The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), has sought online applications between April 15 and May 15, 2020, for ‘COVID-19 Indo-US Virtual Networks’ that would allow Indian and US scientists and engineers currently engaged in COVID-related research to carry out joint research activities through a virtual mechanism, leveraging existing infrastructure and funding.
According to Ministry of Science and Technology proposals that convincingly demonstrate the benefits and value of the Indo-US partnership to advance research and address critical challenges related to COVID-19 are encouraged,.
Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said: “Doing science in the time of COVID-19 is globally bringing to the fore such elements as effective communication, need- recognition, collaboration, speed, translational and tech aspects, transparency, accountability, societal benefits, and a general zeal for problem solving.”
Dr Sharma added that effective solutions that emerge are likely to be transnational. IUSSTF has had a history of developing relevant technologies through strong collaborations and is thus a good platform for the activity being launched, he said.
As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the science and technology communities work together and share resources to address this global challenge.
The ministry has stated that science, engineering, and technology will play a critical role in finding solutions through the development of new vaccines, devices, diagnostic tools, and information systems, as well as strategies to help communities and nations manage and deploy resources to combat this pandemic.
According to the ministry, collaboration across nations and organizations can leverage and share expertise across science and technology communities and facilitate the development of a diverse, globally-engaged science, engineering, and technology-abled workforce, which can proactively work towards solutions for the Pandemic.