The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) will fund Indian universities and institutes for research projects in aerospace. Strengthening its research partnership with India, EADS has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with CEFIPRA (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research) at the India-France Technology Summit 2013 for creating a new innovation initiative called the 'EADS-CEFIPRA Aerospace Programme.'
Under this programme, EADS will invite leading Indian universities and institutes to propose research projects for funding. The research projects will be in areas of avionics, composite materials, high-performance computing, nanotechnology and applied mathematics. The programme aims to foster research in India in the field of aerospace, particularly related to topics such as avionics, composite materials, high performance computing, nanotechnology and applied mathematics. In addition, the letter of intent envisages the launch of 'EADS Postdoctoral Fellowship' in India. Directed towards young French scientists, it will sponsor 2-3 postdoctoral fellows annually to pursue aerospace related research work in top universities and R&D institutions of India. The duration of the programme will be five years starting from 2014.
The LoI was signed by Arnaud Marfurt, Vice-President, Innovation Works (International Operations), EADS and Dr.Debapriya Dutta, Director, CEFIPRA.
The LoI comes close on the heels of EADS setting up a research Chair in the field of 'Mathematics of Complex Systems' in partnership with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) on 1 March in Bengaluru. Held by Prof. Mythily Ramaswamy, Professor and researcher at the Centre for Applicable Mathematics, TIFR and Prof. Spenta Wadia, distinguished professor and Director, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, the Chair's lead objective is to develop innovative research involving theoretical and computational work in general mathematics of complex systems including control theory and data assimilation.