Current projects

1) NAMASTE – India

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India with EU under the umbrella of the EU-India S&T Cooperation Agreement.

NAMASTE Project will adopt tailored valorization strategies driven by global market opportunities of bran (rice, wheat) and fruit (citrus, mango, pomegranate, etc.) processing by-products, largely produced but poorly valorized both in Europe and in India. It aims at developing eco-efficient processes leading to the valorization of by-products on the basis of a strategy dealing with the formulation and characterization of new foods (fiber-based foods and functional beverage) and a feed for fish. Specific activities will be aimed at the selective recovery of naturally-obtained ingredients, aroma and protein-enriched fibers in a series of processes that would contribute to both the formulation of new foods/feeds and to the improvement of food process sustainability, according to the priorities of the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy.

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2) India Gate

Supporting the EU access to third country programmes (FP7-INCO-2009- 5, (ACCESS4EU).

The main objective of the INDIA GATE project is to increase the S&T cooperation between India and the EU by creating a “one-stop shop” for funding opportunities that are available in India for European organisations. The INDIA GATE project will identify Indian research and innovation funding programmes, the obstacles that inhibit EU researchers and organizations from taking part in the identified opportunities and make the information available in a user-friendly manner to stimulate, encourage and facilitate participation.

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3) Synchroniser

FP7-ICT-2009.9.1: International Cooperation – target outcome (a)

The aim of the project is to enhance the impact of EU-India policy dialogues, on Information Communication & Technologies, through appropriate forms of involvement of the scientific communities and stakeholders. This project provides research dimension to the existing priorities and identifying long term research perspective and areas for co-funding opportunities. It also gives substance to the policy backing by organizing an effective cooperation multiplier through events, publications and services to the scientific community of India and to increase the participation of India in FP to be more effective.

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