A strong relationship with academic institutions within the large and growing Asian markets, and India specifically, would help identify new demands to be addressed by R&D which would greatly benefit the University of Waterloo and WIN researchers. Such an agreement would facilitate joint research projects and open new avenues for international funding streams.  

India has several national-level funding agencies to support fundamental S&T research, namely Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Department of BioTechnology (DBT) (analogous to NSERC and CIHR, respectively). Both departments have joint Canada-India funding opportunities through the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Transformation & Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), to which WIN researchers are encouraged to apply to support research collaboration. 

The university system in India is also well known for the very high calibre of undergraduate and graduate students, who are highly sought in international industry and graduate programs. The proposed agreement would facilitate student mobility, exchanges and recruitment of these excellent students to UW and WIN members, to advance knowledge and innovation in nanotechnology. 

History of WIN-India Activities and Initiatives

  • In February 2018, WIN Executive Director, Sushanta Mitra visited India for the signing ceremony of the agreement with Mitacs CEO Dr Alejandro Adem

  • In Fall 2018, WIN hosted the Directors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar and Tirupati, with the expectation that such interactions would facilitate the current university initiative under International Operations Council to shape the engagement with India