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EU, India to Partner on Joint Research Efforts

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Several European Union member states will partner with India to create a networking pilot program that will enable the partners to share resources and talent and jointly support new diagnostic and biomarker studies.

The New Indigo project, the initiative for the development and integration of Indian and European research, has been funded with €2.5 million ($3.4 million) under the EU's Seventh Framework Program.

The projects to be funded must involve at least two European and one Indian partner, and the research will focus on bioinformatics for health, biomarkers, diagnostics, and structural biology.

The project is coordinated by France's National Centre of Scientific Research, and it includes efforts from researchers and policymakers from Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.

India's Department of Biotechnology at the Ministry of Science, a partner in the New Indigo effort, said that the promotion of research cooperation with Europe is an important part of India's research and development agenda.

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