The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) / the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) have granted three joint projects. All three projects aim to develop innovative minimally invasive technique for a sustainable healthcare system.

The aim of the joint programme between DBT and NWO/ZonMw is to stimulate sustainable Indian-Dutch research collaborations by funding joint research projects with the explicit goal to contribute to a more sustainable healthcare either in India or in The Netherlands.


The Indian-Dutch consortia are jointly funded by DBT and NWO / ZonMw. All projects involve (pre)clinical research with the objective to start phase I/II trial (within the term of the project or directly following the project).


SMART surgical system: High-quality medical devices making minimally invasive surgery applicable to low-resource settings.

  • Prof Jenny Dankelman (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
  • Dr Prashant Jha (AIMS and IIT, India)

IMAGING NEEDLES: Deep tissue multi-modal molecular imaging needle-probes

  • Prof Srirang Manohar (UTwente, The Netherlands)
  • Prof Martin Verweij (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
  • Dr Joost Klaase (MST/UMCG, The Netherlands)
  • Prof Manish Arora (IISC, India)
  • Prof Dhananjaya Bhat (NIMHANS, India)
  • Prof Tony Raj (SJRI, India)

Development of next-generation corneal crosslinking with artificial intelligence and biomechanical modelling

  • Dr R. Nuijts (MUMC+, The Netherlands)
  • Dr A. Sinha Roy (IBMS, India)
  • Dr R. Shetty (Naranyana Nethralay Eye Hospital, India)
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