US Secretary of Energy, Ms Jennifer M. Granholm, met with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh to discuss bilateral collaboration between the US and India. The meeting follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US. Ms Jennifer was accompanied by a high-level American delegation.India and the United States jointly launched a call for proposals on Critical and Emerging Technology, specifically Quantum Technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Transforming Lives. This program was created by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and the Secretariat for USISTEF.
Dr Jitendra Singh explained that the USISTEF selects and supports joint US-India technology innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives through a competitive grant program. These initiatives can come from various sources, including startups, government, academic, or commercial ventures, as long as they focus on applied R&D, have a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and demonstrate significant sustainable commercial potential.
Dr Jitendra Singh highlighted that this initiative aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a new chapter in bilateral comprehensive and global strategic partnership. He expressed satisfaction that both India and the US have taken steps to implement the leaders’ decisions.
Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized the Technology Partnership established in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will shape the future of the US-India relationship in the AI era.
Additionally, Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi have welcomed the launch of a $2 million grant program under the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) for the joint development and commercialization of AI and quantum technologies. They also encouraged public-private collaborations to develop high-performance computing facilities in India. Dr Jitendra Singh informed that India has recently approved the National Quantum Mission (NQM) to foster scientific and industrial R&D in Quantum Technology (QT) and create an innovative ecosystem. He emphasized the potential of AI to address global challenges and create economic development opportunities.
Dr Jitendra Singh welcomed the transformative potential of the Endowment fund, stating that investments in AI and quantum technology would lead to significant advancements in various aspects of daily life and bring about social benefits in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and climate change. The call for proposals will remain open until August 31, 2023 and aims to boost both domestic and US priorities related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).