Science, Technology and Innovation - India

Science, Technology and Innovation

Finding solutions together

The Netherlands has a lot to gain from enhanced collaboration with India on science, technology and innovation. We have been setting up research and innovation programs for more than a decade.

The Netherlands and India have been setting up annual research and innovation programs for more than a decade by connecting government, leading research institutes and companies, including start-ups and young entrepreneurs.

Together, we aims at addressing societal challenges in an innovative way and currently have a bilateral knowledge and innovation agenda called WAH! Besides meaning ‘great’ in Hindi, this stands for our focus sectors Water, Agriculture and Health.

At the embassy, the Netherlands Innovation Network works on building partnerships in these sectors, and concentrating on the role Key Enabling Technologies (a.o. AI, biotechnology, space technology) can play. The  Netherlands Innovation Network has its presence at the embassy in New Delhi and the consulates in Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Key cooperation projects

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Healthy re-use of urban waste water

The Department of Biotechnology India (DBT) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are working together on the ‘Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse’ (LOTUS HR) programme. Like other global cities New Delhi, with its 22 million inhabitants, can benefit immensely from improved management of freshwater reserves and proper sanitation.

Currently the metropolitan experiences water stress and heavily polluted water sources. Therefore, on the banks of the Barapullah drain, a 200m2 test site has been constructed. In this facility new treatment technologies are tested and applied to the water from the drain.

The programme started in 2016 and is a good showcase of how the India and the Netherlands are collaborating together and working on societal goals such as ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all.

It especially showcases our ecosystem approach in which not only governments work together closely, but a consortia of business partners provide technical solutions, materials and expertise, while more than 30 top researchers from both Indian as Dutch universities are actively engaged in building a new water management approach for cities across the globe.

Indo-Dutch Cyber Security School

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Launch of India’s first Cyber Security Cluster (HSC) in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Since 2015, the Netherlands Innovation Network has been working closely with the Government of Telangana, India, and The Hague Security Delta in sharing knowledge on cyber security topics, implementing best practices regarding cyber security-related issues, and combatting cyber threats and vulnerabilities that both countries face on a daily basis.

Bachelor’s and Master students, PhD candidates and young professionals from various backgrounds engage with experts and work on actual case studies and challenges posted by companies.

More information

Are you interested in the field of science, technology and innovation and looking for contacts in India? The Netherlands Innovation Network helps identify opportunities for partnerships in Innovation and R&D.

For more information, see the RVO website. You can also contact us with specific questions. Please use the contact form.