India - UK Water Quality: Announcement of awards

1 November 2017

India's Department of Science & Technology (DST), NERC and Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are pleased to announce the outcomes of the India-UK Water Quality Programme call for proposals.

The India-UK Water Quality Programme aims to provide policymakers, regulators, business and local communities with information and solutions that will help them secure the provision of clean water, rejuvenate rivers and restore ecosystems. The programme will support novel research to improve understanding of the sources, transport and fate of pollutants, and determine the risks they pose to both people and the environment. Importantly, the programme will also develop new management strategies and technologies to monitor and clean-up watercourses.

Eight collaborative research projects will be funded and will commence in early 2018. The projects will address a range of priority water quality issues across India, such as reducing outbreaks of Cholera in Lake Vembanad in Kerala, remediating arsenic pollution in the Ganga Basin and the development of novel sensors to monitor water quality.

The India-UK Water Quality programme is supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, an initiative established by the governments of the UK and India to provide a framework for promoting increased research and innovation collaboration.

The eight projects are:

  1. Innovative low-cost optical sensor platform for water quality monitoring
    Lead investigators: Professor Azizur Rahman, City, University of London. Professor S. Asokan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

  2. Fate and Management of Emerging Contaminants
    Lead investigators: Dr Fayyaz Memon, University of Exeter. Professor Ligy Philip, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

  3. Impact of rainwater harvesting in India on groundwater quality with specific reference to fluoride and micropollutants
    Lead investigators: Dr Alison Parker, Cranfield University and Dr Anupma Sharma, National Institute of Hydrology

  4. Rehabilitation of Vibrio Infested waters of Vembanad Lake: pollution and solution
    Lead investigators: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Dr Anas Abdulaziz, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography

  5. Future Secular Changes & Remediation of Groundwater Arsenic in the Ganga River Basin
    Lead investigators: Professor David Polya, University of Manchester and Dr Narayan C. Ghosh, National Institute of Hydrology

  6. The development and implementation of sensors and treatment technologies for freshwater systems in India
    Lead investigators: Professor Darren Reynolds, University of the West of England and Tapan K. Dutta, Bose Institute

  7. Pathways and evolution of pollutants: Interactions between physical controlling effects, microbial community composition and pollutant biodegradation
    Lead investigators: Dr Jonathan Pearson, University of Warwick and Professor Kapil Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  8. Antimicrobial resistance and pollutants: interactive studies and novel sensor technologies
    Lead investigators: Dr Helen Bridle, Heriot-Watt University and Dr T Renganathan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras