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Union Cabinet Approves MoU of ICMR and Swiss FIND

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland. The MoU is aimed at strengthening the relation within the framework of international scientific and technological collaboration and promote cooperation in fields of mutual interest.

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ICMR promotes biomedical research in the country through intramural and extramural research. FIND is an independent non-profit organisation created under Section 8 of the (Indian) Companies Act, 2013.

The MoU is expected to further strengthen relations between India and Switzerland within the framework of international scientific and technological cooperation in fields of mutual interest. Under the MoU, ICMR is committed to make available funding up to $100,000 and FIND will make available funds up to $400,000 to local partners and researchers identified through Request for proposal (RFP).

In a related development, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared MoU between ICMR) and the GARDP Foundation on Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Innovation, Switzerland, to strengthen the relations within the framework of the international scientific and technological collaboration and promote cooperation in fields of mutual interest. This MoU will further strengthen relations between India and Switzerland within the framework of inter-national scientific and technological co-operation in fields of mutual-interest.

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The ICMR-GARDP Collaborations will include establishing a strategy and modalities for financial and in-kind contributions by both parties to ensure the success of the joint objectives. Funding may be provided directly to the other party or to the third parties engaged in projects. All financial and in-kind contributions will be subject to separate legally binding agreements.

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