The India-UK Water Centre funds a small number of Pump Priming Projects designed to take forward ideas or provide preparatory groundwork for future IUKWC activities. Pump priming projects are typically small projects, up to 3 months’ duration, that are designed to initiate further future collaboration; assess the needs of the community for other directed activities; develop new means of communicating joint research results; assess the state of knowledge and/or conduct proof-of-concept pilot studies.

All projects should comprise at least one UK and one Indian collaborator as Activity Leads. It is anticipated that Pump Priming Projects will be initiated using a combination of Focused Calls on a specific topic or targeted pieces of work on a specific topic which are commissioned directly by the India-UK Water Centre to ensure delivery across the Centre's scientific themes. The Centre provides funding and support in agreeing the scope of the work. Funding is normally be limited to £10,000 for UK partners and ₹15,00,000 for Indian partners.

The Centre’s workshops/exchanges result in a significant number of ideas and recommendations for future collaborations. In order to support conversion of these into action, the Centre funds a small number of Pump Priming Projects involving both UK and Indian collaborators.

Pump Priming Project

Pump Priming Project 3 : Synergistic utilisation of EO-based soil moisture observations: Applications in the UK and India

There is a wealth of expertise in the science of remote sensing for freshwater monitoring in both the UK and India, but what is comparatively lacking is the application of EO technologies and products in an operational context. Potential barriers to uptake included limited ground-truth data for validation, lack of awareness on available products and the need for better training This project will seek to investigate barriers and user requirements in more detail and to investigate where EO products can be applied to improve monitoring and forecasting.

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
Pump Priming Project 2: Current opportunities and challenges in developing hydro-climatic services in the Himalayas

Led by Dr Martin Widmann (University of Birmingham). Co-investigators include: Dr.  J. Sanjay (IITM); Dr K.P. Sooraj (IITM); Dr. E.N.Rajagopa (NCMRWF); Dr. A. Mitra (NCMRWF); Prof.  A. Karumuri, (University Hyderabad); Dr A. Orr (BAS); Prof. D. Hannah (Univ. Birmingham); Dr. A. Van Loon (Univ. Birmingham); Miss Rhiannon Blake (University of Birmingham).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
Pump Priming Project 1: Ways of optimising new hydro-climatic services for stakeholders

Led by Dr Zareen Bharucha (Anglia Ruskin University). Co-investigators include: Dr. Rajib Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Ashoka Trust for Ecology and Environment, Bangalore; Dr. Michael Green, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University; Dr. Ajay Bhave, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017