An Indo-Foreign Cell (IFC) was set up in the Indian Council of Medical Research in the early 1980s to coordinate collaboration in biomedical research between India and other countries/ international agencies. The IFC was upgraded to the Division of International Health (IHD) in the year 2000.
The MoU between ICMR and HGF was renewed in May, 2011 at New Delhi in the presence of the then Prime Minister of India and H. E. Chancellor of Germany towards active translational efforts to advance the fight against infections in biomedical research with long-term capacity building for researchers and scientists, in both the countries. The MoU was further renewed in May, 2017 at Berlin during the visit of Hon’ble PM of India to Germany for joint research in areas of Chronic Viral Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance.
The ICMR-INSERM MoU was renewed on 10th March, 2018 at New Delhi during the visit of Hon’ble President of France to India. Joint research will be collaborated in identified mutual areas of interest –Diabetes and Metabolic disorders; Bioethics with focus on regulatory issues of gene editing and Rare diseases.
It may be noted that transfer of all samples to the foreign lab is not permissible. If required, representative samples (about 10%) can be transferred to the foreign collaborators lab for QA/QC purposes.
NOTE : In case of transfer of human biological material under the collaborative proposals, guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi, vide O.M. No.L.19015/53/97-IH(Pt.) dated 19th Nov. 1997 are to be followed Download Guidelines.
Guidelines on foreign engagement on Bio-safety/ Bio-security matters (dated December, 2015) prepared and issued by Division of Disarmament & International Security Affairs (D&ISA), MEA (duly approved by Cabinet Secretariat) for compliance in order to protect national security (reference Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, 2005 and overall framework of Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).
Applications for International Collaborative Projects may be submitted online along with the listed documents for consideration of HMSC.