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DBT invites research proposals on UK-India COVID-19 Partnership Initiative

Neethikrishna, Mumbai
Monday, November 2, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has invited research proposals on the United Kingdom (UK)-India COVID-19 Partnership Initiative.

The UK-India COVID-19 Partnership Initiative aims to support world-leading collaborative research teams focused on mitigating the severity of COVID-19 in South Asian populations in the UK and India and to enhance existing partnerships and develop new partnerships between the UK and India in its efforts to address COVID-19.

Both the UK and India have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. DBT and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have made significant rapid investments in COVID-19 research in 2020 to further the understanding of this disease.

Under this programme, the researchers are focused on identification of key biological determinants of infection severity and immune protection, better understanding the immune response of asymptomatic disease carriers, identifying and understanding the effect of prior health status and influence of co-infecting respiratory pathogens on the immune response to primary infection and mental health of neurological consequences and comparative studies of understanding the biological contributors of the disease, its management and/or isolation on mental health, mental illnesses, and neurological consequences, including assessment of the presence and pathology of the virus in the brain.

The research is focused on defining critical biological/pathological parameters necessary for the prioritisation of preventative, supportive and/or therapeutic interventions. This includes understanding viral genotype/phenotype relationships, the immunology and immunopathology of the disease, the immunity generated post-severe, mild and asymptomatic infection and the persistence of that immunity.

Another area of research is focused to understand context specific social distancing and other non-pharmaceutical intervention measures that are most effective at preventing or reducing spread of SARS-CoV2.

This research call will fund partnerships between UK and India-based researchers working on COVID-19. The last date for submitting the application is December 01, 2020.


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