This new phase coincides with developments in India, including the launch of New Education Policy, which indicate an increased appetite from the country's Government for the internationalisation of higher education.
Activities in this third phase are grouped under the following themes: leadership and faculty development; integration of skills in education system; and e-partnership and research incubation. This will translate into funding for collaborative research in both the humanities and sciences as well as programmes to support leadership training at Indian universities.
Though the amount of funding available for individual projects is relatively modest, ranging from £100,000 to £200,000 over a three-year period, the money is not subjected to ODA restrictions and so can be used for a broader scope of activity than bilateral funds linked to UK's 0.7% aid commitment, such as Newton Bhabha.
While a familiar vehicle for many institutions, UKIERI is bringing, with this third phase, opportunities to access larger amounts of funding.
Those institutions that have not previously engaged with this opportunity should consider it as a mechanism to support research collaboration with Indian colleagues. UKIERI exists alongside a range of other national, regional and institutional funds. Therefore, it offers the usual benefits for individuals and institutions that take a federated approach and use the fund as a supplement or enabler to other funding streams.
Universities UK International (UUKi) continues to be involved in UKIERI at both board and implementation level. We are working with the British Council, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Indian counterparts, to avoid duplication between UKIERI and other bilateral funds.
In this third phase UUKi will have a dedicated team member to support the programme management of the higher education components of UKIERI in the UK. This person will also support our broader India policy work providing additional resource for UK universities to draw upon as required.
UKIERI first launched in 2006 to encourage closer collaboration between the education sectors of the UK and India. It has been successful in realising hundreds of partnerships between universities in the two countries as well as in primary, secondary and further education.