Science and Technology, Health and Innovation
At the close of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings with the Government of India July 20, 2009, the two governments issued a joint statement regarding their intentions to accelerate the growth of their bilateral relationship to enhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century. The two governments outlined a Strategic Dialogue that will focus on five principal pillars: strategic cooperation; energy and climate change; education and development; economics, trade and agriculture; science and technology, health and innovation. Through a coherent structure of bilateral working groups, the two governments will address a wide range of issues with the goal of producing concrete results.
Science and Technology, Health and Innovation working groups will explore new areas for cooperation in leading technologies and in addressing global health challenges. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing cooperation in science and technology, health and innovation.
Ambassador Nancy J. Powell Commemorates World AIDS Day
“It is powerful to see firsthand the extraordinary work that is being done to combat HIV/AIDS. I am proud of our partnership with the State of Maharashtra in tackling this challenge. This joint effort is one of many examples of the deep partnership between the United States and India to address global health issues." - Ambassador Powell
- U.S.-India Joint Fact Sheet: Health Cooperation, June 24, 2013
The United States and India and share a strong collaboration in the area of public health covering a wide range of issues.
- U.S.-India Joint Fact Sheet: A Remarkable Expansion of U.S.-India Cooperation on Science & Technology, June 24, 2013
The United States and India and enjoy robust bilateral science and technology cooperation.
- State Department to Host Third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, June 11, 2012
Topics for discussion will include bilateral and regional economic engagement, public health, innovation, regional security and defense, agriculture, and women’s empowerment.
- Indo-U.S. Collaborative Program on low-cost medical devices
The purpose of this program is to encourage collaborative research and technology development between scientists and engineers in the United States and India. The next big advances in human health might come because of collaborative research carried out jointly by U.S. and Indian scientists, after the two countries agreed in 2011 to increase their joint research on diabetes and stem cells.
- Sec. Clinton's Remarks at Innovation Partnerships Event, May 8, 2012
"Our two great democracies share an enduring commitment to innovation. For decades, scientists, engineers, and social innovators from India and the United States have worked side-by-side. The most famous example, perhaps, are the agricultural improvements that led to the Green Revolution."
- Indian NGO Chintan gets first U.S. Innovation Award,
- U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra in India
- U.S. Embassy hosts workshop on ’Women in Science’, September 12, 2011
Workshop participants shared their strategies for success, examined global initiatives for promoting women in science, addressed challenges for women in science education and science-based careers, and recommended solutions to these challenges.
- Factsheet: U.S. Embassy workshop on ‘Women in Science’, September 12, 2011
The United States Embassy’s September 12 workshop on Women in Science brings together scientists from across India to share strategies and ideas for promoting the advancement of women scientists.
U.S., India Partner to Advance Scientific Research, Development, July 28, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy and the Indian Department of Atomic Energy are working together to help advance discovery in the field of accelerator and particle detector research.
U.S.-India agreement bolsters Project X proposal, July 26, 2011
"This agreement is the latest step in the deepening cooperation between the U.S. and India on a range of clean energy and scientific fronts," said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.
Fact Sheet: U.S.-India Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation, July 19, 2011
While governments play a role in enabling joint S&T activities, active and innovative collaboration in S&T, health, and innovation relies on the efforts of businesses, scientists and institutions in both countries.
United States and India Sign Cybersecurity Agreement, July 19, 2011
Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology prepare to sign a cybersecurity agreement.
The Current State of U.S.-India Cooperation and Prospects for the Future, Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake, Jr., May 13, 2011
And it’s that 21st century focus on innovation and science where we are creating lasting areas of collaboration with India that will change our shared futures.
On World Water Day, March 22, 2011
And we are also supporting another project in India to provide slum dwellers in eight states with municipal water and sanitation systems.
Women in Science report released November 2010 (PDF 5.6MB)
More than 150 attendees discussed India's climate for women scientists during an Embassy-hosted "Women in Science" workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Assistant Secretary Jones and Ambassador Roemer, and featured remarks by Dept. of Science and Technology Secretary Dr. Ramasami and Biocon Chairperson Shaw.
Ambassador Roemer promotes renewable energy
Ambassador Roemer participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the U.S. Pavilion at the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) October 27. 32 U.S. companies specializing in renewable energy technologies and services were represented.
Ambassador Roemer's welcome remarks at Women in Science Conference, August 26, 2010
Science and technology offers a unique opportunity to find solutions - from the eradication of poverty to improved health and life expectancy, from ending hunger to the conservation of our natural resources, from the exploration of our universe to finding better communication across cultures and between the people of the world.
United States-India Agreement for Nuclear Cooperation- Conclusion of Reprocessing Arrangements and Procedures, July 30, 2010
This arrangement, negotiated and concluded under President Obama, reflects the Administration’s strong commitment to building successfully on the landmark U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative and is a prerequisite for U.S. nuclear fuel suppliers to conduct business with India.
State announces upcoming U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in June, May 21, 2010
India and the United States share defining interests and common values. The U.S.-India relationship has never been more promising. Secretary Clinton looks forward to welcoming Minister Krishna to Washington.
Gates Foundation promoting good health
Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Gates Foundation, called on Ambassador Roemer, March 26, 2010 during her visit to India. The Gates Foundation invests substantially in health-related initiatives in India, especially HIV-AIDS prevention and maternal and newborn health.
The worth of water, by Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer, The Indian Express, Monday, March 22, 2010
"I am constantly reminded of how lack of access to such a basic resource, one that so many of us take for granted, can have devastating effects". Ambassador Commemorates World Water Day 2010
Assistant Secretary Blake on science and technology
U.S. underlines cooperation in health science sector
In a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs February 18, 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said, "This Center highlights a continuation and expansion of the U.S. and India's fifty-year history of bi-lateral innovation and discovery in the medical research field. Our two countries have worked together to translate scientific discoveries into life-saving practices for a very long time and will continue to do so".
President Obama and Prime Minister Singh announce a seventh Regional Global Disease Detection Center in India, November 24, 2009 (PDF 76K)
The Center will be part of the Global Disease Detection (GDD) network. This GDD collaboration will include a range of activities, such as emerging disease detection and response, pandemic influenza preparedness and response, laboratory systems and biosafety, field epidemiology training, health communications, and zoonotic disease investigation and control. Other Regional Centers include Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala, Egypt, China, and Kazakhstan.
Launch of the Health Dialogue, November 24, 2009 (PDF 76K)
The first meeting of the U.S.-India Health Dialogue is planned for early 2010 in Washington. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius is the U.S. lead and Minister of Health and Family Welfare Azad will lead for India.
Cooperation on Urban Health, November 24, 2009 (PDF 76K)
The U.S. Agency for International Development's soon to be launched Health of the Urban Poor Program will aim to improve reproductive and child health in urban poor populations, especially for those dwelling in slums, by building the local capacity, improving program implementation and increasing resource allocation for urban health through policy analysis. The program will work in close collaboration with urban local bodies and Indian national and state governments.
Joint research endowment, July 20, 2009
Secretary Clinton and Indian Minister of External Affairs S. M. Krishna signed an agreement July 20, 2009 jointly creating a $30 million endowment to be used for joint research and development, innovation, entrepreneurial, and commercialization activities in science and technology. The agreement builds on a strong history of U.S.-India collaboration in science and technology and will strengthen and expand cooperation by stimulating capacity building, contributing to economic growth, encouraging opportunities for job creation, and improving the quality of life for citizens of India, the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Technology Safeguards Agreements, July 20, 2009
The two governments signed a Technology Safeguards Agreement and associated side letters pertaining to the use of U.S.-licensed components on spacecraft launched from Indian facilities. Practically, the agreement will facilitate the launch of U.S.-licensed spacecraft components and safeguard protected technologies and data of both countries. The side letters commit the United States and India to enter into consultations regarding the market for commercial space launch and satellite services.