The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter encouraging joint U.S.-India research projects involving U.S. Principal Investigators (PIs) and Indian PIs affiliated with the Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems. U.S.-India collaborative projects at the intersection of research areas (e.g., AI, data science, edge computing, computer vision, IoT, and controls) and application areas (e.g., agriculture, health, climate, robotics, and future manufacturing) could accelerate the development of new technologies, tools, and systems for the mutual benefit of both societies and economies.
The Building Collaborations workshop, supported by the National Science Foundation, will facilitate new bilateral collaborations, helping to accelerate research and innovation, advance the frontiers of science, and strengthen the S&T engagement between the world's two largest democracies.
Accepting Applications: Building Collaborations: U.S. – India Workshop
Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
The Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) are part of a five-year, Rs 3200 crore (~$430 million USD) investment by DST under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and comprise academic researchers and industry partners.
The six TIHs participating in the joint funding opportunity have provided a slide deck addressing Mission and Goals, Research Themes, Faculty Expertise, and a list of keywords to help U.S. PIs identify suitable partners.
Information about the TIHs and links to the presentation are provided below:
Please click here for a presentation highlighting NSF’s programs and details about the funding opportunity.
Who should Apply to Participate in the Workshop?
U.S. PIs with active NSF awards (please refer below to the list of eligible programs) may register for the Workshop. All PIs are encouraged to review the information about the TIHs and their research themes provided above.
Eligible NSF programs:
- Computer Systems Research
- Cyber-Physical Systems
- Human-Centered Computing
- Information Integration and Informatics
- Robust Intelligence
- Foundational Research in Robotics
- Smart and Connected Communities
- Energy, Power, Control, and Networks
- Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems
Please Note: The Technology Innovation Hubs will select the list of Indian participants.
Workshop Application Process
If you have an active NSF grant through one of the nine eligible programs, have familiarized yourself with the work of the participating Technology Innovation Hubs, and hope to find an Indian partner with whom to submit coordinated proposals for funding, we invite you to submit an application.
If applying, please be prepared to answer questions about your active NSF grant, your research expertise, the top 3 TIHs you would like to interact with during the workshop, and a brief description of potential areas for collaboration. Applications will be reviewed internally by the Organizing Committee, Innovation Lab mentors and NSF Program Officers. All research-related information will be kept confidential.
Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 50 applicants until March 1.
All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list. If the meeting capacity is increased, NSF will review the wait-listed applications and make the final selection.
Links to Funding Opportunity Announcement
- National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter
- I-Hub Foundation for Cobotics (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)
- TIH Foundation for IoT and IoE (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
- Pravartak Technologies Foundation for Sensor, Networking, Actuators and Control Systems (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
- iHub Drishti Foundation for Computer Vision, Augmented and Virtual Reality (Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur)
- IDEAS - Institute of Data Engineering, Analytics, and Science Foundation (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
- IDAPT (Data Analytics and Predictive Technology) Hub Foundation (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi)
Workshop Organizing Committee
Dr. Vipin Chaudhary
Kevin J. Kranzusch Professor and Chair
Department of Computer and Data Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Nandini Kannan
Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum