Researcher Link Workshop is a building block for international development - relevant research collaborations between early career researchers from India and UK. The programme gives financial support to bring together a UK and India cohort of early career researchers in a workshop with a potential for long term sustainability. The workshop over the years have resulted in building strong and long lasting working relationships between Indian and UK HEIs in areas that directly benefit Indian economic and social prosperity. 

Researcher Links Workshop Grants 2020

British Council through Newton Bhabha Fund had announced Researcher Links Workshop Grants 2020. The workshop has been designed in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology (DBT),Indian Council of Medical Research. 

Results are out for Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Link Workshop Grants (2020-21).

Result - list of successful applications

British Council in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Medical Sciences (ICMR) is pleased to announce results for the Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Link Workshop Grants 2020-21. Please click here to view the list of successful applications 2020-21.

Priority areas - DBT

A. Agriculture and allied areas: Focus on

  • Post-harvest processing and handling, (e.g. sustainable packaging, increasing shelf life, etc.)
  • Farmed animal and aquaculture diseases
  • Offshore farming technologies 

B. Environment and Circular Bio-economy: Focus on

  • Impact of climate change on health/wellbeing; biodiversity loss
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Plastic alternatives
  • Translating academic innovations
  • Bio-hybrid solar cells

C. Biotechnology-education: research/policy for accelerated development of the sector

D. Health: Focus on

  • Accelerated vaccine development
  • Advanced biomaterial applications, nano/micro-motors
  • Brain research, neurobiology, brain-computer interphase
  • Aging and age-related disorders
  • Immuno-engineering
  • Metabolic engineering for pharmaceutical production

E. Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning: Focus on

  • Health (epidemic predictions, medical risk prediction, and reduction during humanitarian disasters/emergencies)
  • Agriculture, Aquaculture, Marine and Animal products (post-harvest supply chain management)
  • Genomics and personalized medicine

Priority areas - ICMR

  1. Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in Covid-19 infections 
  2. Bio-banking
  3. Public health preparedness and response to emerging disease outbreak/pandemic
  4. Capacity building of maternity care providers to improve perinatal outcome

Eligibility criteria

  • Not‑for‑profit higher education institutions or publicly funded research organisations that have Leading or Established Researchers are eligible to apply as Lead institutions.
  • Leading or Established Researchers from above-mentioned category of institutions can apply to be Principal Applicants (as defined by the European commission - download information).
  • Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK, and one from India.

Please refer to the detailed eligibility criteria in the call guidelines.


British Council will cover:

  • International travel per UK participant 

DBT and ICMR will cover:

  • Domestic travel per Indian participant
  • Subsistence costs for all UK and Indian participants
  • Event costs for all UK and Indian participants
  • Additional workshop costs

Additional information - Universities UK International (UUKi)

Universities UK International (UUKi) Match Making Service

UUKi offers partner matching service to help connect Newton partner country researchers to potential UK partners for Researcher Link workshop Grant call. Those who would like assistance with finding a UK partner can complete UUKi’s Partner Request Form on the UUKi website, before 15 May 2020. UUKi is then able to suggest UK researchers or research groups that have similar research interests and expertise.


All queries to be addressed to the Researcher Links email address UK-ResearcherLinks@britishcouncil.org and /or purti.kohli@britishcouncil.org. Please specify that you are enquiring about the Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Links Workshops call.