Mon, Mar 27, 2017 | updated 04:18 PM IST

UK asks Indian innovators to participate in Longitude Prize using Indian seed funding

Updated: Jul 25, 2016 18:26 IST
London, JUly 25 (ANI): The Longitude Prize team is in India to encourage Indian researchers to compete in the prestigious 10 million pound Longitude Prize open to the world to find a way to conserve effective antibiotics for future generations.

A series of promotional activities are being organised across Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and New Delhi through this week to promote the Longitude Prize and to broaden the range applications from researchers and innovators in India.

The UK Government announced a seed funding programme called the 'Discovery Awards' to further open up global innovation in developing diagnostic tools to combat the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The Longitude Prize Discovery Awards will provide grants of up to 25,000 to participants who need access to funding in order to develop their ideas on transformative, novel point-of-care diagnostics that could significantly reduce the misuse or overuse of antibiotics globally.

The Government of India has recognised the urgency of the situation and has also announced seed funding to support Indian teams registering for the Prize. The current total fund is at least 200,000, donated by GSK and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) of India.

Tamar Ghosh, Nesta's Longitude Prize lead said, 'The seed funding will support new and existing teams taking part in the Longitude Prize- a five year, 10 million pound challenge to tackle the threat of AMR. The funding will mobilise contributions from organisations supporting the goal of the Longitude Prize, to solve the issue of antimicrobial resistance through innovation and novel approaches to diagnostics.'

There has been a 50 percent increase in teams from India competing in the prize since February 2016 - from 13 participants to 19 in July 2016.

The Discovery Awards are now open for applications, and the applications close on, on August 26th. Therefore the team is organising new series of meetings and events across India, to reach out to as many innovators as possible across the country.

The 10 million pound Longitude Prize fund itself will be awarded for the 'winning' entrant to develop a diagnostic test for bacterial infections that is accurate, rapid, affordable and easy-to-use anywhere in the world. The challenge is open for five years. (ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is not in favour of the government's decision to allow former army chief General (Retd.) Raheel Sharif to assume the command of a yet-to-be-formed Saudi-led 39-nation military alliance of Muslim states and has decided to raise the issue in the Parliament.

Full Story >>

Hobart [Australia], Mar. 27 (ANI): An Indian nursing student and a part-time taxi driver Li Max Joy was reportedly attacked by a group of teenagers in Hobart, Australia over the weekend.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad [Pakistan], Mar. 27 (ANI): Pakistan Supreme Court Justice Amir Hani Muslim has said that it is impossible for 17 apex court judges to take care of the entire country.

Full Story >>

Pak detains 73 Indian fishermen

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:41 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 27 (ANI): At least 73 Indian fishermen have reportedly been detained by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) for allegedly fishing in territorial waters of the country.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): Joe Biden believes he could have won the Presidency in 2016, had he made it through a tough Democratic primary.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): With just 48 hours before British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggers article 50 - the official process for exiting the European Union (EU), Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer will set out six tests which any deal must pass, or face the opposition of Labour in the House of Commons.

Full Story >>

Iran imposes sanctions on 15 U.S. companies

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 06:23 IST

Tehran [Iran], Mar. 27 (ANI): Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies "supporting terrorism," according to local media reports.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.] India, Mar. 27 (ANI): The family of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death as he guarded the building by an attacker Khalid Masood when he drove through the Westminster bridge in a bid to enter the the Palace of Westminster, has thanked those who fought for his life and paid tribute to the "selfless bravery" of the officer.

Full Story >>

Kiev [Ukraine], Mar. 27 (ANI): A Ukrainian military helicopter crashed in the eastern region of the country on Sunday, killing all five people aboard after apparently hitting a power line, the army said.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): British-born terrorist Khalid Masood, who killed five people and injured more than 50 in an attack on Westminster here, was known as a potential extremist in 2010, it emerged as the police made a fresh arrest in connect

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 27 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order to unveil former president Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Sunday, claiming the move would be "pro-growth and pro-environment."

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Mar. 26 (ANI): Russia's main opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been detained amid a tense anti-corruption protest in the heart of Moscow, according to his tweets.

Full Story >>

Pyongyang [North Korea], Mar. 26 (ANI): The North Korean military on Sunday warned the United States and South Korea against any attempt to stage a "special operation" to hit its leadership and military installations, including the nuclear arms base.

Full Story >>

Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized conservative Republicans for nixing the party's ObamaCare overhaul plan, saying, "Democrats are smiling" because the conservatives saved the struggling health care law and Planned Parenthood.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed disappointment over the U.S. authorities' decision to introduce sanctions against eight more Russian companies.

Full Story >>

Geneva [Switzerland], Mar. 26 (ANI): United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has sent a letter to the three guarantor states of the Syria cease-fire - Russia, Turkey and Iran - urging them to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the cease-fire regime during the ongoing peace talks in Geneva.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 26 (ANI): The ban on carrying some selected electronic devices by the passengers in cabins of flights from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa by the United States and United Kingdom was put considering a previously undisclosed terrorists' plot involving explosives hidden in a electronic device.

Full Story >>

Houstan [USA], Mar. 26 (ANI): Ian Grillot, who was injured while trying to intervene during the Kansas shooting incident that killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was felicitated by Indian-Americans community in Houston.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 26 (ANI): A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom.

Full Story >>

Cincinnati [United States], Mar. 26 (ANI): At least one person has reportedly been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, local U.S. media reported.

Full Story >>