Euro-India Research Centre (EIRC) is an information and service platform to facilitate collaboration between Indian and European organisations (from industry and academia) for conducting joint Research and Technology Development under the European Commission’s largest funding Programme - FP7.
EIRC is also the Functional Arm of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) National Contact Point (NCP) Network of India. EIRC not only operates in the ICT sector but also in the Environment, Energy and Biotechnology sectors covered under FP7. EIRC aims to eventually operate and provide service in the remaining sectors of FP7.
The mission of EIRC is to drive novelty and innovation, achieved by defining important work at the frontier of science and technology, through the realization of an effective collaboration among the leading Indian and European research organisations. In this mission, the EIRC is guided by the European Research Agenda with the ultimate aim of achieving the FP7 goals of growth and competitiveness.
Specific objectives of EIRC are:
EIRC as the Functional Arm of the Indian ICT NCP
The National Contact Points (NCPs) are the important entities operating in every EU nation to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in FP7. They act as a support network for the implementation of FP7 objectives in their respective regions. There are NCPs for each sector under FP7.
In India, the Ministry of Communiction & Information Technology (MCIT), Government of India was chosen as the FIRST Indian National Contact Point for the ICT Sector of FP7 in the year 2005.
The Indian NCP operated through the Indian Research Support Network (IRSN) which is constituted by ITSMA, C-DAC and IIIT-B. EIRC is the Function Arm of this NCP Network.
IIIT-B-International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
C-DAC - Center for Development of Advanced Computing
EIRC as the Functional Arm of this NCP Network is the main provider of advice and assistance. The NCP, through EIRC supports the organizations in their relevant area of interest. It supports through:
EIRC also liaises with the European Commission on behalf of their clients.