In the field of lifesciences, the Indo-European relationship is in line with European Union Delegation to India's global Research and Innovation (R&I) collaboration, notably under the Framework Programmes (FPs) of the European Commission (FP7 and others in the past, now ‘Horizon 2020' for the period 2014-20), under which health has been a prominent thematic area (approximately total funding of over €6 billion under FP7).
The lifesciences and biotechnology are two sectors in which India has cooperation agreements with as many as 18 EU member states.
"Under the new Indo-European partnership on R&I which was officially agreed and developed by Indian authorities, for example, DST and DBT, along with the European Commission and several EU member states, three key themes were identified including, health, water and energy," says Dr Denis Dambois, head, research and innovation, Delegation of the European Union to India.
"Out of the three, ‘health' has been considered as the most important one. Within this ‘health' theme, diabetes is taken as the main sub-theme. It is a topic in which the EU is also investing serious efforts on its own," adds Dr Dambois.
India and EU Member States represent approximately 1.2 billion and 0.6 billion inhabitants respectively, whose expectations for increased quality of life and reduction of disease burdens are high.