Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: India-UK water quality

The aim of this programme is to support research that will provide policymakers, regulators, businesses and local communities in India with information and solutions to help them tackle water quality issues and secure the provision of clean water, rejuvenate rivers, and restore ecosystems.

Budget:
£3.6 million from Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Newton Fund with equivalent funding from India's Department of Science and Technology
Duration:
2018 to 2022
Partners involved:
NERC, EPSRC, India's Department of Science and Technology (DST)

The scope and what we're doing

This India-UK collaboration will support research focused on improving water quality by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels.

The aim of this programme is to provide end users, such as policymakers, regulators, business and local communities, with information and solutions that will help them tackle India’s water quality issues and secure the provision of clean water, rejuvenate rivers, and restore ecosystems. This will be achieved by supporting research to improve understanding of the sources, transport, transformation, interactions and fate of pollutants, and determine the risks they pose to both people and the environment. Importantly, the programme will also develop new management strategies and technologies to clean up water courses and enable better monitoring of pollution levels.

This programme is supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, an initiative established by the governments of the UK and India. The fund provides a framework for promoting increased research and innovation collaboration, developing long-term, sustainable partnerships and contributing to economic growth.

This activity is part of the research pillar of the Newton-Bhabha Fund, which aims to support scientifically excellent research in areas that make the maximum contribution towards jointly approved grand societal challenges. This programme will contribute to the delivery of three of the four Newton-Bhabha grand challenges:

  • energy, water, food nexus
  • sustainable cities and urbanisation
  • public health and wellbeing.

Opportunities, support and resources available

Past projects, outcomes and impact

Who to contact

You can contact any of these people

Kay Heuser

Email: waterquality@nerc.ukri.org

Telephone: 07738 101751

Vicki Durbridge

Email: waterquality@nerc.ukri.org

Telephone:  07738 101785

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