The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has decided to fund and promote research in collaboration with the General Electrics to develop standards in solar industry in India.
This is one of the 49 projects, which has been selected by USAID's US Global Development Lab that would receive about $ 10 million to address critical areas of development.
Financed through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, the individual projects will have a look at gaps in scientific knowledge ranging from disaster preparedness to maternal and child health to food security, it said.
"Collaboration is key for accelerating the impact of scientific research on development," Ann Mei Chang, USAID's Chief Innovation Officer, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"Through programs like PEER, we help strengthen the global scientific research community by providing opportunities for the best scientific minds to collaborate on crucial development issues," she was further quoted by agency as saying.