Global Research Alliance Launched

New Delhi, January 21: | Updated: Jan 22 2003, 05:30am hrs
Nine leading science and technology institutes from different countries have launched Global Research Alliance (GRA) to fund and facilitate international research & development in the areas of water, health, energy, transportation and digital divide.

Announcement regarding the setting up of GRA was made here on Tuesday. The participating institutes are the Central Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) of India, the Danish Technological Institute, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft of Germany, SIRIM Berhad of Malaysia, TNO of The Netherlands, the CSIRO of Australia, Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) of the US and the CSIR of South Africa.

These institutes can boast of an array of 50,000 scientists and technologists. All of them, except BMI, are public institutes, said RA Mashelkar, director general of Indias CSIR.

The unique capability of GRA is to combine not just skills but also the contexts from both developed and developing countries, he said. We are joined in our dedication to serving the greater good through innovation and research. Alone we can each have tremendous impacts in the countries we serve. We together can serve the greater sphere of mankind.

At the culmination of the two-day meet, participants from the leading R&D institutes reached agreement on the constitution and membership of GRA, the terms for pooling the resources and expertise in undertaking of joint projects. u

The nerve centre of the alliance would be based at the CSIR in South Africa. GRA was expected to forge close ties with the institutions such as the World Bank, the European Union and other international funding agencies, said Dr Mashelkar.

Most participants in the alliance first met in April last year on the initiative of the CSIR of South Africa. Discussions culminated in the signing by participants of the Pretoria Declaration which intended to undertake large impact projects for the benefit of society, create synergy by pooling energies, skills and facilities of participants, promote skills, and develop global knowledge for industry.