News Excerpt
IUSSTF, an Indo-US science forum, has invited proposals from scientists and engineers from the two countries to carry out joint research activities on the pandemic, leveraging existing infrastructure and funding.

Pre-Connect   
●    The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) was established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000.
●    It is an autonomous bilateral organization jointly funded by both the Governments that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.
●    The Department of Science & Technology, Governments of India and the U.S. Department of States are respective nodal departments.

Highlights
    As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the science and tech community work together and share resources to address this global challenge.
    Applications for the proposals for 'COVID-19 Indo-US Virtual Networks', invited by IUSSTF will be accepted online from April 15 till May 15.
    Proposals that convincingly demonstrate the benefits and value of the Indo-US partnership to advance research and address critical challenges related to COVID-19 are encouraged

Conclusion
Science, engineering, and technology will play a critical role in finding solutions through the development of new vaccines, devices, diagnostic tools, and information systems, as well as strategies to help communities and nations manage and deploy resources to combat this pandemic. Collaboration across nations and organizations can leverage and share expertise across S&T communities and facilitate the development of a diverse, globally-engaged science, engineering, and technology-abled workforce, which can proactively work towards solutions for the pandemic.

Objectives of IUSSTF
    Create awareness through exchange and dissemination of Information and Opportunities in S&T cooperation.
    Capitalize and build on the scientific and technological synergy leading to long term partnerships on shared values.
    Support an exciting program portfolio that leads to sustainable interactions and strengthens strategic partnerships.
    Nurture contacts between young and mid-career scientists to develop mutual trust, foster excellence and explore new frontiers
    Encourage public-private partnerships to foster elements of Innovation, Application and Enterprise.


PEPPER IT WITH
U.S.-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, U.S.-India S&T Endowment Fund, Indian Initiative in Gravitational Observations (IndiGO)