The projects include a research programme between the UK and India to develop solutions to tackle anti-microbial resistance (Photo: ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images).


British and Indian researchers will collaborate on tackling anti-microbial resistance, under new plans announced on Tuesday (22) by UK science and universities minister Chris Skidmore.

In total, 28 projects will receive £279 million of government investment under the modern industrial strategy.

Among them are plans to develop the next generation of eco-friendly packaging and explore the latest technology in AI to improve the lives of millions suffering from dementia.

Skidmore said, “the projects being announced today reinforce our commitment to enhance the UK’s excellence in innovation at home and around the world, driving high-skilled jobs, economic growth and productivity as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.

“We have a strong history of partnering with other countries – over 50 per cent of UK authored research involves collaborations with international partners.”

The projects include a research programme between the UK and India to develop solutions to tackle anti-microbial resistance.

A University of Strathclyde-led plan titled the One Ocean Hub will bring researchers and local communities together to keep oceans sustainable and cut pollution.

British and Korean researchers will collaborate on better diagnosis of dementia through the use of AI.

UKRI chief executive Sir Mark Walport said, “The fund for international collaboration and the creation of twelve global research hubs demonstrate the commitment of the UK to ensuring our researchers and innovators can work with their counterparts across the world to address important questions.”

A statement from the department for business, energy and industrial strategy said of the 28 successful projects, 16 will receive a share of £79m from the fund for international collaboration, which will be match funded by partnering developed nations.

Twelve projects will be supported by £200m from the global challenges research fund. The successful projects are being managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).