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Third annual UCL-IIT Delhi Strategic Partner Funds recipients

21 April 2022

Eight projects jointly led by UCL and IIT Delhi (IITD) academics have each received up to £10,000 to support collaborative activities

Picture of a train, that is just departured from Jodhpur Railway Station.

The third annual UCL-IITD Strategic Partner Funds has awarded seed funds to eight projects from UCL and IITD academics.

The two institutions contributed joint funds to the recipients, with each of the projects receiving up to £10,000.

The funds will support collaborative research activities in areas including Eastern Indo-Aryan languages, Indian migrant labour, and community-integrated thermal energy storage.

One of the funding recipients, Prof Kartikeya Tripathi (UCL Engineering Sciences), said: ‘Dr Abhijnan Chakraborty from IIT-D and I are truly grateful to have received the award under UCL-IITD Strategic Partner Funds. The aim of the project is to disrupt black-marketeers and make rail travel affordable for ordinary passengers in India. We have started working with Indian Railways to study mass booking of train tickets by rail touts, and ways to prevent it. The funding has enabled our multi-disciplinary team with expertise in AI, cybersecurity and policing to work with practitioners and have a real-world impact. That makes the whole process quite exciting and socially relevant!"

Congratulations to all the 2021/22 recipients of the UCL-IITD Strategic Partner Funds:

Lead UCL applicantFacultyProject

Dr Pamela Fennell


Community Integrated Thermal Energy Storage (CITES) for Next-Generation Energy-Efficient

Dr Rhodri Jervis

Engineering Sciences

Sustainable Carbon Fibre-based Nonwoven Materials for Gas Diffusion Layers in Fuel Cells

Prof Andrew Nevins

Brain Sciences

The Grammar of Honorifics: Dialectal Micro-comparison among Eastern Indo-Aryan Languages

Prof Tim Williams

Social & Historical Sciences

Climate Change and Livelihood in the Buddhist Landscapes of Lahaul and Spiti areas of Himachal Pradesh

Dr Kartikeya Tripathi

Engineering Sciences

Protecting Indian migrant labour from extortionist rail

Dr Sanjeev Kumar

Engineering Sciences

Electro-Optic Investigation of Superconductor Low-Dimensional Semiconductor

Dr Saffron WoodcraftBartlettHow do public values in science, technology and innovation shape prosperity outcomes? Lessons from the agri-food sector in India
Dr Lauren AndresBartlett

Everyday Practices and Temporalities: Safety, Inclusion and Access in 24-hour Delhi

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