City-based National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Delhi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday. The MoU is an extension of an earlier MoU that was signed between the two in 2006 for validation of practices received from traditional knowledge holders from across the country. Director General of ICMR V M Katoch and utive vice-chairperson of NIF Anil K Gupta signed the MoU which is effective for five years at ICMR headquarters in New Delhi. Through the MoU, ICMR will work towards validating the safety and efficacy of the practices of grassroots healers which are claimed to have therapeutic value. Grassroots practices and medicines will be documented and sourced from the NIF database. It is also believed that this collaboration will strengthen the synergy between the country’s apex institution for medical research and the informal, un-codified and non-classical health related people’s knowledge in the country. The collaboration will focus on traditional knowledge-based practices at the grassroots level. This cooperation will also serve to recognize and reward the economically poor people who have made innovations in traditional knowledge for inclusive development. NIF is an autonomous body under the department of science & technology, government of India. The collaboration will focus on traditional knowledge-based practices at the grassroots level.