The India-UK Water Centre funds a small number of Pump Priming Projects designed to take forward ideas or provide preparatory groundwork for future IUKWC activities. Pump priming projects are typically small projects, up to 3 months’ duration, that are designed to initiate further future collaboration; assess the needs of the community for other directed activities; develop new means of communicating joint research results; assess the state of knowledge and/or conduct proof-of-concept pilot studies.
All projects should comprise at least one UK and one Indian collaborator as Activity Leads. It is anticipated that Pump Priming Projects will be initiated using a combination of Focused Calls on a specific topic or targeted pieces of work on a specific topic which are commissioned directly by the India-UK Water Centre to ensure delivery across the Centre's scientific themes. The Centre provides funding and support in agreeing the scope of the work. Funding is normally be limited to £10,000 for UK partners and ₹15,00,000 for Indian partners.
The Centre’s workshops/exchanges result in a significant number of ideas and recommendations for future collaborations. In order to support conversion of these into action, the Centre funds a small number of Pump Priming Projects involving both UK and Indian collaborators.