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Recipients of second annual Strategic Partner Funds with AIIMS and IIT-D

20 January 2021

A total of 12 projects were awarded funding from two joint partner funds between UCL and partners in India

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12 projects have been awarded funding through the UCL-AIIMS and UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds. The two funding calls support collaborative and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives.

This year, 11 applications were received from UCL & AIIMS and 10 from UCL & IIT Delhi. Of these, each call awarded six successful projects £10,000. The proposals were assessed by selection panels chaired by UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia, Professor Monica Lakhanpaul.

She said: “Both panels received excellent proposals this year, across all fields including healthcare, engineering and sustainable development. UCL’s partnerships with both AIIMS, New Delhi and IIT Delhi have gone from strength to strength, and our annual joint funding schemes with these institutions have been an integral part of deepening those relationships.”

Both the UCL-AIIMS and UCL-IITD Strategic Partner Funds are in their second year. Last year, four projects were awarded funding under each call.

Congratulations to all the 2020-21 funding recipients and thank you to all applicants. 

UCL-AIIMS Strategic Partner Fund recipients

ProjectResearch areaUCL PIAIIMS, New Delhi PI

Exploring the electrophysiological signatures of essential tremor and essential tremor plus


Professor Kailash P Bhatia,
Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences

Dr Roopa Rajan, Deptartment of Neurology

Building evidence-based knowledge to address the mental health impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable and at-risk groups in India with a wider focus on South Asia

Mental healthDr Preethy D'Souza, Institute of Education

Dr L. Gopichandran,
College of Nursing

Development and optimization of cell-free bio-inks to generate 3D-printed implants for endochondral regeneration

Healthcare engineering

Dr Deepak Kalaskar,
Division of Surgery and Interventional

Professor Sujata Mohanty,
DBT Centre of Excellence Stem Cells Facility

Comparison of metabolomics profiles between patients with proliferative and membranous lupus nephritis in London and New Delhi


Professor Anisur Rahman,
Centre for Rheumatology Research
Division of Medicine

Dr Ranjan Gupta, Deptartment of Rheumatology

Maternal and fetal outcomes after exposure to COVID-19 at various stages in pregnancy

Maternal and fetal health

Dr Sara Hillman,
Institute for Women’s Health

Dr K Aparna Sharma, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Effect of trans 4-BCCA upon epileptogenesis and neurodegenerative changes following status epilepticus

Pharmacology & neurology

Professor Matthew Walker,
UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sarangi,
Department of Pharmacology

UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Fund recipients

ProjectResearch areaUCL PIIIT-D PI

Integrated sonomyography and soft haptics-based intuitive control of upper-extremity prosthetic devices

Healthcare engineering

Dr Helge Wurdemann,  Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Biswarup Mukherjee, Centre for Biomedical Engineering

Development and impact assessment of TEG enabled cook-stoves in rural communities for sustainable environment

Sustainable environment

Dr Priti Parikh, Director of EFID Centre & Bartlett

Professor Virendra Kumar Vijay, Centre for Rural Development Technology

E-waste recycling: Development of green and sustainable technology for recovery of metals from electronic waste

Sustainable environment

Dr Vivek Dua, Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Kamal Kishore,
Department of Chemical Engineering

Learning based security of cyber-physical systems

Cyber Security

Professor Kai-Kit Wong, Chair in Wireless Communications

Dr Arpan Chattopadhyay, Department of Electrical Engineering

Vulnerability analysis of basalt fibre reinforced polymer-pre-stressed concrete integral bridge under dynamic live-loads, earthquakes, and diurnal temperature variations

Advanced materials & sustainable environment

Professor Dina D'Ayala, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Professor Vasant A. Matsagar, Department of Civil Engineering

Making local knowledge matter for landslides and flooding preparedness

Sustainable environment & urban regeneration

Professor Muki Haklay, Department of Geography

Dr Manabendra Saharia, Department of Civil Engineering

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