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Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Herzog Otthein

Prof. Dr.
Otthein Herzog

Universität Bremen


Dr. Glotzbach Ulrich

Ulrich Glotzbach

Leiter Themenschwerpunkt Energie, Ressourcen und Nachhaltigkeit
acatech Munich office

T: +49 (0)30/2 06 79 57-32

German Indian Partnership for IT-Systems (GRIP-IT)

Project status:


Project period:

4/2010 – 8/2012

Project type:

Themenschwerpunkt Technologien

Project description


Germany is India’s most important trade partner within the European Union. 2,700 German-Indian joint ventures have been set up (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2009) since 1991. India has one of the biggest markets in the world with constantly increasing purchasing power and enjoys a reputation as a reliable partner with respect to the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).

The commitment of Indian enterprises in Germany is noteworthy. Foreign direct investment of Indian enterprises has increased substantially. Indian capital investment in Germany (over $4 billion, cumulative) now exceeds German capital investment in India ($2.3 billion, cumulative). Acquisitions by Indian companies in Germany exceed those by Chinese companies (Source: The Emergence of Indian Multinationals, Study 2009, TUHH).

In the academic sector, cooperation between India and Germany is vast. Science studies in India, particularly in the fields of biotechnology, aerospace engineering and IT, is considered outstanding. India comes in third, after the USA and Japan, when the number of Alexander von Humboldt scholarship holders is analysed with regard to country of origin.

In this promising scenario, acatech, the German Academy of Science and Engineering has launched its first international project 'German Indian Partnership for IT Systems (GRIP-IT)' in April 2010. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, this project will act as a catalyst for future research and development collaborations between the two countries by bringing together German and Indian partners from the world of academia and industry to form a platform for networking. The project will organize workshops and symposiums across India providing a forum for thought leaders from business and research institutes to present findings, interact and discuss potential areas of mutual interest. ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Smart Grids’ are possible topics of interest for the upcoming sessions.  GRIP-IT includes a comparison of the innovation systems in Germany and India while also recognizing the significance of intercultural communication in any collaboration between the two countries.

Project Objectives

The project will work with industry, academia and government to foster co-operation between Germany and India in IT research. Project objectives include:

  1. Offer a dedicated networking platform to Information Technology (IT) experts from academia and industry in Germany and India
  2. Foster bilateral Research and Development projects
  3. Contribute to IT research in India for the mutual benefit of Germany and India


Project Group



Previous Project dates

Previous Project dates

  • Satish Dawan Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 25. April 2012

    Joint Symposium- Smart City Technologies as innovation Drivers

    The Symposium was jointly organized by acatech – National Academy of Science and the Center for... 

  • Faculty Hall, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 9. Dezember 2011

    Joint Symposium – Socio-Economic Challenges for Smart Cities in India

    The symposium is organized jointly with CiSTUP – Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable transport... 

  • Seminar hall, Dept of management studies , Indian Institute of science, Bangalore, 20. Mai 2011

    GRIP IT Workshop on Smart cities

    As part of the GRIP IT initiatives, a GRIP IT Workshop on smart cities is planned to be held at the... 

  • Satish Dawan Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 19. Mai 2011

    GRIP IT Symposium – ‚Smart mobility and energy concepts for megacities‘

    As part of the GRIP IT initiatives, a Symposium – Smart mobility and Energy concepts for megacities... 

  • Indien, Bangalore, 12. November 2010

    Workshop GRIP-IT

    The next GRIP-IT Workshop "Smart-Cities" will take place on 12th November 2010 in... 

  • Indien, Bangalore, 23. Juli 2010

    GRIP-IT Workshop "Smart Cities"

    The second GRIP-IT workshop with a focus on ‘Smart Cities’ took place in Bangalore, India on 23rd... 

  • Bangalore (Indien), 21. April 2010

    Project Inaugural Meeting (Deutsch-Indische Partnerschaft)

    The Project Inaugural Meeting (Deutsch-Indische Partnerschaft) took place in Bangalore (India) in...