IUSSTF BOOSTS INDO-US VIRTUAL NETWORKS TO ADDRESS COVID 19 CHALLENGES
April 17, 2020
The Indo-U.S. Science and
Technology Forum (IUSSTF), has invited Proposals for ‘COVID-19 Indo-U.S.
Virtual Networks’ that would allow Indian and U.S. scientists and
engineers currently engaged in COVID-related research to carry out joint
research activities through a virtual mechanism, leveraging existing
infrastructure and funding.
Proposals that convincingly
demonstrate the benefits and value of the Indo-U.S. partnership to advance
research and address critical challenges related to COVID-19 are
Why is it
Global challenges like COVID
19 call for global collaborations and partnerships, bringing together the
best and brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to work
together to find solutions not only to address the current pandemic but
also for the challenges that lie ahead.
The IUSSFT is booting such
collaborations for this specific purpose in keeping with their core
mandate to catalyze collaborative initiatives across both countries.
Doing science in the time of
COVID-19 is globally bringing to the fore such elements as effective
communication, need- recognition, collaboration, speed, translational
& tech aspects, transparency, accountability, societal benefits, and a
general zeal for problem solving.
Effective solutions that
emerge are likely to be transnational. IUSSTF has had a history of
developing relevant technologies through strong collaborations and is thus
a good platform for the activity being launched
Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)?
The IUSSTF established under
an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of
America in March 2000 is an autonomous bilateral organization jointly
funded by both the Governments that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia, and
The Department of Science and
Technology, Governments of India, and the U.S. Department of State are
respective nodal departments.
As the world battles the
COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the S&T communities work
together and share resources to address this global challenge.
Science, Engineering, and
Technology will play a critical role in finding solutions through the
development of new vaccines, devices, diagnostic tools, and information
systems, as well as strategies to help communities and nations manage and
deploy resources to combat this pandemic.
Collaboration across nations
and organizations can leverage and share expertise across S&T
communities and facilitate the development of a diverse, globally-engaged
science, engineering, and technology-abled workforce, which can
proactively work towards solutions for the Pandemic.