International collaboration plays a critical part in achieving the goals through a global lens. It allows for germination and cross-pollination of ideas which enables a broader approach with a larger base of use cases.
On May 24, 2022, The President of The United States, Mr. Joe Biden met with The Indian Prime Minister,, Mr. Narendra Modi in Tokyo to reaffirm their commitment to work together for a more prosperous, free, connected, and secure world. The leaders reviewed the progress made in the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.
The White House has released a Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Modi. Referring to the recent U.S.-India Collaborative Research Program launched by Technology Innovation Hubs (supported by the Department of Science and Technology of India) and National Science Foundation, USA, the readout says:
“The U.S. plans to join six of India’s Technology Innovation Hubs to support at least 25 joint research projects in 2022 in areas such as artificial intelligence and data science to advance progress in applications such as agriculture, health and climate. The U.S. National Science Foundation and Department of Science and Technology of India will deepen this cooperation through the new U.S.-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology.”
U.S.-India Collaborative Research Program has been initiated by National Science Foundation (NSF), USA and Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) at IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Jodhpur, IIT BHU and ISI Kolkata; supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical System (NM-ICPS).
U.S.-India collaborative projects at the intersection of research areas (e.g., AI, data science, edge computing, computer vision, IoT, and controls) and application areas (e.g., agriculture, health, climate, robotics, and future manufacturing) could accelerate the development of new technologies, tools, and systems for the mutual benefit of both societies and economies. This is an effort to support research collaborations via a joint U.S.-India funding opportunity.
In March 2022, NSF sponsored a two-day workshop that brought 100 scientists and engineers from the United States and India together to inspire new research collaborations in coordination with the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and DST.