The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, this afternoon received the Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Argentine Republic, Dinesh Bathia, with the aim of announcing the results of the Call for Joint Research Projects with India, concluded last April. . The call had 94 presentations from all regions of the country and seeks to support the development of joint research projects in biotechnology and energy transition between binational groups.
The initiative is part of the program for scientific cooperation between the Ministry of Science and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), signed in 2013. Of the 94 proposals, 62 corresponded to the field of biotechnology and 32 to energy transition.
In this regard, Filmus recalled: “I recently had the opportunity in India, in the city of Mumbai, to inaugurate the Radioisotope Enrichment Project, a $35 million investment that has been made to India through INVAP. Also at that time, we signed agreements for commercialization of satellite images and land images from CONAE “We have done many things together and we will do many more because we are two countries with the same vision within the BRICS area.”
The head of the science portfolio concluded: “We admire the investments and progress that India has made in scientific matters and cooperation. We greatly appreciate the efforts.”
The Ministry of Science’s national director for the promotion of science policy, Karina Pombo, was present at the meeting; and virtually his Indian counterpart SK Varshney, Director of International Cooperation at MEST of India.
The 4 selected collaboration projects timely presented were:
1. “I am developing monoclonal antibodies as therapy against the chikungunya virus”of Argentina’s director, Dr. Diego Alvarez.
2. “Exploring Radiation Tolerance of Perovskite Solar Cells for Space Applications”of Argentina’s director Dr. María Dolores Perez.
3. “New cellular biosensors for key metabolic players to monitor health and well-being”of Argentina’s director Dr. Matias Daniel Hartman.
4. “New generation Li-S electrolytes through accelerated material discovery (LISA)”of Argentina’s director Dr. Sergio Alexis Paz.
It should be noted that the Ministry of Science will fund each Argentine cobn research group up to a maximum of pesos equivalent to US$10,000 per project per year, for implementation in 2023 and 2024.aware of the internal regulations for the allocation of funds and their subsequent surrender.
The goal of this program is to support the development of scientific and technological cooperation between Argentine and Indian scientists and to strengthen the scientific partnership between research groups from both countries through the establishment of bilateral research networks, the improvement of research cooperation and the promotion of knowledge exchange between Argentine and Indian scientists .