Development of novel sensors to detect and monitor pollutants;
  • Adaptation and modification of sensors to improve performance or to enable them to be deployed in Indian environments; and
  • The design and testing of sensor networks.

Understanding of the transport, transformation, interactions and fate of pollutants, including both established and emerging contaminants. The scope of this research area includes:

  • Field and laboratory studies to ascertain the pathways and evolution of pollutants in water courses;
  • Development of new models to aid understanding and management of water quality; and
  • Determining how variables, such as land-use and rainfall patterns, influence water quality.

Developing novel approaches to reduce or prevent pollution at source. The scope of this research area includes:

  • Development of novel treatment approaches and technologies, for rural and urban areas;
  • Exploring the potential for resource recovery from waste to reduce the level of pollutants reaching the environment; and
  • Understanding the impact of treatments and removal of contaminants, for example quantifying how pollution levels change and how quickly, or determining if treatments create new pollution issues.

Eligibility

Indian researchers

5 Researchers in India should be a regular faculty in Indian academic or public funded R&D institutions. Potential Indian partners should contact DST directly 

How to apply

 Notification of Intent-  A Notification of Intent to submit a proposal must be submitted for all potential applicants to the call and sent to waterquality@nerc.ac.uk, by 16:00 BST / 20:30 IST 30 March 2017

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