The Union Cabinet, on March 9, approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the United Kingdom’s Oxford University. The purpose of the MoU, signed in November 2021, was to build partnerships in and beyond data and skill-sharing with equity and transparency.

Apart from this, other objectives include building capacity for Indian scientists and investigators, collection of data compliant with international standards and regulatory necessities helping India evolve a regional epicenter for capacity development, and jointly and pool funds with time-bound hosting of IDDO secretariat towards attaining the outcomes at ICMR, and establish collaboration in and beyond data and skill-sharing with equity and transparency said the official statement.

Under the MoU, both ICMR and Oxford University consented to exchange and share ideas on three vector-borne diseases in the elimination phase — malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, filariasis, and emerging infections. Among other things, the MoU will likewise assist in supporting and originating best practices for data management, data documentation, data sharing, exploring opportunities for collaboration on research programs, exchange of research fellows, training on data management and statistical analysis, etc.

However, one clause mentions that both ICMR and Oxford University will have to bear their costs in relation to the collaboration envisaged. In case of funding intended to be passed to the other party, an Additional Agreement will be conducted to govern the activity in question, the statement added.

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