In February 2023, HFSP and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology promoted a series of symposia in some major Indian research institutions in the Life Sciences. India has been part of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization for several years, and this series of symposia at different locations in the country provided detailed information on HFSP programs to the Indian research community. The goal was to foster new opportunities for international collaboration among Indian research institutions and scientists.
The events started at the National Institute of Immunology (NII) in New Delhi on the 10th of February to discuss "Opportunities for frontier research collaborations by the Human Frontier Science Program". The symposia continued the next day, at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics(CDFD), in Hyderabad, and at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), in Pune, the 15th of February with the talk "The Frontiers of Life Sciences in 21st Century: HFSP and India", by Pavel Kabat, secretary-general of HFSP and "HFSP Support for International Research Collaboration" by Guntram Bauer, Director of Science Policy and Communications. The series finished on the 17th of February at the Young Investigators' Meeting (YIM), at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) in Gujarat with a talk focused explicitly on the HFSP Fellowship Program for younger researchers.
This mission to India integrates the HFSP strategy to promote international research collaboration across its member countries, stated by Pavel Kabat, secretary general of HFSP: "It is essential to reinforce our ties with our member countries by building new opportunities for their scientific communities to pursue an international path. HFSP has the right programs to support it, and India has one of the most vibrant scientific communities in basic life science research. I believe it was a very fruitful mission."
During this mission, HFSPO representatives also stretched diplomatic relations by having meetings with the EU, US and Japanese embassies, the Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Energy and Resources Institute, and the Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.
India has been an HFSPO member country since 2006. For the last 16 years, the HFSP Research Grants and Fellowships programs have supported more than 120 Indian research projects and scientists.