Applications Invited for DST& NWO - Cleaning Ganga and Agri Water Program

Department of Science & Technology
Last date: 
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Detailed Description

About the Organization:

The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.


NWO and DST have agreed on strategic knowledge and innovation agendas. A call for proposals on a jointly agreed theme based on this agenda is planned to be published annually. Funded research should be in alignment with national research agendas, as well as international initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and build bridges between different actors in the knowledge chain, fundamental and applied research, and scientific disciplines.


This joint DST-NWO research call aims to contribute to Cleaning the Ganga, which is defined as high priority field for the Indian and Dutch governments and water sector. The call will focus in particular on the impact of agriculture on the Ganga water system and the related scopes for interventions. The Hindon sub-basin is selected as case area. The call addresses several SDG’s, in particular 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and 13 (Climate Action). In The Netherlands this topic links to the topsectors Water & Maritime, Horticulture & Starting Materials and Agro&Food and one of the 4 societal missions defined in the new Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation Policy, ‘Agriculture, water and food’. This call in Indian context will be in line with the significant National Missions such as “Namami Ganga” and “Swatch Bharat”.

Thematic focus:

  • Cleaning the Ganga
  • Impact of agriculture on the Ganga water system
  • Case area: Hindon sub-basin
  • Research areas

Specific project requirements:

  • Integrated research approach and Cocreation
  • International collaboration
  • Impact Strategy, including Theory of Change & Impact Pathway

Who can apply:

Applications can be submitted by consortia that include at least:

  • Two different research organisations that are based in the Netherlands,
  • Two different recognised academic institutions and/or public funded research & development organisations that are based in India, and
  • A partner from a public, semi-public or private practitioner organisation (for-profit or notfor-profit).
  • This call aims at knowledge chain-wide collaboration, to enhance demand articulation, ownership, and the effective uptake of results. For this reason, all consortium partners, as well as relevant stakeholders, are expected to be engaged in all phases of the project execution, from its inception to sharing the (emerging) results. Evidence of such active engagement will be an important element in the assessment of project proposals and may be demonstrated through references to involvement in project preparation, active involvement as a project partner and links between the proposed research project and ongoing projects of NGOs, private or industry organisations, and/orpolicy implementation.

Principal Investigators:

A proposal should have two Principal Investigators: one based in the Netherlands or at a university established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and one based in India from a recognized academic public funded R&D institution. The two Principal Investigators will serve as the recipients of the grants from their respective countries. They will serve as the points of contact for their respective funding agency and will submit the proposal to both agencies. The Principal Investigators’ organisations will take responsibility for the project secretariat, the day-to-day management and all financial affairs of the research project, including the final financial accountability towards their respective funding agency.


A co-applicant is participant in the consortium and receives funding through the Principal Investigator of the respective country (or from DST in case of the Indian co-applicants). The consortium should include co-applicants from at least one other Dutch and Indian institution than the Principal Investigators.

Indian co-applicants

DST requires co-applicants to be:

  • A researcher working in regular position in a recognized academic institution/public funded R&D institution/laboratories or S&T based voluntary organizations, based in India, AND
  • have an employment contract for at least the duration of the application procedure and the duration of the research the grant is applied for, And
  • has at least a PhD or an equivalent qualification.

Available budget

  • The total budget for this call is M € 1.4 on the Dutch, and Rs. 11 crores on the Indian side. With the available total budget, NWO and DST aim to fund up to two projects with a duration of five years each.
  • Projects can apply for a maximum of €700.000 at NWO and a maximum of Rs. 5.5 crores from DST.


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