DBT FUNDED PROJECT : The Rural-Urban Interface of Bangalore: A Space of Transitions in Agriculture, Economics, and Society

Structural Setup

The present Indian proposal comprises 12 scientific projects + 1 coordination project led by one or two Indian PIs with a few additional (younger) Indian collaborators; each project will collaborate closely with a clearly assigned German counterpart in FOR2432.

The funding requested from DBT refers to the Indian PIs and their scientific programme only. Co-funding for the German counterpart will be provided by the German DFG through FOR2432.

The coordinating body of the Indian consortium is the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (UASB), as 8 of the 13 projects are led by scientists affiliated with UASB. The other partner institutions are the National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP, 1 project), the Ashoka Trust for Reseaech in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE, 2 projects), the Institute of Socio-Economic Change, and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (ISEC and IIST, 1 project), and the Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST, 1 project).

The overall coordinator for the Indian consortium is Prof. Dr. B.V.C. Reddy with Prof. Dr. K.N. Ganeshaiah and Prof. Dr. Dr. Raghavendrra Bhat as deputy coordinators. Continuous interactions between Indian and German partners will be maintained at the project level as well as on the management level (establishment of a Rural-Urban Centre at UASB). Indian PhD-students will be co-supervised by the German Co-PI of their Indian supervisor and vice versa.

The collaboration structures described above were built up during a 4-year preparatory phase for the present proposals and will be further consolidated as the collaborative project unfolds. In the German research landscape DFG-funded Research Units are instruments of scientific excellence and have a time scope of 6 years, funded in two 3-year phases with an intermediate evaluation. The current proposal applies for Phase I, from 2016 to 2018. The collaborative research proposed in the attached projects will thus launch a long-term Indo-German scientific and academic partnership.