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Living with Air Pollution in a Chinese Megacity

By Cerian Foulkes, Communications and Programme Manager, RCUK China. AQI, PM2.5, 3M N93. For Beijing residents, these are the everyday terms we use to navigate the smog that engulfs our city. Early last week, as Beijing’s pollution reached ‘Beyond Index’ levels not seen since early 2013, daily chatter moved away from Christmas holiday plans to comparing […]

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Indian Prime Minister visit to the UK: Highlights strong UK-India research partnership

By Sukanya Kumar-Sinha Deputy Director, RCUK India The euphoria around Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the UK started months before the actual visit, and continues to remain high a week later! We, in the research arena, are particularly ecstatic about how science, research and innovation came through with flying colours. During this […]

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Grant giving: Global funders to focus on interdisciplinarity

By Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Chair of Research Councils UK. Three arguments are often made in favour of interdisciplinary research. First, complex modern problems such as climate change and resource security are not amenable to single-discipline investigation; they often require many types of expertise across the biological, […]

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Debating Open Access in India

By Andrew Telford, Senior Programme Manager, RCUK India I recently had the opportunity to participate in an interesting interactive seminar hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Library and Information Centre, on open access policy in India. The aim of the seminar was to discuss the challenges, opportunities and benefits of designing and implementing an […]

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Andrew Telford on joining RCUK India

By Andrew Telford, Senior Programme Manager, RCUK India.  This is my first (and rather belated) blog post for RCUK India, having joined the team in October last year. It’s been a busy couple of months for my wife and me, we were married just two weeks before moving over to Delhi, and I’m delighted to report that […]

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EU India Social Sciences and Humanities platform launched

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India In a recent blog, I wrote about an EU India Social Sciences and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) that has been in gestation for a while.  I am now very pleased to say that the Platform was successfully launched at a high profile event in New Delhi on the 14th […]

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The US Research Landscape

By Stephen Elsby, Director of RCUK US Three years in, and I’m just about comfortable with the idea of sharing my perceptions of the US research funding landscape. That said, you never stop learning, so I present below a few thoughts with a hope that it will start a dialogue. The USA (both public and […]

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EU India social sciences and humanities platform soon to take off

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India Over the past few years, UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) along with sister European funding agencies have been busy building up a strong portfolio of collaborative research.  For example, NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in […]

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A remote ingredient spicing the new emerging India

By Dr Monika Sharma, Senior Programme Manager, RCUK India Until October 2011, when I was an enthusiastic researcher, all that attracted my attention was to publish research in high impact factor journals. Thereafter, to taste something different, I joined Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) where my major task was to disseminate information on various research funding opportunities […]

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Brains, workshop and a palace!

By Geeny George Shaju, Communications Manager RCUK India. It’s interesting to note how workshops bring together the best minds; minds that are passionate about their work and want to share their expertise and knowledge. And there is no mind without a brain. On this occasion it was the Aetiology and life course of substance abuse […]

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