Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation in India – call for proposals 2015

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) are pleased to invite applications to the Joint Network on Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation in India Call.

This call is to establish the UK lead and participants in an ongoing UK-India networking programme. The aim of the programme is to enable UK centres of excellence in urban research to build links with counterparts in India and develop a vibrant community in this area. This call is envisaged to be the first stage in a longer term UK-India research programme in sustainable cities and rapid urbanisation.

Funding is available to support a single award, led by an established UK centre of excellence in receipt of significant RCUK investment for interdisciplinary research directly relevant to sustainable cities and urbanisation. To be eligible, applicants must currently be in receipt of RCUK funding.

Please note the consortium which will represent the Indian side of the network has been appointed by NIUA based on their expertise and findings from an RCUK India and Science & Innovation Network mapping exercise of research expertise within India in the field of Sustainable Cities and Rapid Urbanisation. This call is to identify the UK side of the network.

The purpose of the award is to provide pump-priming funds to strengthen existing links and build new ones between researchers in the UK and India. Specific objectives that underpin the scheme are:

  • To establish a multi-institutional and interdisciplinary network and to build long-term partnerships between UK and Indian Centres of Excellence.
  • To develop a UK-India research dialogue in the area of sustainable cities and rapid urbanisation.
  • To promote mobility and develop capacity, thus contributing to the development of an internationally networked cohort of researchers who have the skills to work globally.
  • Develop research and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development, sustainable urbanisation and welfare of developing countries.
  • To organise workshops and networking events which engage the wider UK-India academic community.
  • To promote engagement beyond academia, including but not limited to private sector organisations, NGO’s and relevant policy makers in both the UK and India.

More details on the call and how to apply can be found on the RCUK website.