Department of Science and Technology, Government of India:
India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for us to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow's technology. The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high-end basic research and development of cutting-edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.

The Science & Technology International Cooperation Division of DST has the mandated responsibility of (i) negotiating, concluding and implementing S&T Agreements between India and other countries; (ii) providing interventions on S&T aspects in international forums. This responsibility is carried out by the Division in close consultation on the Indian side with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Missions Abroad, S&T Counselors at Germany, Japan, Russia and USA, stakeholders in scientific, technological & academic institutions, concerned governmental agencies and with various industry associations in India.

International Science & Technology Cooperation is realized at two levels, viz (i) Bilateral Cooperation with developed and developing countries, (ii) Multilateral & Regional Cooperation, Presently India has bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with 83 countries with active cooperation with 44 countries. During the recent years the cooperation has strengthened significantly with Australia, Canada, EU, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, UK and USA. Cooperation with African countries has also been strengthened through India Africa S&T Initiative. The soft prowess of S&T has been leveraged to engage with several countries under India's Act East policy and with some neighboring countries.

The Department currently supports three bi-national S&T Centres which are independent entities established under inter-governmental bilateral agreements with France, USA and Germany.

  • Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR / CEFIPRA)
  • Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  • Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC)
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Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) of the Russian Federation:
The Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) is a non-commercial state body set up by Russian government in 1994. FASIE was the first public institution to provide support to small innovative enterprises.

FASIE’s main tasks include the implementation of government policy for the development and support of small innovative enterprises; offering direct financial, informational and other aid to small innovative enterprises, implementation of projects to develop and produce new high-tech products; and creating and developing an infrastructure for SME.

The key objectives of FASIE are to unlock the outstanding intellectual potential, to support young scientists and to create the right conditions for implementing the results of scientific activity. The Foundation provides financial support, pre-seed and seed, to young scientists and small businesses that are engaged in scientific development that offers a high potential for commercialization.

The results of FASIE’s activities include the constant development of small innovative enterprises, the generation of new intellectual property, and the growth of the number of jobs in the high-tech manufacturing sector.

FASIE has representation offices in 68 regions of Russia. Since 1994, FASIE has accumulated a wealth of experience through its support for up to 15,000 projects in Russia from 75 Russian regions, chosen from among 55 thousand of applications for projects.

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Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry:
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is the rallying point for free enterprises in India. It has empowered Indian businesses, in the changing times, to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach.

With a nationwide membership of over 1500 corporates and over 500 chambers of commerce and business associations, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry espouses the shared vision of Indian businesses and speaks directly and indirectly for over 2,50,000 business units. It has an expanding direct membership of enterprises drawn from large, medium, small and tiny segments of manufacturing, distributive trade and services. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry maintains the lead as the proactive business solution provider through research, interactions at the highest political level and global networking. In the knowledge-driven globalized economy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry stands for quality, competitiveness, transparency, accountability and business-government-civil society partnership to spread ethics-based business practices and to enhance the quality of life of the common people.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry reach is not restricted or dominated by large business houses. We provide service and support to all cross section of industry and trade irrespective of their size. In fact, we have a separate Committee, which handles the specific issues relating to small and medium sector in India. By definition, the small and medium sector in India is possibly equivalent to the "tiny sector" that you have in the US. We are closely associated with the Indian SME's as we invite them on delegations to help provide them international linkages with industry clusters abroad. Our membership structure also provides us direct as well as indirect linkages with the SME's all over the country.

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