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General Information on Research & Development Funding Schemes of Central Government Departments/Agencies

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

I. Introduction

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was established by an Act of Parliament in the year 1987, with a view to promote proper planning and coordinated development of technical education system throughout the country. The Council has been performing its regulatory, planning and promotional functions through its Bureaus, namely: Administration; Finance; Planning and Coordination; Under Graduate Studies; Post Graduate Education and Research; Faculty Development; Quality Assurance; and Research and Institutional Development Bureaus; and through its Regional Offices located in various parts of the country.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Research & Institutional Development Schemes
    • Modernization & Removal of Obsolescence Scheme (MODROBS)
    • Research Promotion Schemes (RPS)
  2. Industry-Institute Interaction Schemes
    • Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC)
    • Entrepreneurship Development Cells (EDC)
    • National Facilities in Engineering & Technology with Industrial Collaboration (NAFETIC)
    • Nationally Coordinated Project (NCP)

Modernisation and Removal of Obsolescence (MODROBS)

Objective(s)

  • To equip technical institutions with modern infra-structural facilities in laboratory(s)/workshop(s)/computing facilities to enhance functional efficiency for teaching, training and research purposes. Creation of new laboratories is not envisaged. Maximum Funding is Rs. 15 lakhs with 2 years duration.
  • The aims are contemporary Lab Work, relevant project work, indirect benefits to faculty/students of the institution through training programmes and consultancy work.

Research Promotion Schemes (RPS)

Objective(s)

RPS aims to create research ambience by promoting research in technical disciplines and innovations in established and emerging technologies; and to generate Masters and Doctoral degree candidates. The three research avenues within RPS are the following:

  • proof of Concept work - Independent research activity which can lead to growth of knowledge/process in an area, which can grow into a major project. Funding for such projects would be limited to a one time grant of Rs. 5-10 lakhs.
  • capacity Building for research – A young faculty (30 years limit) with grant of Rs. 10-12 lakhs, is encouraged to carry out research at Doctoral level in a reputed institution. The funding can be used for both drawing of salary during leave without pay condition and towards purchase of equipment to carry out research in a Novel area.
  • patentable technology development by a group of faculty members, having proven tract record, who aim at developing new research facilities, at the parent institution, being motivated chiefly by high-end output such as patentable technologies. Funding to such projects would be limited to a one time grant of Rs. 20 lakhs.

Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC)

Objective(s)

  • To establish institute-industry liaison by encouraging: (1) conduct of industrial training programmes (2) facilitating exchange of resource personnel (3) carry out industrial R&D (4) conduct of industrial visits (5) developing appropriate curricula and (6) undertake consultancy services, etc.

Entrepreneurship Development Cells (EDC)

Objective(s)

  • To encourage students to consider self-employment as a career option and provide training in entrepreneurship.

National Facilities in Engineering & Technology with Industrial Collaboration (NAFETIC)

Objective(s)

  • To establish national level facilities in the frontier areas of Engineering & Technology through collaboration between industry(s) and institutions for product development, basic research, trouble shooting, consultancy, testing & training purposes.

Nationally Coordinated Project (NCP)

Objective(s)

  • To plan, coordinate & execute integrated R&D programmes at national level by a group of institutions. The technical/ financial/ administrative deliverables are to be spelled out clearly by the networking institutions with the lead institution being an IIT/IISc/IIM/NIT.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The Council invites fresh proposals annually from AICTE approved technical institutions: University Departments, Government Institutions, Grant-in-aid Institutions and Accredited Institutions in the private sector for financial assistance for schemes operated by the RID Bureau. For five year old institutions in J&K State and North-Eastern States, accreditation criterion is not mandatory.

Centrally funded Institutes such as IITs, IISc, IIM’s, NIT’s are not eligible for these schemes as they are directly funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

Centrally funded Institutions may apply, however, only for the Nationally Coordinated Project (NCP) Scheme.

Professional Bodies/Societies; Industrial Units/Houses; NGO’s; Institutions/Departments not approved by AICTE and Non-accredited departments of Self-financing Institutions are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for RID Bureau Schemes. (This restriction is not applicable to five years old Institutions located in J&K State and the North-Eastern States).

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

As described under III above.

V. Areas of research support

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Architecture
  • Town Planning
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Hotel Management and Catering Technology
  • Applied Arts and Crafts etc.

VI. Components of grant

Each scheme has a different system/level of funding. The details may be seen from the website: www.aicte.ernet.in

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

The details may be seen from the website: www.aicte.ernet.in

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After an initial scrutiny at the Bureau level, proposals are screened by experts on the subject, and if recommended, the concerned Principal Investigator/Coordinator of the Project is invited for presentation of the project proposal before an Expert Committee. Projects recommended by the
Expert Committee are placed before the Board of Research of Institutional Development.

With a view to ensure effective implementation of these schemes, AICTE has set-up an Advisory Board, namely Board of Research & Institutional Development comprising of eminent scientists, engineers, technologists, academicians and industrialists.

IX. Contact Address

Adviser-II
RID Bureau
All India Council for Technical Education
NBCC Building, East Wing, 4th Floor,
Pragati Vihar, Bhisham Pitamah Marg
New Delhi –110 003
Telefax No: (011) 24369632
E-mail: rid@aicte.ernet.in
Website: www.aicte.ernet.in
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

I. Introduction

The major functions of CSIR include promotion, guidance and coordination of scientific and industrial research in India; establishment or development of and assistance to existing special institutions or departments for scientific study of problems affecting particular industries and trades; award of fellowship; utilization of Council’s R&D results for industrial development; collection and dissemination of S&T information; and technology generation, absorption and transfer.

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Group of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has a mandate to develop and nurture S&T manpower at the national level. It also promotes, guides and co-ordinates scientific & industrial research through research grants to Scientists/Professors working in Universities/R&D Institutes of Higher learning.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Research Schemes
  2. Sponsored Schemes
  3. Emeritus Scientist Scheme
  4. Research Fellowships/Associateships
  5. Other Science and Technology Promotion Programmes

II.1 Research Schemes

Objective(s)

  • To promote research work in the field of S&T including agriculture, engineering and medicine. Multi-disciplinary projects which involve inter-organisational cooperation (including that of CSIR Laboratories) are also considered. Preference is given to schemes which have relevance to research programmes of CSIR laboratories.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Professors/Scientists and other experts in regular employment in Universities, IITs, Post Graduate Institutions, Colleges, recognized R&D laboratories etc.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal in the prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology including agriculture, engineering and medicine.

VI. Components of grant

Fellowships, contingencies and equipment.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel, furniture/office equipment.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The Governing Body of CSIR is the Apex Body to consider the research proposals. The proposals received by CSIR are sent to a number of referees and the concerned CSIR laboratories for evaluation and comments. These are further evaluated by the respective research committees. A number of discipline-wise research committees have been constituted by CSIR for this purpose. The research committees submit the proposals with its recommendation to the Governing Body for taking a final decision on the project. The research committees usually meet twice in a year.

The PI is required to submit annually comprehensive report on prescribed proforma for renewal of the project to next year.

These reports are evaluated by the respective Research Committees. Projects are also monitored through presentation by PI in monitoring sessions.

Ten copies of the Project Completion Report (PCR) are required to be submitted. The PCR is evaluated by experts identified by Research Committees. Where necessary, patenting of the results, is taken care of by CSIR.

II.2 Sponsored Schemes

Objective(s)

  • The Directors of CSIR laboratories may invite applications for research grants in specific areas of interest to their respective laboratories. They will forward these to the CSIR HRD Group. The scheme enables the CSIR laboratories to interact with university system, so that the CSIR laboratory can take the help of the faculty there to undertake part of the work of its core programme, for which it either does not have the time and or expertise.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Professors/Scientists and other experts in regular employment in Universities, IITs, Post Graduate Institutions, Colleges, recognized R&D laboratories etc.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal in the prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology including agriculture, engineering and medicine.

VI. Components of grant

Fellowships, contingencies & equipment.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel, furniture/office equipment.

VIII. Mechanism of Implementation & monitoring

The Governing Body of CSIR is the Apex Body to consider the research proposals. The proposals received by CSIR are sent to a number of referees and the concerned CSIR laboratories for evaluation and comments. These are further evaluated by the respective research committees. A number of discipline-wise research committees have been constituted by CSIR for this purpose. The research committees submit the proposal with its recommendation to the Governing Body for taking a final decision on the project. The research committees usually meet twice in a year.

II.3 Emeritus Scientist Scheme

Objective(s)

  • To provide support to superannuated outstanding scientists to pursue research in their respective field of specialization and having relevance to the programmes of CSIR.

III. Who can submit a proposal

A scientist who has been actively engaged in scientific research during the preceding five years of superannuation.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal in the prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology including agriculture, engineering and medicine.

VI. Components of grant

Scientist allowance, fellowship and contingency.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Furniture/Office equipment.

VII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposals received by CSIR are sent to a number of referees and the concerned CSIR laboratories for evaluation and comments. These are further considered by the Standing Committee constituted for this purpose. The Standing Committee usually meets twice in a year.

The PI is required to submit annually, comprehensive report on prescribed proforma to the Standing Committee for renewal of the project for the next year. The detailed progress report is reviewed twice, once after about two and half years to decide on extension beyond initial three years and finally before termination. Ten copies of the PCR are required to be submitted.

II.4 Research Fellowships/Associateships

Objective(s)

  • Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) provides opportunities to bright young men and women through an all India examination, for research and training under experienced researchers/investigators of repute in the various fields of science. The selected research scholars are appointed initially as Junior Research Fellows for a period of two years and subject to satisfactory performance on assessment at the end of this period, they can be given higher stipend for the remaining period in the form of Senior Research Fellowship.
  • The Council has also a Scheme for the award of Senior Research Fellowship [SRF/Associateship (RA)] to encourage young research workers having good quality published work to their credit to pursue research work in science, engineering, technology, and medicine on specific research programmes.
III. Who are eligible to apply
JRF
-
Candidate upto the age of 28 years with qualification M.Sc with 55% marks.
Candidate upto the age of 28 years with qualification BE/B.Tech/B.Arch/ B.Pharm/ ME/M.Tech (last semester) with valid GATE score.
SRF
-
Candidate upto the age of 32 years with qualification M.Sc/BE/B.Tech or equivalent with 60% marks and with at least two years research experience or with qualification M.Pharma/M.VSc with one year experience; or MBBS/BDS with one year internship; or B.Pharma/B.VSc with 3 years experience or ME/M.Tech or equivalent degree.
SRF
-(Ext)
Candidate upto the age of 33 years who has submitted his Ph.D thesis but degree is yet to be awarded.
RA
-
Ph.D/MD/MS/MDS or equivalent or M.V.Sc/M.Pharma/M.E./M.Tech with three years research experience. Age limit 35 years.

Age in all cases relaxable by five years for SC/ST, OBC. Women and physically handicapped candidates.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The application in the prescribed format can be submitted against advertisement.

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology including agriculture, engineering and medicine.

VI. Components of grant

Fellowships and contingencies.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel, furniture, stationery.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The selection for award of JRF is made on the basis of a competitive written test called National Eligibility Test (NET) organized jointly by CSIR and UGC. NET qualified candidates are awarded fellowships.

Selection of SRF/RA is made through assessment of academic record and published/project work by discipline wise Experts Committees.

JRF/SRF/RA are required to submit annual progress report and the progress of work are assessed by the Expert/Assessment Committee.

PCR is to be submitted in the prescribed proforma on completion/termination of fellowships.

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship

Objective(s)

  • The objective of the SPM fellowship is to nurture budding scientific talent towards pursuit of scientific research.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The scheme is open to top 20 per cent CSIR/UGC JRF, NET Scholars along with top 100 GATE qualified candidates with percentile 99 and above.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Once a year examination on 2nd Sunday of July every year.

V. Areas of research support

Basic sciences (5 fellowships each in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences & Mathematical Sciences).

VI. Components of grant

Fellowships and contingencies.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant.

International travel, Furniture, stationery.

VIII. Mechanism of Implementation and monitoring

The scheme is open to top 20% CSIR-UGC JRF-NET scholars and top 100 GATE qualified candidates with percentile 99 and above, who have to qualify a specially designed written test followed by an interview.

Senior Research Associateship

Through this scheme, highly qualified Indian scientists, engineers, technologists and medical personnel returning from foreign countries, who are not holding any employment in India are provided temporary placement. Person who have not been abroad and possess outstanding academic record and have not been able to secure regular employment are also eligible.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Ph.D, M.Tech, MD/MS with two years research/teaching experience and publication(s).

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The application in the prescribed format can be submitted any time of the year.

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology including agriculture, engineering and medicine.

VI. Components of grant

Fellowship and allowances.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel, furniture, stationery.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

These appointments are for a period three years only. Selections are made by a Special Recruitment Board constituted for this purpose, on the basis of documents submitted and personal interview.

SRA are required to submit annual progress report and the progress of work are assessed by the Expert/Assessment Committees.

PCR is to be submitted in the prescribed proforma on completion/termination of fellowship.

Recognition of Excellence

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Over the years, SSB Prize has become the most coveted National recognition for scientists and engineers. The Prize is given to outstanding scientists in seven disciplines of science and technology. It is open to any Indian citizen below 45 years of age with proven R&D track record of achieving excellence in S&T.

CSIR Young Scientist Award

This award is meant for CSIR scientists below the age of 35 years for outstanding work done in the country. The YSA is given in five disciplines of science & technology.

II.5 Other Science and Technology Promotion Programmes

  1. CSIR Programme on Youth Leadership in Science

    The CPYLS is a unique ‘hand holding’ programme for school children at secondary level. The objective of the scheme is to attract the meritorious young school children towards science. The top 100 science students of CBSE, ICSE and State Boards in Class X examination are contacted by the CSIR laboratories. A traveling allowance to visit the CSIR laboratory and facilities to carry out project work at the CSIR laboratory is provided. This scheme is tenable till graduation.

  2. CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Award Scheme

    The CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Awards Scheme is a preparative scheme through which young interns are being trained for two years in the tools and techniques of research under supervision of experienced CSIR scientists. A student who is a 1st Class BE/B.Tech/B.Arch/B.Pharma/M.Sc/MBBS is eligible. The age limit is 25 years. Applications to be made against advertisement of the concerned CSIR laboratory.

  3. Visiting Associateship Scheme

    The scheme enables guest scientists from outside CSIR laboratories to make use of advanced R&D facilities available in the CSIR setup. Under this programme the scientist is provided to and fro traveling expenses and daily allowance at CSIR rates for a period of maximum 60 days for two visits in a year. The associateship is tenable for 3 years. Selection is made on the basis of recommendation of the Director of the concerned CSIR laboratory.

  4. Partial Financial Assistance for holding National/International Conferences/ Symposium/Seminar/Workshops in India

    The CSIR has a scheme for providing partial financial assistance to scientific Societies/Institutions/University departments for organizing National/International Conferences/ Symposia/ Seminars/ Workshops etc., in India. The applications, on prescribed format, should be submitted to HRDG/CSIR preferably at least three months before the event. Bonafide Indian registered Scientific Societies/Associations of scientists & engineers and Academic Institutions are eligible to apply for financial assistance. An expert Committee, constituted for the purpose by DG, CSIR, examines each proposal and recommends quantum of grant for each event.

  5. Partial Travel Grants to Research Scholars

    The HRDG, CSIR has a scheme of providing partial foreign travel grants to research scholars (not in regular employment), whose papers are accepted for oral or poster presentation at the International Conference abroad on recommendations of the Expert Committee. For this HRDG, CSIR receives applications on prescribed format at least three months before the event.

  6. Entrepreneurship Support to Research Scholars

    This programme is for Research Scholars working in CSIR laboratories. The objective of this programme is to broad base the perspective of the research scholars so that they can make linkages of their scientific and technical knowledge to the buoyant world of business and industry.

  7. Faculty Training Programme and Adoption of Schools and Colleges by CSIR Laboratories

    The objective of this scheme is to refurbish and enlarge upon the knowledge and skill base of science teachers from selected school and colleges in emerging areas so as to raise the level of the quality of science education in the country by providing facilities to students to do project work in CSIR laboratories and also by periodically conducting special lectures by experts on the topics of current interest.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Human Resource Development Group
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa
New Delhi – 110 012
Tel. Nos: (011) 25748632, 25721585
Fax. No: (011) 25840887, 25860595
E-mail: csircx@nda.vsnl.net.in
Website: http://csirhrdg.res.in
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

1. Introduction

DRDO is dedicatedly engaged in the formulation and execution of programmes of scientific research, design and development, testing and evaluation leading to induction of state-of-art weapons and equipment which would compete and compare favourably with its contemporary systems available elsewhere in the world. It consists of a chain of laboratories/establishments situated all over the country, pursuing assigned scientific goals with delegated powers under the policy direction provided by the headquarters in New Delhi. DRDO also supports a substantial amount of extramural research in academic institutions and other laboratories on defence related problems through various grants-in-aid schemes and other sponsored projects.

Truly indigenous solutions to military problems and the related technologies can be developed only if judicious investments are made in expanding and deepening the foundations of basic scientific knowledge and the technological validation of new concepts that emerge from such knowledge. Such enlargement of the applicable knowledge base is accomplished by the exertions of, and the imagination released in, young researchers and their mentors in academic institutions.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Extramural Research Scheme
  2. Aeronautics Research & Development Board

II.1. Extramural Research Scheme

Objective(s)

  • Research sponsored in academic institutions under the extramural research (ER) scheme focuses on research on phenomena or observations that are not understood, and that lack of understanding is recognized as an obstacle to scientific or technological progress in the broad topic area of relevance to military R&D. The knowledge base so generated is embodied in high-quality technical manpower and in the new understanding, techniques and design-tools developed through the basic research funded. Such new knowledge can also provide pathways to significant advances in the mission-effectiveness of traditional military roles.
  • Collaterally with the expanded knowledge-base created, a primary end-result of the research that is funded under the ER program is a networked group of qualified people whose expertise resulting from the research can be drawn-upon to build an exploitable area of new technology that has potential military applicability.
  • The ER scheme also supports the instrumentality of Memoranda of Collaboration (MoC) between DRDO Laboratories & Establishments and academia. These MoC invariably involve more than on DRDO establishment and cover explorations and investigations on a range of topics within a broad subject arena that generically cross-link the research activities of the collaborating Laboratories & Establishments and the research-disciplines of the selected collaborating academic institution. Such institutional cross-linking is organic, not episodic, and is made operational in an MoC through a management structure which includes in its standing arrangements representation of directors of the collaborating DRDO institutions.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Approved Research Institutions, Universities or Colleges, Departments or Laboratories or Scientists of eminence attached to reputed industrial firms with R&D facilities both in the Government and Non-Government sector.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Ten copies of the project proposal in the prescribed format may be submitted to the director, ER&IPR. Applications are accepted all through the year.

V. Areas of research support

As explained under the head “Objectives”.

VI. Components of grant

Special equipment, salaries, expendable materials, contingencies and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Building up of basic facilities, personal payments to members of regular staff of the Institution.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

All proposals will be referred to the appropriate specialists of DRDO laboratories and senior professors from academic institutions.. Based on the recommendations of the experts, the proposals are put up to Director Er & IPR or Chief Controller(R&D) The director Er & IPR issues the sanction letter for the approved proposals. The Institution/organization is required to submit 4 copies of the annual progress report of the projects in the prescribed proforma for the Director Er & IPR and other lab experts. The decision to continue the project is taken based on the outcome of the project review meeting.

IX. Contact Address

The Director
Directorate of Extramural & Intellectual Property Rights
Defence Research & Development Organisation
West Block 8, Wing 5, 1st Floor, R.K. Puram
New Delhi - 110066
Telefax: 011-26170928
E-Mail: erip_er@drdohq.res.in
Website: www.drdo.com

II.2. Aeronautics Research & Development Board

Objective(s)

Government has set up Aeronautics Research & Development Board to coordinate, fund and sensitize futuristic, scientific technological areas having potential application for aeronautical systems, at academic institutions and national scientific laboratories. For this purpose, Grants-in-Aid of Rs. 5 Crores per year has been earmarked. The objectives are:

  • the Aeronautics R&D Board has instituted a Grants-in-Aid Scheme to nurture the available research talent and to develop facilities in IITs, Universities, Higher Technological Institutes, Colleges and other research centers including industry in the country for promoting research, design and development programmes in Aeronautics and Allied Sciences, keeping in view the future needs of the country with respect to aircraft, helicopters, missiles and all other air borne vehicles and their operation.
  • besides the projects activities, the Board promotes Centres of Excellence in selected areas like Computational Fluid Dynamics, Systems Design & Engineering and Composite Structures Technology. Some more centers are under consideration.
  • the Board also promotes Seminars, Presentation of papers in India & abroad, Writing of books, and promoting airmindedness in School children.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Approved Research Institutions, Universities or Colleges, Departments or Laboratories or individuals attached to reputed industrial firms with R&D facilities both in the Government and Non-Government sector.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Twenty copies of the proposal in the prescribed form may be sent any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Projects or schemes of value to aircraft, helicopters, missiles and all other airborne vehicles including their operation would be supported. The Aeronautics R&D Board shall also entertain applications for sanction of grants-in-aid for build up of basic facilities/infrastructure and for conducting seminar, symposia, short courses, deputation/training of manpower, intensive short courses of current interest to Aeronautics and missiles, award of flying scholarships & other promotional activities within the country.

VI. Components of grant

Research staff, special equipment, consumables, stores, chemicals, contingencies, travel within the country.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Personal payment to members of regular staff of school, colleges, institutions, travel abroad and employment of consultants are not permissible except when specifically authorized for conducting short courses/seminar supported by the Board.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is coordinated through a number of specialist panels duly constituted by the Chairman AR&DB to cover the different disciplines viz.,

  • Aerodynamics Panel
  • Structures Panel
  • Propulsion Panel
  • Operation Problems Panel
  • Human Engineering Panel
  • Material & Processes Panel
  • Aircraft Systems Panel
  • Aerospace Information Panel
  • Manpower Development Panel
  • Aerospace Manufacturing & Value Engineering

IX. Contact Address

Secretary, AR&DB
Defence Research & Development Organization
332, 'B' Wing, Sena Bhawan
New Delhi – 110 011
Tel. No: (011) 23014034
Fax. No:. (011) 23793004
E-mail: ardb@drdo.com
Website: www.drdo.com/boards/ardb/default.htm
Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)

I. Introduction

The Department of Atomic Energy supports research programmes in Nuclear Science and Technology through the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS). BRNS support the following schemes.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. R&D Project
  2. Symposium/Conference/Workshop
  3. DAE Young Scientists Research Award
  4. Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship
  5. Raja Ramanna Fellowship
  6. Visiting Scientists
  7. Homi Bhabha Chair Professorship
  8. DAE Graduate Fellowships
  9. DAE Graduate Fellowships for Ph.D.
  10. DAE-SRC Award

II.1 R&D Project Scheme

Objective(s)

  • Fostering research capabilities and manpower development in universities and similar institutions of higher learning and research.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Faculty members of the universities and other similar educational and research institutions.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

All research proposals should be submitted by November 15 in the prescribed format (Form 2A) of BRNS. Copies of the form can be obtained from the Programme Officer, BRNS or from http://www.barc.ernet.in/webpages/brns/brns1.html.

V. Areas of research support

  • Basic Sciences (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Life and Medical Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Material Science
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Isotopes Applications in Industry
  • Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Radiation and Environmental Sciences

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, consumables, travel and other contingencies. In addition Staff salaries are also provided.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Infrastructure facilities like building, air conditioner, furniture, fixtures etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The research proposals are referred to the concerned Advisory Committee. The Proposals are thereafter referred to specialists in the field and members of the Advisory Committee. Proposals requiring a large funding, a sub-committee consisting of experts in the field is constituted for initial evaluation. In such cases, members of the Advisory committee may visit the institution or invite the Investigator to assess the laboratory facilities. The Advisory committees forward their recommendations on each research proposals to BRNS. BRNS makes its recommendations to the DAE. Based on the recommendations of BRNS, new proposals are approved by DAE.

For all major projects a monitoring committee is constituted. For projects not having a principal collaborator from DAE, a coordinator for DAE in nominated. The investigators are required to present their progress of work to the Advisory committee members and experts in the field. Five copies of the Project Completion Report (PCR) are required to be submitted to DAE. These are referred and reviewed by the Advisory Committee.

In addition to the normal projects submitted by the principal investigators for financial support, BRNS also considers some intensively funded schemes of importance to DAE as well as to create major centers at selected places to develop expertise in a particular area of science and technology. These proposals are funded after critical evaluation and wherever necessary BRNS constitutes separate sub-committees with experts drawn from both within and outside DAE for evaluation and follow-up.

II.2 Symposium/Conference/Workshop

Objective(s)

  • To promote large scale interactions in various disciplines of science and technology that are of interest to DAE.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The chairman/Convenor of the Organising Committee of the Symposium.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

All applications should be in the prescribed format in Form 2E for seeking partial financial assistance and Form 2D for seeking full financial assistance from BRNS. Application for such support in the prescribed form should reach Programme Officer BRNS. Application for such support in the prescribed form should reach Programme Officer, BRNS at least 3 months in advance before the date of the event. The Form 2E may be downloaded from the http://www.barc.ernet.in

V. Components of grant

Expenditure on printing of Circulars, Invitation Cards, Banners and Registration bags. Payment of Travelling Allowance/Support to delegates and invited speakers.

II.3 DAE Young Scientist Research Award

Objective(s)

  • To support young scientist below the age of 35 years in their initial years of settling down in a career of R&D.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists / Engineers working in universities, academic institutions of higher learning having a regular position.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposals are accepted and processed throughout the year.

V. Areas of research support

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Life and Medical Sciences
  • Engineering Science
  • Material Science
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Food and Agricultural Science
  • Radiation and Environmental Sciences
  • Radioisotope Application

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, consumables, travel and other contingencies. The maximum limit of cost of the project is Rs. 10 lakhs.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Infrastructure facilities.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposals received are sent for reviewer’s comments. Subsequently, the concerned Advisory Committee of BRNS invites the applicant for presentation if necessary. Financial sanctions are issued based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, BRNS. The Advisory Committee monitors the projects through six monthly reports from the investigators. Five copies of the project completion report (PCR) are required to be submitted to DAE. These are referred and reviewed by the Advisory Committee.

II.4 Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship

Objective(s)

  • To support talented science and engineering research scholars.

III. Who can submit a proposal

(a) Minimum Educational Qualification and Experience:

    (i) For Engineers: Ph.D. degree in Engineering (Those who have submitted thesis for Ph.D. may also apply) or Master’s degree in Engineering (M.Tech./M.E.) with 2-year R&D experience after obtaining M.Tech./M.E. degree.

    (ii) For Scientists: Ph.D. degree in Science (Those who have submitted thesis for Ph.D. may also apply).

(b) Nationality/Age: Indian not more than 32 years as on 1st January in the year of the application. The age criterion is relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates. The SC/ST/OBC certificate should be as per the prescribed format.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Applications are received throughout the year. Selection interviews are held twice every year. The applicants who submit their applications by 31st March are called for interview in July and those who submit their applications by 30th September are called for interview in January.

V. Areas of research support

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Radiation Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Electronics Sciences
  • Materials Science

VI. Components of grant

Selected candidates are awarded KSKRA and paid a consolidated sum of Rs. 18,000/- per month. In addition Rs. 10,000/- per year is paid as Educational Material Allowance. Associates are provided Hostel accommodation, medical and leave benefits during the Associateship.

VII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Selection is done by an interview committee (appointed by BRNS) from among the short listed candidates based on their qualification, published R&D work and performance in the interview.

KSKRAs are generally appointed as Scientific Officer/ Engineer-D subject to satisfactory performance during the Associateship as evaluated by the DAE concerned unit. Additional increments are also awarded depending upon qualification, experience and performance during the Associateship. Exceptionally brilliant candidates with excellent track record in advanced technologies of relevance to DAE and having a Ph.D. may be considered for the higher pay scale of Scientific Officer/ Engineer-E.

II.5 Raja Ramanna Fellowship Scheme (RRFS)

Objective(s)

  • To utilize the services of active retired scientists/engineers and technologists, who have been involved in high quality research in their specialized discipline in the units of the DAE or any National Laboratory or University/Institute.

III. Who can submit a proposal

(i) Scientists, engineers & technologists retired from units of DAE including Aided Institutions are eligible.

(ii) Scientists, engineers & technologists retired from non-DAE institutions who are, preferably, fellows of one or more major science/engineering academies.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The Head of the Host Institute interested in utilizing the services of the DAE-BRNS Senior Scientist may send nomination papers to the Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Anushakti Bhavan, C.S.M. Marg, Mumbai-400 001.

V. Areas of research support

Areas of interest to Department of Atomic Energy.

VI. Components of grant

The Award is consisting of the following remuneration:

Honorarium: Rs. 20,000/- per month remuneration to be paid to the Scientist should be such that Rs. 20,000 + pension does not exceed the gross salary drawn at the time of retirement. The honorarium of Rs. 20,000/- will be reduced wherever necessary. The honorarium will be taxable at source.

Contigency: Rs. 50,000/- p.a. (includes the expenditure for the part time services of a Scientific Asstt./ Research Associate/ Secretary for collection of information, typing, etc. This would also cover the cost of stationery travel (within the country). Included in this would be the cost of other communication facilities limited to Rs. 10,000/-

Travel Allowance, LTC and Leave as per rules.

VII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Applications will normally be reviewed twice a year (around 15th March and 15th September) but the review may be carried out at other times also in special cases. The names of scientists selected for this scheme shall normally be announced in April and October every year; however, announcements in special cases will also be made, subject to review as described above.

The Senior Scientist will submit an annual progress report to Chairman, AEC on the research work at the end of each calendar year along with a Statement of Expenditure for renewal and release of grant for the new year. Progress reports will be reviewed after two-and-a-half years, so that the decision to extend the tenure can be taken in time. The review will be taken by a committee appointed by the BRNS.

The Senior Scientist will be required to submit a consolidated technical report for the entire duration of the award at the end of the tenure. The actual research achievements made under the scheme may be summarized in about 200 words and mentioned in the Final Technical Report. Copies of manuscripts, preprints and reprints of papers arising from the work completed under the scheme should be attached to the Final Technical Report, and submitted to Chairman, AEC.

II.6 Visiting Scientists

Objective(s)

  • To promote close interactions on specialized scientific and technical topics between the scientists and technologists from DAE and Universities/IITs/IISc/ National Labs.

III. Who can be a Visiting Scientist

Faculty members of Universities/Institutes interacting with DAE can be invited to visit a DAE unit as a visiting scientist to work on a problem of relevance to DAE in collaboration with a research group in the DAE Unit.

IV. Components of grant

    a) Visits for a month and more
    Rs. 16,000/- to Rs. 20,000/- p.m.
    • Senior Visiting Scientists/ Engineers/ Professors
    Rs.10,500/- to Rs. 15,000/- p.m.
    • Visiting Scientists/Engineers
    b) Visits for less than a month
    1/4th of monthly rate per week or Rs.800/- to Rs.1,000/- per day
    subject to maximum weekly rate of Rs.4,000/- to Rs.5,000/-
    • Senior Visiting Scientists/Engineers/Professors
    Rs.2,500/- to Rs.3,750/- per week or
    or Rs.500/- to Rs.600/- per day
    subject to a maximum weekly rate of Rs.2,500/- to Rs.3,750/-
    • Visiting Scientists/Engineers

Travelling Allowance, House Rent Allowance etc. as admissible.

V. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The invitation should have approval of the Group Board/ Appropriate Scientific Committee of the research center. After approval by the Group Board/ Appropriate Scientific Committee, the proposal may be submitted to BRNS Secretariat by the host through Group Director/ Head of the Unit giving details as approved. The period of visit shall be up to 3 months. The visitor may be a Principal Investigator (PI) of an ongoing BRNS project who wants to carry out part of the project at his Principal Collaborator’s (PC) laboratory or he may be a prospective PI who wants to formulate his project proposal in consultation with Scientists/ Engineers from a DAE unit. The visiting scientist may deliver a series of lectures in a research center of DAE. At end of the visitorship the scientist may submit a report highlighting outcome of the visit.

II.7 Homi Bhabha Chair Professorship

Objective(s)

  • These Chairs are instituted in recognition of sustained record of excellence and creative contribution to research and / or teaching in the area of interest to DAE.

III. Components of grant

DAE pays the Chair Professor a salary of Rs.26,000/- per month with all permissible allowances as per government rules in force. The Chair professor is also eligible for PF and other retirement benefits. The Host Institution is given an ad-hoc grant of Rs.50,000/- per annum to cover the expenses on providing accommodation and other infrastructural facilities to the Chair Professor.

II.8 DAE Graduate Fellowships Scheme (DGFS)

Objective(s)

  • To provide excellent career opportunity to students qualifying for admission to the M.Tech Course in Indian Institute of Technology at Mumbai, New Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai or Roorkee.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Applicants opting for this scheme should fulfill following eligibility criteria:

Nationality/ Age: Indian with age not more than 26 years as on 1st Sept. of the year of admission to M.Tech. Relaxation in age by 5 years for SC/ST and by 3 years for OBC applicants is admissible.

Qualifications: Applicant should first secure admission (on their own) at the Institute (in Jun-Aug 2004 for the batch DGFS-2004) under the relevant M.Tech Programme with required Pre-M.Tech Degree/Discipline (BE/B.Tech/M.Sc).

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

An advertisement for the Scheme appears in Newspaper during Nov/Dec every year. Applicant can apply using the associated ‘Application Form’ either by mailing application by post (by April 15) or through website www.hrdbarc.gov.in (by April 20). Final Selection will be by an interview (during June/July) of short-listed applicants.

V. Areas of research support

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Cryogenic
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Nuclear Hydrology
  • Metallurgical Engg, Materials Sc/Engg
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Reliability Engineering, Systems & Control Engineering, Energy Systems
  • Power/Communication/Control Engg, Integrated Electronics & Circuits
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Science, Engg & Technology
  • Applied Optics, Lasers & Optoelectronics
  • Nuclear Engg & Technology
  • Solid State Materials/Electronic Materials

VI. Components of grant

A monthly stipend of Rs.11000/- and a one time educational material allowance and Rs.5000/- will be paid to the selected DGFS Fellow through the Institute. In addition, their tuition fees will be reimbursed by the DAE to the Institute directly. All other statutory deposits, hostel fee, mess dues etc. will be payable by the selected applicants directly to the Institute. Selected applicants will be entitled to medical facilities as admissible to all other students at the Institute Campus.

VII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

DGFS fellow requires to complete the M.Tech Course in 2 years. Elective/Audit courses and project work will be decided jointly by the DAE and the Institute Project Guides. On joining the scheme, selected DGFS Fellows will sign an agreement and a bond to serve DAE for a period of 3 years starting from date of joining in DAE as Scientific Officer-C. In case of non-compliance he/she will have to refund the stipend, fees, book allowances etc paid by DAE.

The DGFS Fellows will be absorbed in the grade of Scientific Officer-C in the DAE Units on successful completion of the course. If a DGFS Fellow withdraws from the scheme before the completion of the M.Tech programme, he/she will have to refund, as per the terms and conditions of the Agreement & Bond, stipend, fees, book allowances etc paid by DAE. If such a DGFS fellow decides to continue M.Tech, the Institute will not pay him/her any stipend.

II.9 DAE Graduate Fellowships Scheme(Ph.D.) [DGFS(Ph.D.)]

Objective(s)

  • (i) To provide an opportunity to work on projects of interest to DAE to those students who aspire to attain the highest academic qualification, (ii) to achieve the basic objective of strengthening linkages between the grant-in-aid institutions and the research centres for the benefit of advancing the pace of research in nuclear sciences, and (iii) to accelerate the speed to translating R&D into technology products and their applications.

Since the DGFS (Ph.D.) is aimed at strengthening scholarship in the areas of interest to DAE, the fellowship awardees will be required to enroll for a Ph.D. programme of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)

III. Who can submit a proposal

The fellows for admission to DGFS (Ph.D.) will be selected by HBNI based on an all-India level selection procedure. Entry-level qualification will be M.Sc. or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or related subjects or B.Tech. or equivalent in an engineering discipline of interest to DAE.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Against specific advertisements.

V. Areas of research support

To carry forward this scheme at the constituent institutions, a list of broad areas of interest to the programmes of DAE, which could be pursued for research leading to Ph.D. by students, will be prepared with the approval of Chairman AEC. The R&D centres and grant-in-aid institutions will prepare topics for research in the identified areas.

VI. Components of grant

The fellowship amount offered will be Rs. 11,000/- during the first year and Rs. 15,000/- during the subsequent three years. The students will also get a contingency grant of Rs.10,000/- per year and the amount not spent can be carried over. The contingency grant can be used for travel to participate in symposia and for buying educational material such as books, CDs, software etc. Any travel related to the project work has to be funded from the budget of the constituent institution, since the student will work on a project of interest to the institution.

VII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The selected candidates will pursue Ph.D. programme in one of the Constituent Institutions of HBNI. All fellows will be registered for Ph.D. with the HBNI and seconded to a research center or a grant-in-aid institution as per convenience.The topic of research will be of direct interest to the programmes of DAE. The students will be assigned two advisors, one having strength in basic research and the other in technology development, preferably across institutions.

The students will have the option to quit DGFS during the first 4 months. If anyone quits after 4 months and before the completion of two years, he/she will have to refund half the fellowship amount received by him/her. (It is felt that anyone who has spent two years, would have done sufficient research work and would not like to quit. Limiting the period to two years would make the bond amount manageable).

After the award of Ph.D., the scholars will have the option to appear for selection under Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA) programme.

II.10 DAE-SRC Awards

Objective(s)

  • The core objective is to augment support to individual research workers with highly innovative ideas and with proven abilities to pursue advanced research in frontier areas of science and engineering at an accelerated pace.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Individual scientists/engineers of the DAE constituent units, as well as those outside DAE, working in public funded institutions are eligible to apply for these awards.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted any time during the year, there is no fixed format for the proposals, However, the applicant is expected to include the following:

a. A write up describing the relevance and importance of the proposed research and what the proposer expects to achieve at the end of the 5 years period.

b. Financial requirements for a 5-year period for equipment, consumables and research staff.

c. Other items such as travel and contingency expenditure.

The proposal should be sponsored by the Head of the Department / Director of the Institution, where the work is proposed to be carried out.

V. Components of grant

Expenditure on equipment, consumables and research infrastructure and research staff. The upper limit for funding would be about Rs. 1 crore per project spread over a period of 5 years. In the scheme provision for funding exists to facilitate work at centres other than the parent organization within the country. Such provisions include financial support for collaborative research and travel, visiting fellowship, transit accommodation and other perks as appropriate, to the individual awardee for the period that he is away from his parent organization.

VI. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The initial screening of the proposal shall be done by a Committee set up by the Chairman, AEC. If the Screening Committee selects a proposal, applicant would be asked to submit a detailed work plan. The detailed version of proposals will be scrutinized by a Committee of Experts to be chosen by the DAE SRC. Potential awardees would be requested to present their proposed work in person to the Committee before the final selection is made. (The awardees may have to modify the proposal based on interaction with the experts). Final approval for the project will be accorded by the DAE-SRC and its implementation would be under the Board of Research In Nuclear Sciences (BRNS).

VII. Contact Address

The Scientific Secretary / Programme Officer
BRNS Secretariat
Department of Atomic Energy
1st Floor, Central Complex,
BARC, Trombay
Mumbai-400 085
Tel. No: (022) 25505223/ 25593946/25595331/ 25595386
Fax : (022) 25505151/ 25519613
E-mail: drppc@barc.ernet.in/ trehan@barc.ernet.in/ gnpandey@barc.ernet.in
Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoepathy (AYUSH)

I. Introduction

The AYUSH Systems include Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy and include therapies documented and used in these Systems for the prevention and cure of various disorders and diseases. India has a large infrastructure for teaching and clinical care under these Systems. The scientific validation of the treatment however still remains to be done on a wide scale.

The Department of AYUSH has introduced a Scheme for extra-mural research in addition to the intra-mural research undertaken by four Research Councils for Ayurveda & Siddha, Unani, Homoeopathy, Yoga & Naturopathy set up by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare three decades ago. The off take and output from this scheme has so far been limited and has not been able to meet the standards for scientific enquiry and outcome effectively. The Department has taken up a series of programs/interventions wherein evidence based support for the efficacy claims is needed. Safety, quality control and consistency of products are also very much required.

In the present era of globalization and development of a world market for traditional and herbal medicine, research & development is needed to promote the production and export of quality products in the form of drugs, food supplements, toiletries and cosmetics. There is an intense competition from other countries in the trade of herbal products. India’s share in the world market is negligible. The revised extra-mural research project has, therefore, been designed to encourage R&D in priority areas so that the research findings lead to validation of claims and acceptability of the AYUSH approach and drugs.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Extra-mural Research (EMR) project Scheme of AYUSH Systems of medicine and Accreditation of Organizations for Research & Development in the fields of AYUSH.
  2. Golden Triangle Partnership (GTP) Scheme for validation of traditional Ayurvedic Drugs and development of new drugs.

1I.1 Extra-mural Research (EMR) project Scheme of AYUSH Systems of medicine and Accreditation of Organizations for Research & Development in the fields of AYUSH.

Objective(s)

  • To develop evidence based support on the efficacy of AYUSH drugs and therapies.
  • To generate data on safety, standardization and quality control of AYUSH products and practices.
  • To facilitate the validation of relevant and promising practices and skills of traditional health practitioners and to further develop their utility for public benefit.
  • To retrieve and revive the rare classical literature and historical aspects of AYUSH.
  • To investigate the fundamental principles of Indian Systems of Medicine.
  • To generate a data base on various aspects of AYUSH practices.
  • To generate data on Heavy metals, Pesticide residues, Microbial load, Safety/Toxicity etc., in the raw drugs & finished ASU & H drugs.
  • To utilize appropriate technologies for development of single and Ply-herbal/herbo-mineral products to make it globally acceptable.
  • To develop the products those have IPR potentials to attract national/multinational pharmaceutical companies.
  • Human Resource Development especially to inculcate Scientific aptitude and expertise relating to AYUSH systems.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The institutions/investigators seeking a project from the Department of AYUSH should have adequate infrastructure to pursue the research project. In case of clinical research, the hospital, laboratory facilities for bio-chemical, pathological, radiological and electro-physiological investigations supported with necessary equipment relevant to the project should be available. In case of studies for safety and standardization adequate laboratory facilities and animal house should be in place.

The Principal Investigator should have previous experience in the field of the proposed study. Importance will be given to projects where preliminary work has been done on the topic substantiated by publications.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format and Annexures which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

(a) Clinical trials, pharmacology, toxicology, standardization and study of Pharmacology kinetics with respect to the drugs studied under following priority areas/diseases:

First priority:

(i) Diabetes mellitus including neuropathy

(ii) Peptic ulcer

(iii) Psoriasis

(iv) Malnutrition

(v) Reproductive Child Health (CH) including infertility & contraceptives

(vi) Benigh prostate enlargement

(vii) Preventive cardiology-hypertension, obesity

(viii) Urolithisis

(ix) General Health Promotion Rasayana/Medhya Rasayana

(x) Mental Health/memory relating disorders

(xi) Sports Medicine

(xii) Liver Disorders (Hepatitis B)

(xiii) Primary health care relating issues

(xiv) Malaria

(xv) Filaria

(xvi) Rheumatoid arthritis

(xvii) Menstrual disorder

(xviii) Reproductive tract infection.

Second priority:

i) Bronchial asthma

ii) Common ailments affecting children

iii) Improvement of quality of life in end of life conditions like cancer, HIV, AIDS

iv) Fever

v) Upper respiratory tract infection

vi) Diarrhoea (including dystentery)

vii) Indigestion and anorexia

viii) Skin Diseases

ix) Cancer, HIV infection

x) Secondary/tertiary health care relating issues.

(b) Research on fundamental principles of AYUSH

(i) Pancha Mahabhuts – Tridosa

(ii) Prakriti, Agni, Srotas, Saptadhalu, Ojas, Ama

(iii) Rasa, Guna, Virga, Vipaka and Prabhana

(iv) Similar areas of Siddha, Unani, Homoeopathy, Yoga & Naturopathy.

(c) Identification and evaluation of promising and widely accepted practices and skills of traditional healers in rural and tribal areas

(d) Research on the preventive and promotive aspects AYUSH practices and therapies

(e) Revival of ancient literature-Survey, collection, transcription/translation, editing and publication of classical literature and text books

(f) Medico-historical investigations of AYUSH

(g) Sample survey of contemporary requirements of AYUSH

(h) Issues relating to the use of Modern Technology to develop the Drugs of AYUSH & Efficacy, Safety, Standards etc.

VI. Components of grant

Financial support for staff and contingencies – recurring and non-recurring for the project over a period 1-3 years up to a maximum of Rs. 30.00 lakhs.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Buildings, International travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Ten copies of the detailed research project proposal as per the prescribed proforma may be submitted. The extramural projects may be of two types to be received through the indirect route and direct route.

a) The Indirect Route

The indirect route will be initiated on receipt of a letter of intent to conduct research on a specific research area. The brief outline sent by an applicant would be discussed by a core group of the Research Advisory Group consisting of clinicians, clinical pharmacologists and a statistician and a protocol with focused research methodology will be finalized if the project concept and outline are found to be relevant and worth pursuing. The investigators and location would be decided and the trials taken up after the protocols are finalized in consultation with the promoters of the project. In this approach, the onus for getting the approval of the Research Advisory Group to be designated in each case will be of the promoter of the research idea. Research Advisory group for priority areas other than clinical research could also be constituted if any specific proposals are received.

b) The Direct Method

The Department of AYUSH through the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) and Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) will invite applications with a closing date, from accredited institutions. Projects may also be awarded to eminent scholars and practitioners, who could route their applications through the heads of accredited organizations. The grants will be released to concerned organizations who would be responsible for expenditure and utilization of funds. The proposals would be scrutinized and screened by experts from a panel maintained by the Department. A committee chaired by the Secretary of the Department of AYUSH would then consider the proposals recommended for acceptance by the Technical Screening Committee.

c) The Department may identify suitable investigators as per the requirements of a particular situation and also assign the projects to them.

Project Evaluation Committee:

A Project Evaluation Committee consisting of Adviser (Ayurveda/Unani/Homoeo), Director (CCRAS/CCRUM/CCRYN/CCRH) as the case may be, two subject experts from concerned system of medicine, two representatives of CSIR/ICMR/DST/DBT will evaluate the project allocation, periodically evaluate the work done by the investigators and recommend the grant. Third party technical experts shall also monitor the quality of research and implementation of the project by spot visits.

Report of work done

Reports on the progress of work done under the research scheme will be submitted to the Department of AYUSH as and when called for. If a report is not submitted within the prescribed time, the scheme is liable to be discontinued immediately without giving any notice.

Monitoring

The execution of the project will be monitored by a Committee chaired by the Director of the Central Research Council concerned with expert members identified by the Department of AYUSH, every six months. The Principal Investigator will make a presentation before the experts or a site visit may be arranged. The final outcome of the Project will be evaluated by the expert group who will give their recommendation to the Department of AYUSH.

II.2 Golden Triangle Partnership (GTP) Scheme for validation of traditional Ayurvedic Drugs and development of new drugs.

Objective(s)

Recently a component of Golden Triangle Partnership (GTP) has been introduced in the existing EMR Scheme. Under this scheme, three major Partners viz. Department of Ayush, ICMR and CSIR will work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • to bring safe, effective and standardized Ayurvedic products for the identified disease conditions.
  • to develop new Ayurvedic and plant based products effective in the disease conditions of national/global importance. Products should be better than the available products in the market for such disease conditions.
  • the criteria will be to have best quality, safe and effective products. Mechanism will be evolved to make products affordable for the domestic market. Detailed information is available at the website www.indianmedicine.nic.in.
  • to utilize appropriate technologies for development of single and poly-herbal products to make it globally acceptable.
  • the product should have IPR potential to attract national/multi national pharmaceutical companies.
  • all the objectives will be achieved in a mission mode in a period of five years.

For more detailed information about GTP, the website may please be seen.

IX. Contact Address

Director (Ayurveda & Siddha; Unani, Homoeo; Yoga & Naturopathy)
Department of AYUSH
61-65, Institutional Area, Janakpuri
New Delhi – 110058

Tel. No.: (011) 28520430 (Y&N),
             (011) 28525520 (Ayd. & Siddha),
             (011) 28521981 (Unani),
             (011) 28525523 (Homoeo)
Fax.No:  (011) 28520435 (Y&N),
             (011) 28520748 (Ayd. & Siddha),
             (011) 28522965 (Unani),
             (011) 28521060 (Homoeo)
Website: www.indianmedicine.nic.in

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