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Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

I. Introduction

The setting up of a separate Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1986 gave a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. In more than a decade of its existence, the department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the country. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field has been seen. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. 1. Agriculture
  2. 2. Bioinformatics
  3. 3. Biotech Product and Process Development
  4. 4. Basic Research
  5. 5. Human Resource Development
  6. 6. Infrastructure Facilities
  7. 7. International Cooperation
  8. 8. Medical Biotechnology
  9. 9. Bioresources
  10. 10. Plant Biotechnology
  11. 11. Societal Developments

Objective(s)

"Attaining new heights in biotechnology research, shaping biotechnology into a premier precision tool of the future for creation of wealth and ensuring social justice – specially for the welfare of the poor".

  • realising biotechnology as one of the greatest intellectual enterprises of humankind, to provide the impetus that fulfills this potential of understanding life processes and utilizing them to the advantage of humanity.
  • to launch a major well directed effort with significant investment, for harnessing biotechnological tools for generation of products, processes and technologies to enhance the efficiency and productivity and cost effectiveness of agriculture, nutritional security, molecular medicine, environmentally safe technologies for pollution abatement, biodiversity conservation and bioindustrial development.
  • scientific and technological empowerment of India’s incomparable human resource.
  • creation of a strong infrastructure both for research and commercialization, ensuring a steady flow of bioproducts, bioprocesses and new biotechnologies.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Academic Institutions, R&D Laboratories, Autonomous bodies, Industries etc.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal may be submitted in the prescribed format any time during the year.

(For formats please visit Website: www.dbtindia.gov.in

V. Areas of research support

  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture and Marine biotechnology
  • Basic Research in Biotechnology
  • Biofuels
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Control of Plants pests, diseases and weeds
  • Bioprospecting and Molecular Taxonomy
  • Biotech process engineering and industrial biotechnology
  • Biotechnology of Medicinal and Aromatics plants
  • Biotechnology of Silkworms and host-plants
  • Crop Biotechnology
  • Environment & Conservation Biotechnology
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology (Vaccines, Diagnostics, Drug Development, Human Genetics & Genome Analysis, Seri Biotechnology, Stem Cell Biotechnology)
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Plant tissue Culture
  • Human Resource Development
  • Nano Biotechnology
  • Women Biotechnology & Programme for Rural Areas and SC/ST population
  • Jai Vigyan National S&T Missions
  • Patent Facilitation

VI. Components of grant

Grants are for recurring and non-recurring requirements as well as for R&D staff supports, Recurring expenditure includes cost for chemicals, consumables, glassware, domestic travel, contingency etc. Non-recurring expenditure includes support for capital equipment, instruments, facilities etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Purchase of less important equipment/instrument, foreign travel etc. are generally discouraged.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Internal screening, peer review, task force committees, Biotechnology Research Promotion Committee (BRPC) and experts groups.

IX. Contact Address

Scientist In-charge
Project Registry Cell
Department of Biotechnology
Block 2, 7th Floor
C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi – 110 003
Website: www.dbtindia.gov.in, www.btisnet.gov.in, www.dbtindia.gov.in/organistion/nodal.htm
Department of Coal (DOC)

I. Introduction

The Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDI) is the nodal agency for coordinating R&D activities in Coal and Lignite sectors. The Ministry of Coal normally supports project of shorter duration (2-4 years). The findings of which, if completed successfully, can be used directly for commercial exploitation and benefit to the industry. However, in exceptional cases, research in newly emerging and front line areas of science and engineering and projects having long term implications can be supported.

II Name of scheme(s)

Science & Technology (S&T)

Objective(s)

  • Development of technology/system and its successful transfer for commercial applications.

III Who can submit a proposal

Research and educational institutions, public sector undertakings and such other agencies, which have capability to take up R&D work.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal in prescribed form can be submitted any time during the year. Initially only four copies of the proposal are to be submitted. Once the proposal is approved in principle, fifty copies with necessary alternation/modification are to be submitted.

V. Areas of research support

  • Production, Productivity & Safety
  • Coal Beneficiation & Coal Utilization
  • Environment & Ecology

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, salaries and allowances, consumables, travel and contingency.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

The following items are normally not funded from this grant except with specific approval:

(a) Infrastructural facilities like land, building, furniture and fittings, calculators, computers, duplicating machines etc.

(b) Salaries of permanent employees of the implementing agency.

(c) Honorarium to the persons who are already in the employment of the institution.

(a) Foreign travel.

(b) Purchase of vehicles.

(f) Employment of peons, khalasis, laboratory attendants, stenographers, typists etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Standing Scientific Research Committee (SSRC) of the Ministry of Coal under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Coal) is the Apex body to plan, programme, budget and oversee the implementation of research projects. The SSRC is being assisted by three Sub-Committees each dealing with one of the major areas. The research proposals are initially scrutinized by CMPDI. After the first level scrutiny, CMPDI shall submit these proposals with their own observations and recommendations to the Sub-Committee concerned. The Sub-Committee shall further evaluate the proposals and submit the proposals to SSRC for its consideration.

Once the project is approved by SSRC, a formal sanction letter addressed to CMPDI by periodical visits. The implementing agency is required to furnish quarterly progress report in the prescribed format so as to reach CMPDI by 20th of the following month. CMPDI submits a consolidated half yearly progress report to Ministry of Coal and to the members of SSRC. In case of major projects (costing more than twenty five lakhs with educational and research institutions and more than hundred lakhs with Coal companies), a Project Advisory Committee is constituted to review the progress of work.

An indepth review is carried out by the Sub-Committee concerned after every two years.

Sixty copies of the Project Completion Report (PCR) are to be submitted to CMPDI.

IX. Contact Address

General Manager (S&T)
Central Mine Planning & Design Institute
Department of Coal
Gondwana Place, Konke Road
Ranchi – 834 008
(Jharkhand)
Tel. No: (0651) 2231148
Fax. No: (0651) 2231447
E-mail: cmpdihq@cmpdi.co.in
Website: www.scienceandtech.cmpdi.co.in
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

I. Introduction

The development in Ocean Science & Technology is linked with achievements in other scientific and technological areas. The research efforts should lead to fundamental understanding and ensure predictive capabilities. An important component of the development programme is technology. To be self reliant such technologies would have to be largely developed, tested and operated indigenously. Several new technologies will have to be commercialized and made cost effective. Creation of self reliant technological base puts a heavy demand on fully trained personnel and creation of infrastructure and facilities which has to be properly planned. Recognizing the above, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has reoriented Ocean Research & Manpower Development Programs and nine Ocean Science and Technology Cells have been set up Universities/IIT with a view to create Centres of Excellence.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Assistance for Research Projects (ARPs) in Ocean Sciences (MRDF)
  2. Manpower Training for Ocean Research & Management (MMDP)

Objective(s)

  • To encourage research in newly emerging and front-line areas of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Marine Coastal Ecology, Marine Biology, Marine Microbiology, Coastal Marine Culture Systems, Marine Benthos, Beach Placers, Ocean Engineering and Under Water Robotics.
  • Subjects considered for support under the programme include physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, marine geophysics, ocean engineering, marine ecology, meteorology, marine instrumentation etc. Besides purely scientific projects, assistance is also extended to projects which have politico-geographic or social dimensions of the Indian Ocean and Antartica.
  • Under the MMDP Scheme, only fellowships & contingencies are provided for.
  • To encourage Research Organizations, Institutions, IITs, Universities to undertake projects with industrial tie-ups.
  • To generate reliable data and information system.
  • To strengthen/create infrastructure facilities in Universities/Institutions/Organizations to generate manpower in the fields of Marine Science and Technology.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists working in Research Institutions and Universities etc.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal (six copies) in the prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year. The format can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

Newly emerging and front-line areas of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Marine Coastal Ecology, Marine Biology, Marine Microbiology, Coastal Marine Culture Systems, Marine Benthos, Beach Placers, Ocean Engineering and Under Water Robotics.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries for research staff, equipment and contingencies.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Basic infrastructure and funds for building etc.

VIII. Mechanism of monitoring and implementation

The Department clears the projects based on priority areas, the fulfillment of certain basic criteria regarding their objectives of direct relevance to ocean science, approach and competence available at the Institution/University/Organization etc.

The PI is required to submit 3 copies of the report of the progress of the project by second week of April of every year during the entire duration of the project. The Management Board of the Ocean Science and Technology Cell reviews the progress of the work and suggests measures to ensure an early realization of the results of the project. During the execution period of the project, the host Institution/University/Organization is required to extend all facilities to the Committee of Experts coming for inspection/review.

IX. Contact Address

The Director
Ocean Research & Manpower Development Programme
Department of Ocean Development
Block 12, CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi – 110 003
Tel. No.: (011) 24306839, 24362278
Fax No.: (011) 24360336,24360779
Website: www.moes.gov.in/
Department of Science and Technology (DST)

I. Introduction

The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of Science & Technology in the country. Science & Technology Policy-2003 states that “Special emphasis will be placed on equity in development, so that the benefits of technological growth reach the majority of the population, particularly the disadvantaged sections, leading to an improved quality of life for every citizen of the country.”

The Department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.

The Department supports research through a wide variety of schemes specifically carved out to meet the requirements of different sections of the scientific and engineering community.

II. Name of scheme(s):

  1. Deep Continental Studies (DCS)
  2. Himalayan Glaciology (HG)
  3. Indian Climate Research Programme (ICRP)
  4. Instrument Development Programe (IDP)
  5. International S&T Cooperation (ISTC)
  6. Joint Technology Projects under STAC/IS-STAC
  7. Monsoon and Tropical Climate (MONTCLIM) & Agrometeorology
  8. Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS)
  9. Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Support Fund (PRDSF) Programme
  10. Programme Advisory Committee on Earth Sciences (PAC-ES): R&D Projects Scheme
  11. Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)
  12. Science & Society Programmes (SSP)
  13. Seismology Programme (SP)
  14. State Science & Technology Programme (SSTP)
  15. Technology Development Programme (Joint Technology –Technology System Programme)
  16. Utilisation of Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS)

1. Deep Continental Studies (DCS)

Objective(s)

Besides promoting basic research in earth sciences, DST launched a major programme focused on Deep Continental Studies in 1984. The principal objective of the programme is to probe deep earth’s interior through multidisciplinary geophysical and geological investigations and elucidating the associated geodynamic processes beneath the India subcontinent. These multidisciplinary studies are focused around a selected transect in an integrated approach for generating a model for the region. Several transects such as NW Himalayan, NW Indian, Central Indian, Southern granulite Terrain are being studied. New transects in NE Himalaya, Dharward craton, Barren Island are being initiated. The objectives are:

  • probing the earth’s deep interior through multi-disciplinary geological/geophysical investigations.
  • delineating the deep crustal configuration and elucidating the associated geodynamic and tectonic processes.
  • developing analytical/numerical schemes for interpretation of Geophysical data for delineating deep structures/mineral exploration etc.
  • developing conceptual tectonic/geodynamic models based on field observations/laboratory experiments.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Universities, R&D laboratories.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed proforma.

V. Areas of research support

Geophysical: Gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, magnetotellurics, Deep electrical resistivity, Deep Seismic Soundings, Broad Band Seismology etc.

Geological: Experimental petrology under high P-T conditions and study of fluid inclusions, Minerology, Study of ore deposits, Geochronological studies of granitic and basic rocks using Sm/Nd, Rb/Sr, U/Pb, K/Ar, Ar/Ar, stable isotopes and fission tracks, Trace elements, REE and isotope geochemistry of rocks, Petrochemical investigations including thermobarometric studies, Heat-flow measurements etc.

VI. Components of grant

Staff salaries, equipment, field/lab expenses, internal travel, supplies & consumables, contingency expenditure and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel and infrastructure and building.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposal is referred to experts for evaluation. The comments of the experts are placed before the Programme Advisory Monitoring Committee (PAMC-DCS). The PI is also invited to give presentation before PAMC/Experts Group. Based on the recommendations of the PAMC, the proposal is considered for approval by DST. The project is monitored by the Experts/PAMC.

Ten copies of the PCR are required to be submitted. PCR is reviewed by experts and comments communicated to the PI for taking note while publishing data.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Earth System Sciences Division
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tele: (011) 26590342
E-mail: sivaji@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

2. Himalayan Glaciology (HG)

R&D Projects Scheme

Objective(s)

The Himalayan Glaciology Programme of DST was initiated in 1986. The programme is continuing since then. Time bound R&D projects in Glaciology are supported under this programme. The programme is overseen by a Programme Advisory & Monitoring Committee on Himalayan Glaciology-(PAMC-HG). The objectives are:

  • to understand the behaviour of glaciers in general and their interaction with climate and hydrological systems in the region as also to train manpower and create Research and Development related facilities.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any scientist from any College/University and Research Institution in India

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in a prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

Remote sensing, Isotopic and chemical studies, Paleo-climatology, climate change, microbial biodiversity, snowmelt run-off, Mass Balance, Sediment load estimation, Geomorphology/Geohydrology, snow cover studies.

VI. Components of grant

Salary, Consumables, TA/DA, Contigencies, Equipment, Field expenses, Mountaineering kits and Over Head Expenses.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Building/Land etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Evaluation of Research Proposal through peer review system.

Final decision by Programme Advisory and Monitoring Committee.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Earth System Science Division (ESS)
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590332
Fax No: (011) 26516076
E-mail: rambir@yahoo.com
Website: www.dst.gov.in

3. Indian Climate Research Programme (ICRP)

Objective(s)

Through this scheme coordinated, multi-disciplinary studies are being undertaken to identify the climate component of agricultural production, meteorological extremes, global warming, climate change, etc. such as development and testing of coupled ocean-atmosphere model for climate and monsoon diagnosis using General Circulation Models (GCM). Analysis of weather and climate data from ground-based, ship-based and satellite based measurements are also done. The objectives are:

  • analysis of land-based, ocean-based and space-based climate data sets.
  • development of models to study interannual and intraseasonal variability of Monsoon climate system.
  • planning and implementation of land-ocean-atmosphere field experiments (BOBMEX, ARMEX, CTCZ, CHATNI, etc.).
  • development of models towards seasonal mean monsoon prediction and using them to isolate the sensitivity of the monsoon system to different forcing mechanisms.
  • understanding the past climates and climate change.
  • studies on the influence of meteorological extremes (drought, flood), climate change, climate variability on agriculture production, particularly on sub-seasonal scale.
  • studies on ‘Climate and Society’ (viz., climate and health, water scarcity etc.).
  • development of human resources, computational and communication facilities for climate studies.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any researcher working in the Government, Semi-Government, Research and Development Organisations in India.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Any area related to the above objectives.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries to project staff, essential permanent equipment, contingencies, overheads and inland travel.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Cost of Buildings, foreign travel etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The Programme Advisory ansd Monitoring Committee on Weather and Climate Research Programmes (WCRP) is responsible for evaluation of the proposals, appropriate recommendation, monitoring the implementation of the individidual projects in a coordinated way.

IX. Contact Address

The Director
Earth Systems Science Division
Department of Science & Telchnology
Technology Bhawan
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26512514, 26590469
FaxNo: (011) 26516076
E-mail: psrao@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

4. Instrument Development Programme (IDP)

Objective(s)

Department of Science & Technology under its Instrumentation Development Programme (IDP) has been funding projects on design and development of indigenous instruments / technologies for over two decades. As a result, various instruments have been developed such as IR Spectrometer, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Soil Salinity Tester, Ion Selective Electrodes, Digital Tide Gauge etc. at various R&D institutions and know how of 31 such technologies have been transferred for their commercial production to industry. The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to formulate, coordinate and implement programmes leading to indigenous development and up gradation of instruments.

III. Who can submit the proposal

The project proposals could be submitted for financial support by scientists/engineers/technologists working in universities and other academic institutions; R&D institutions /laboratories having adequate infrastructure and facilities to carry out R&D work in collaboration with industry in cash or kind is an essential condition .

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in prescribed format . Twenty (20) copies of the project proposal required to be submitted in format which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

During the 10th plan , The Department has initiated the Instrument Development programme in mission mode for capacity building & development of instruments in the country. Therefore , National Instrument Development Board has been constituted for the purpose. The following thrust areas have been identified by the Board:

  • Analytical / Optical Instrumentation ;
  • Medical Instrumentation;
  • Industrial Instrumentation;
  • Sensors ;
  • Imaging Techniques and Instrumentation.

VI. Components of Grant

Financial support is provided for project staff salaries, equipment , consumables, domestic travel and other miscellaneous items .

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

No support is provided towards creating basic infrastructure and building .

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

  • Department constitute the Steering Committee for the particular identified thrust areas for the implementation of the project .
  • The Steering Committee will be the approving / recommending authority for the proposal received under the programme .
  • Steering Committee also having the authority to appoint the Monitoring Committee for the project
  • The functional responsibility of the project lies with Institution carrying out the project right from beginning to commercialization of the instrument / product developed .
  • During implementation of the project the quarterly progress report will be submitted by the implementing agency to the Instrument Development Programme , Technology Development & Transfer Division , Department of Science & Technology .

IX. Contact Address

The Adviser & Head (IDP)
Instrument Development Programme
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Delhi – 110016
TeleFax No: (011) 26963695
E-mail: laxman@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

5. International S&T Cooperation(ISTC)

Objective(s)

The activities under International S&T Cooperation Programme of the ‘Department include the negotiations and implementation of Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreements and responsibility for scientific and technological aspects of activities of international organizations. The cooperation’s are sought under bilateral, multilateral or regional framework modes for facilitating and strengthening interactions among governments, academia, institutions and industries in areas of mutual interest. The Department operates in close cooperation with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian missions abroad, Foreign missions in India and US bodies. Science Counsellors are also posted in Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington to facilitate cooperation with respective countries to which they are accredited. India currently has bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with 63 countries.

The main objective of the scheme is to promote science and technology through its following components:

  • R&D Projects Scheme
  • joint Workshop/Exhibition/Seminar
  • exchange visit of scientist
  • inter Institutional Linkages
  • fellowship
  • organisation of visit of thematic scientific and composite (scientific and industrial) delegations.
  • transfer of Technology to Indian industry

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in Universities, national R&D laboratories/institutes, private R&D institutes and industry.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Joint research projects may be submitted any time in the year in a specific format which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

Biotechnology and Immunology; Material Science and Technology; Laser Science and Technology; Catalysis; Space Science and Technology; Accelerators and their Application; Hydrology; Computers & Electronics; Biomedical Science and Technology; Oceanology and Oceanic Resources; Engineering Sciences; Mathematics; Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Earth Sciences; Physics & Astrophysics; Ecology and Environment; Chemical Sciences; Life Sciences etc.

VI. Components of grant

Support under this scheme is to provide international exposure to the scientists and is restricted to exchange visits, mostly under some of the project. Support for equipment, consumables and exchange visit is available from DST to the Indian participants belonging to public funded organizations (univ., R&D lab, etc.) For scientists belonging to private sector, support is restricted to local hospitality as a part of exchange visit.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

No restriction

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Grants are released in several instalments. On production of statement of expenditure and utilization certificates, further release of grant is done. To monitor the project, officers from DST pay a visit to the institution/field to know the current status/first-hand information about the project and to release further grants.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
International Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Delhi-110016
T el. No: (011) 26590438
Fax: (011) 26862418
Website: www.stic-dst.org

6. Joint Technology Projects under STAC/IS-STAC

Objective(s)

Inter-Sectoral Science & Technology Advisory Committee (IS-STAC) mechanism has been created in the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to guide various socio-economic Ministries in the formulation of long term S&T plans and promotion of Science & Technology programmes relevant to the concerned sectors. A mechanism called Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) became operational in a number of socio-economic Departments/Ministries since 1989. The scheme STAC/IS-STAC has been launched in DST to provide a thrust to promote a few specific multi-partnership projects in the areas concerning the Ministry/Department along with research institutions and industry as Joint Technology Projects.

Under the scheme, specific support is expected to be provided by DST to activities which can be demonstrated on industrial scale through research & development efforts and are conducive for strengthening technological capabilities in the country. The energy & environment concerns have added a new dimension to the development projects in socio-economic sectors. For achieving such linkages with industry, a priority is being given to Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) projects relevant to the concerned sectors in these areas. The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to provide inter-disciplinary inputs in S&T Programmes/Plans of socio-economic Ministries/Departments.
  • to identify inter-disciplinary R&D programmes of common interest for multi-partnership funding as Joint Technology Projects.
  • information Exchange on work of STACs in different Ministries through STAC Scan Plus newsletter and other publications.
  • to promote Joint Technology Projects by providing part funding to those R&D projects, considered important by the user Ministry or are in the emerging area.

III. Who can submit a proposal

An industry, R&D Laboratory and/or academic institutions can express interest in Joint Technology Project (JTP) support to DST and concerned Ministry. The proposals should have orientation towards research in emerging areas, development of new technology demonstration and its demonstration on industrial scale etc. The financial support will be given in the form of part funding for carrying out the research activities provided user ministry/department also comes forward to participate and commit financial support.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed form. The proposals will have to be submitted to the STAC of the concerned user ministry/department in their own format or DST’s format with the expression of interest in JTP support. The proposal will be evaluated inter-alia by both and on the approval of concerned STAC and Chairman IS-STAC the joint technology project will be supported in the following areas.

V. Areas of research support

Areas of research support can be decided by the concerned user ministry through STAC in that ministry and DST through mutual consultations and discussions. However, some specific areas are mentioned hereunder:

  • R&D Projects in thrust areas identified by nodal ministry DST through participation of user ministry.
  • Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Projecgts demonstrated on industrial scale jointly with the concerned ministry and industry.
  • Studies on topics relating to technology assessment and/or development of new technology as desired by STAC/IS-STAC in the concerned ministry.
  • Organizing Inter-Sectoral Workshops on topics of mutual interest to DST and user ministry.

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, salaries, consumables, domestic travel, overheads, contingencies etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Buildings, any other major infrastructure.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

  • In fulfillment of the objectives of Joint Technology Projects, IS-STAC will provide technical inputs in identification/evaluation/review and part funding as a joint project, as and when requested by the concerned STAC.
  • The approving Committee will be the STACs in the Ministries. IS-STAC will also make recommendations in this regard.
  • The nodal and functional responsibility of the project will be of the concerned users/beneficiary Ministry/Department.
  • The lead implementing agency, which could either be public or private industry or R&D laboratory or academic organization, will be identified.
  • The implementing agency will nominate a Project Chief/Project Manager in consultation with the nodal Ministry/Department for project implementation. The Project Chief will coordinate with the participating agencies, who would interact directly with him for ensuring achievement of the project objectives.
  • Chairman, STAC in consultation with Chairman, IS-STAC will appoint a Monitoring Committee to review the progress in the project by meeting once in a year or earlier, if required.
  • During implementation the quarterly/six monthly progress reports will be submitted by the implementing agency to the concerned Ministry and Department of Science & Technology.

IX. Contact Address

Adviser IS-STAC
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel. No: (011) 26960203
Fax. No: (011) 26960203
Website: www.dst.gov.in

7. Monsoon and Tropical Climate (MONTCLIM) & Agrometeorology

Objective(s)

The thrust of the scheme is to understand the atmospheric processes over Indian tropics and to develop appropriate models for studying the Indian weather and climate. This include monitoring of seas around India and determination of physical parameters related to land, ocean and atmosphere and their role in varied socio-economic sectors including agriculture, water resources etc., and new technology development for atmospheric science applications. The objectives are:

  • analysis of LASPEX, TOGA and MONTBLEX data sets and modeling land-ocean-atmosphere interaction in the tropics.
  • use of new observing systems/opportunities in monsoon research (ARGOS, Satellites, Buoys, Research Ships, Aircraft, etc.)
  • biosphere-Atmosphere interactions with emphasis on forest fires and biomass burning.
  • modelling and testing mesoscale phenomena (ex. Fog, Norwesters, Heavy rainfall, Avalanches, etc.) in different environments.
  • observations and modeling climate-chemistry-Aerosol interactions.
  • indigenous technology development for atmospheric science applications.
  • infrastructure and human resource development.
  • investigation on the microclimate modification towards efficient use of natural resources (water, radiation and nutrients).
  • development and testing of operational crop-weather models leading to Expert Systems.
  • studies on crop pest/disease/climate dynamics, animal and climate relationships.
  • development of modern Automatic Weather Station networking for agromet applications and consolidation of agrometeorological data.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any researcher working in the Government, Semi-Government, Research and Development Organisations in India.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Any area related to the above objectives.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries to project staff, essential permanent equipment, contingencies, overheads and domestic travel.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Cost of Buildings, foreign travel etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The Programme Advisory and Monitoring Committee on Weather and Climate Research Programmes (WCRP) is responsible for evaluation of the proposal, appropriate recommendation, monitoring the implementation of the individidual projects in a coordinated way.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Earth Systems Service Division
Department of Science & Telchnology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel. No: : 011-26590418
Fax. No.: 011-26516076
E-mail: acharyad@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in
8. Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS)

Objective(s)

Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) programme is multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional R&D programme with vision to provide appropriate scientific and technological inputs for operationalising the concept of decentralized planning. The goals of the Scheme are to strengthen the S&T inputs for integrated resource management through development of appropriate tools and techniques in data collection, organization and analysis as well as technical capacity building at various levels of administration for enabling the adoption of the technologies developed in integrated development planning. Present focus of the programme is to develop large scale spatial data sets at village level to provide inputs for panchayat level planning. Number of initiatives have been taken up recently to strengthen this component. The objectives of the scheme are:

  • demonstrate and promote the use of Spatial Data Management Technologies for micro level planning under diverse terrain conditions.
  • provide software support for data management, modeling and operation research.
  • promote R&D in spatial data technology.
  • technology Transfer & Capacity Building of potential users.
  • forge linkages with the users at different levels.
  • provide S&T inputs for framing Policies related to Spatial Data Technologies.
  • develop & Demonstrate pilot scale spatial infrastructure and provide research support to National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
  • applications of spatial data in National Disasters, Mitigation like landslides, cyclones/tsunamis etc.
  • documentation and Dissemination.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The proposals can be submitted in the prescribed proforma by scientists from:

  • Academic and research institutions having relevant infrastructure facilities to carry out the research programme.
  • Voluntary organizations involved in the area of natural resources management and local area planning.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

20 (Twenty) copies of the proposal in prescribed format can be submitted at any time during the year. Since, budget is being allocated/monitored at quarterly basis, the research proposals should flow at regular intervals for submission.

V. Areas of research support

i) Spatial Data Technologies (SDT).ii)

Advanced Technology Application in High Resolution Spatial Data Gathering:

Remote Sensing Technologies

  • Microwave Remote Sensing including SAR Interferometry
  • Airborne Laser Terrain Mapping
  • High Resolution Satellite Images
  • Use of thermal Remote Sensing

Adoption of New Technologies

  • Application of Global Positioning System
  • Use of Ground Penetration Radar

iii) Land & Water Management at local level.

  • Data Infrastructure Development
  • Technology Development
  • Technology Transfer

iv) Technology Transfer and Capacity Building.

  • Technology Transfer Infrastructure
  • Training
  • Technology Transfer & Capacity Building

v) Landslide Hazard Mitigation & Management

  • Micro-zonation of vulnerable areas
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Monitoring of high risk zones
  • Design of suitable preventive measures

VI. Components of grant

Staff salaries, equipments, internal travel, consumables, contingencies and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposal is referred to experts in the area. Comments of the experts are placed before the Expert Committees constituted by the NRDMS Division. PI is invited to present the proposal before the Expert Committee. Based on the recommendation of the Expert Committee, the proposal is processed for sanction.

The project is monitored through half yearly progress report basis and periodic reviews by the Expert Committee. Ten copies of the PCR are required to be submitted. The PCRs are sent to experts for comments.

IX. Contact Address

The Head (NRDMS)
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel. No: (011) 26519530
Fax. No: (011) 26519530
E-mail: siva_k@nic.in / bhoopsingh@nic.in
Website: www.nrdms.gov.in

9. 1. Pharmaceuticals Research and Development Support Fund (PRDSF) Programme

2. Soft Loan for Pharma Industrial R&D Projects

II.1 Pharmaceuticals Research and Development Support Fund (PRDSF) Programme

Objective(s)

Recognizing the profound influence of R&D on the prospects and opportunities for the growth of the Indian Drug Industry, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India mounted the programme on drug development during 1994-95 for promoting collaborative R&D in drugs and pharmaceuticals sector. During January 2004, Government of India established Pharmaceutical Research and Development Support Fund (PRDSF) and Drug Development Promotion Board (DDPB) under the administrative control of DST with an initial corpus of Rs. 150 crores. Interest accrued on corpus will be utilized for supporting R&D projects jointly proposed by industry and academic institutions/laboratories and extend soft loan for R&D:

  • to synergise the strengths of publicly funded R&D institutions and Indian Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • to create an enabling infrastructure, mechanisms and linkages to facilitate new drug development.
  • to stimulate skill development of human resources in R&D for drugs and pharmaceuticals; and
  • to enhance the nation’s self-reliance in drugs and pharmaceuticals especially in areas critical to national health requirements.

II.2 Soft Loan for Pharma Industrial R&D Projects

Objective(s)

  • Loan amount up to 70% of the project cost
  • Loan will be an unsecured one carrying a simple interest of 3% on reducing amount.
  • Repayment of the loan will be in 10 annual equal instalments after the project period
  • Interest during the implementation period will be amortized and will be payable in maximum of 5 instalments after the project period along with the instalment of principal amount.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any Indian company/firm engaged in drug development manufacturing jointly with:

  • National laboratory under CSIR, ICMR, etc.
  • University department/other academic institution such as IIT/IISc., etc.
  • Any other publicly funded R&D Institution.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

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

V. Areas of research support

The programme supports both human and veterinary drug development for all types of medicinal systems, be it traditional Indian medicinal system or the modern one. The programme employs a two pronged approach involving exploratory drug design and drug development on candidate molecules already identified on one hand, and providing a cutting edge to Indian Industry through innovative process for known/generic drugs as well as crucial intermediates on the other. Some of the areas where support could be considered are:

  • Any component/stage in the innovation chain of new drug development.
  • Annovative/cleaner process technology for known drugs/key intermediates, where India has a competitive advantage.
  • Chiral synthesis of drugs.
  • Resolution of racemic drugs.
  • Clinical studies.
  • Development of new formulations and standardization/testing of traditional formulations.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries and Wages, Consumables and Materials, domestic Travel, Information and Documentation, Patent Filing, Overheads, Equipment, Software etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, Building and any other major infrastructure.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Project proposals are first reviewed, in strict confidence, by an expert in the specific field and then considered by an Expert Committee.

An agreement amongst the collaborating parties specifying the rights and obligations and terms and conditions of the DST grant is essential. The terms and conditions inter-alia include:

  • Ownership of intellectual property generated in the project on agreed terms.
  • Review of the project by a Monitoring Committee periodically/once a year.
  • 30% of the recurring expenditure (Institutional component) to be met by the collaborating industry.

IX. Contact Address

The Adviser & Head (TDT)
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
T elefax: 011-26510686
E-mail: laxman@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

10 . Programme Advisory Committee on EarthSciences (PAC-ES): R&D Schemes

Objective(s)

The Earth System Science (ESS) covers a wide spectrum of study of the solid earth, its atmosphere, the oceans, their interrelationships and even the relationship the earth bears to the Universe at large. It constitutes a complex multidisciplinary intermesh of branches of knowledge dealing with natural phenomena as well as anthropogenic forces operating in the earth’s realm.

The PAC-ES program extends support to carry out research in forefront areas of Earth Sciences. The programme also strives to improve the research climate through manpower training, contact/field workshops, create state of art facilities and identify/nurture new areas of research in earth sciences. The objectives are:

  • promotion of R&D programmes in newly emerging and challenging areas of Earth System Sciences.
  • creation scientific infrastructure
  • manpower Development

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists & Academicians working in Universities, National Labs, recognized R&D institutions and Centres of Excellence are eligible.

IV When and how to submit a proposal

Project proposals can be submitted any time throughout the year, for consideration under this scheme.20 copies of the proposal printed on A4 size paper, properly stapled with electronic copy on a floppy/CD, in MS Word format. Details of format as specified in the website: www.serc-dst.org.

V. Areas of research support

  • Himalayan Geology
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Mesozoic of Kutchch
  • Basin Modelling
  • Geo-hydrology
  • Paleoclimatic studies
  • Nano-geology
  • Geo-botany
  • Tectonic Geomorphology
  • Quantitative Geomorphology

VI. Components of grant

Salaries, Field-work, TA/DA, Consumables, Contingency, Permanent Equipments, Satellite and other data, specific analytical charges & Institutional Overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Foreign Travel, Air conditioner & other infrastructure

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

As per guidelines given in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org.

IX. Contact Address

Scientist-F
Member-Secretary PAC-ES
Earth System Sciences Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110016
Tel. No : (011) 26590289
Fax : (011) 26516076
E-mail : prithvi@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

11. Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)

I. Introduction

One of the most important functions assigned to the Department of Science & Technology (DST), as per Allocation of Business Rules, is to promote research in new and emerging areas of Science & Technology. In pursuance of this and with the approval of Prime Minister, the ‘Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC)’ was set up in 1974 to implement a research promotion scheme called ‘SERC Scheme’. SERC is steered by eminent scientists, technologists drawn from various universities/national laboratories and industry.

II. Name of scheme(s)

Research & Development Support (SERC Scheme). The following programmes are operating in SERC Division under this scheme:

  1. SERC (Basic Sciences)
  2. SERC (Engineering)
  3. Nano Science & Technology Initiative (NSTI)
  4. Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas (IRHPA)
  5. Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)
  6. Opportunities for Young Scientists
  7. Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF)
  8. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
  9. Assistance for participation in International Conferences
  10. Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)
  11. 1&2 SERC (Basic Sciences & Engineering)

Objective(s)

The objectives of SERC scheme are promotion of frontline research in Science & Engineering specifically to:

  • to promote research in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and engineering including multidisciplinary fields.
  • to selectively promote the general research capability in relevant areas of science and engineering taking into account capability of the host institute.
  • to encourage young scientists to take up challenging R&D activities.
  • to give special encouragement to projects from less endowed university departments.
  • to encourage patenting facilities to scientists and technologists in the country for Indian and foreign patents on a sustained basis.
  • to promote basic and applied research in frontline areas of engineering and technology in various academic and research institutions, in collaboration with industry and user agencies (where applicable), and to transfer such technologies for developmental activities.
  • to create and strengthen S&T infrastructure in Universities and National Institutes
  • creation of core groups/units around an outstanding scientist

III. Who can submit a proposal

Entities/Organizations/Institutions eligible for receiving grants are:

Scientists and Technologists who are working in the academic sector, National labs and other recognized R&D institutions Recognized R&D Laboratories, Universities/Colleges and Educational Institutions. Research proposals from scientific institutions/research laboratories under various scientific departments, which are in line with the normal research activities of the institutions, may not be considered for support under SERC. However, major National R&D Programmes, Programmes in newly emerging and front-line areas of research etc. will be considered. Further, proposals involving purely survey-oriented work and routine studies will not be normally considered.

S&T based organizations with legal status as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or as trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable Religious Act 1920 or the corresponding State Act.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The project proposals can be submitted any time right through the year. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org . Special initiatives with specific cut off dates under various programmes under the SERC scheme are advertised in journals like Current Science, University News etc.

V. Areas of research support

SERC support extends to all areas of Science & Engineering such as Chemical Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and interdisciplinary areas including Nano Science & Technology etc.

VI. Components of grant

Depending on the area of research, competence of the researcher, infrastructural facilities available with the host institute etc. the components of grant varies with the programme. In general SERC projects have components like Manpower, Minor & Major Equipments, Consumables, Travel (Domestic) and Contingency. In addition, the host institute is provided with Overhead Charges which are meant for providing infrastructural facilities and benefits to the staff employed in the project etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The mandate of promotion research and development in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and technology is executed through innovative High Level peer review mechanisms like Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC). In order to assist the SERC in evolving, formulating and implementing and monitoring the programmes, Programme Advisory Committees (PACs) have been set up. The High level Research Committees/ Councils are scheme specific, area intensive and are steered by eminent scientists, technologists drawn from various universities/national laboratories and industry.

II.3 Nano Science & Technology Initiative (NSTI)

Objective(s)

  • Support priority areas of research in Nano Science & Technology
  • Strengthen characterization / and infrastructural facilities at national level
  • Generate trained Manpower in the area
  • To have interface between educational institutions and industry for application

III. Who can submit a proposal

Entities/Organizations/Institutions eligible for receiving grants are:

  • Scientists and Technologists who are working in the academic sector, National labs and other recognized R&D institutions
  • Recognized R&D Laboratories, Universities/Colleges and Educational Institutions. Research proposals from scientific institutions/research laboratories under various scientific departments, which are in line with the normal research activities of the institutions, may not be considered for support under SERC. However, major National R&D Programmes. Programmes in newly emerging and front-line areas of research etc. will be considered. Further, proposals involving purely survey-oriented work and routine studies will not be normally considered.
  • S&T based organizations with legal status as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or as trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable Religious Act 1920 or the corresponding State Act.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The project proposals can be submitted any time right through the year. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org . Special initiatives with specific cut off dates under various programmes under the SERC scheme are advertised in journals like Current Science, University News etc.

V. Areas of research support

Research areas in Nano Science & Technology

VI. Components of grant

Depending on the area of research, competence of the researcher, infrastructural facilities available with the host institute etc. the components of grant varies with the programme. In general NSTI projects have components like Manpower, Minor & Major Equipments, Consumables, Travel (Domestic) and Contingency. In addition, the host institute is provided with Overhead Charges which are meant for providing infrastructural facilities and benefits to the staff employed in the project etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The implementation and monitoring of programmes are executed by DST with the assistance of a National Expert Committee on NSTI.

II.4 Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas (IRHPA)

Objective(s)

  • Creation of core groups/units around an outstanding scientist;
  • Setting up of national facilities in areas of high priority; and
  • Evolving nationally coordinated programmes in multi-disciplinary areas of high priority.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Entities/Organizations/Institutions eligible for receiving grants are:

  • Scientists and Technologists who are working in the academic sector, National labs and other recognized R&D institutions.
  • Recognized R&D Laboratories, Universities/Colleges and Educational Institutions. Research proposals from scientific institutions/research laboratories under various scientific departments, which are in line with the normal research activities of the institutions, may not be considered for support under SERC. However, major National R&D Programmes in newly emerging and front-line areas of research etc. will be considered. Further, proposals involving purely survey-oriented work and routine studies will not be normally considered.
  • S&T based organizations with legal status as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 or as trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable Religious Act 1920 or the corresponding State Act.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The project proposals can be submitted any time right through the year. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org .

V. Areas of research support

IRHPA support extends to all areas of high priority in Science & Engineering such as Materials Science, Surface Science, Plasma Physics, Solid State Chemistry, Macromolecular Crystallography, Ultrafast processes, Biomedical Engineering, Robotics, Low temperature high magnetic field phenomena, Neurobiology etc.

VI. Components of grant

Depending on the area of research, competence of the researcher, infrastructural facilities available with the host institute etc. the components of grant varies with the programme. In general IRHPA projects have components like Manpower, Minor & Major Equipments, Consumables, Travel (Domestic) and Contingency. In addition, the host institute is provided with Overhead Charges which are meant for providing infrastructural facilities and benefits to the staff employed in the project etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The mandate of promotion research and development in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and technology is executed through innovative High Level peer review mechanisms like Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC). In order to assist the SERC in evolving, formulating and implementing and monitoring the programmes, Expert Committees have been set up. The High level Research Committees/ Councils are scheme specific, area intensive and are steered by eminent scientists, technologists drawn from various universities/national laboratories and industry.

II.5 Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)

Objective(s)

  • The scheme aims at providing basic infrastructure and enabling facilities and environment for promoting R&D in new and emerging areas and attracting fresh talent.

III. Who can submit a proposal

All Science & Engineering Departments/ Centres having post-graduate programs which have existed for at least 5 years in universities and other higher educational institutions are eligible.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Applications for inviting proposals from eligible Departments in the universities and other higher educational institutions are advertised with specific cut-off date. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website.

V. Areas of research support

The facilities provided under the Program are intended to support the efforts of the Department as a whole or a number of faculty members in the Department.

VI. Components of grant

The Scheme will provide optimal infrastructure facilities such as, adequate laboratory space & cold rooms (no fresh constructions), modernization of laboratories, acquisition of essential equipment & up-gradation of existing facilities, databases, scientific books etc.

(A) Level – I: Proposals from relatively small but active departments requiring moderate funding for improving quality of teaching & research through modernization of laboratories, for augmenting library and networking & computational facilities.

(B) Level – II: Proposals from well established departments requiring substantial funding for acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and setting up laboratories for conducting internationally competitive research including networking & computational facilities.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The selection will be through a peer review mechanism and visit to the laboratories, if necessary. An Advisory Board of Experts is constituted to assist the DS for implementation and monitoring.

II.6 Opportunities for Young Scientists (FAST TRACK Scheme)

Objective(s)

The objectives of SERC scheme are promotion of frontline research in Science & Engineering specifically:

  • to provide Opportunities to Young Scientists (below 35 years) for pursuing exciting and innovative research ideas.
  • to provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of ideas with the scientific community both at national and international level.
  • to involve Young Scientists in national S&T development process.
  • to encourage S&T institutions, professional bodies and other agencies including State S&T Councils to develop S&T programmes involving Young Scientists.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Candidates should possess Masters degree in Engineering/Technology or M.D. in Medicine with some research experience or a Ph.D. in Basic Science/Engineering including other sciences such as Veterinary Sciences or Pharmacy and Agricultural Sciences or equivalent.
  • The scheme is open to young scientists who are below 35 years at the time of the submission of application. Age relaxation of 5 years would be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC, Women and Physically Handicapped Category. Necessary attested copies of supporting documents to this effect have to be enclosed.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The project proposals can be submitted any time right through the year. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org .

V. Areas of research support

Scheme support extends to all areas of Science & Engineering such as Chemical Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and interdisciplinary areas including Nano Science & Technology etc.

VI. Components of grant

The funding under this scheme is up to a maximum of Rs.10.00 lakhs (including fellowship but excluding “Overhead Charges”) for a period not exceeding three years. If the proposed objectives can be achieved before three years, budget may be proposed accordingly.

  • The funding includes Recurring costs (Fellowship wherever applicable, consumables, travel, and contingency) and minor equipment costing less than Rs.5.00 lakhs.
  • The applicant, if not holding a regular position or not drawing any other fellowship/stipend can draw a fellowship of Rs.15,000/- per month (all inclusive). The fellowship is taxable.
  • “Overhead Charges” @ 20% of the project cost are provided to the Host Institute.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Under the scheme there is no provision for providing support to any category of research staff. The Young Scientist is supposed to work during the entire duration of the project.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The selection will be through a peer review mechanism. Specific Expert Committees are constituted to assist the DST for implementation and monitoring.

II.7 Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF)

Objective(s)

Sophisticated analytical instruments are vital for pursuing research in many areas of modern science and technology. Many institutions in the country do not have such instruments. These instruments are expensive and cannot be provided through individual project mechanism. Moreover, these instruments are of inter/multidisciplinary utility and thus it is desirable to use them on sharing basis for their optimum utilization. Considering these aspects, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) has set up Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities Programme to provide the facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to the research workers in general and specially from the institutions which do not have access to such instruments to enable them to pursue R&D activities requiring such facilities and keep pace with developments tasking place globally. At present thirteen SAIFs are being supported by DST at IIT, Chennai; IIT, Mumbai; Bose Institute, Kolkata; CDRI, Lucknow; Panjab University, Chandigarh; NEHU, Shillong; Nagpur University, Nagpur; IISc., Bangalore; AIIMS, New Delhi; Gauhati University, Guwahati; IIT, Roorkee, C.V.M., Vallabh Vidyanagar and STIC, Kochi. Details about these Facilities are given at Annexure 1V.

The objectives of the SAIFs are:

  • to carry out analysis of samples received from the scientists/institutes;· to provide facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to scientists and other users from academic institutes, R&D laboratories and industries to enable them to carry out measurements for R&D work;
  • to acquire and develop capability for preventive maintenance and repair of sophisticated instruments;
  • to organize short term courses/workshops on the use and application of various instruments and analytical techniques;
  • to train technicians for maintenance and operation of sophisticated instruments; and
  • to undertake design and development of instruments/accessories of existing instruments.

Analytical Instruments/Facilities available at the SAIFs

The SAIFs are equipped with sophisticated analytical instruments in the areas of Optical spectroscopy, NMR and EPR spectroscopy, X-ray based analysis, Electron microscopy, Mass spectrometry, Chromatography, Organic elemental analysis, Thermal analysis etc. to meet the needs of users in various areas of science & technology. A wide range of analytical methods/techniques for chemical/material analysis/testing/characterization including qualitative and quantitative elemental, molecular/compound analysis, structure determination, surface topographic, studies, study of physical, optical and electrical properties of materials etc. are available to the users at these Facilities for helping them in their research work.

Services Provided/Other Activities undertaken by the SAIFs

(i) Analytical Services: The SAIFs offer the following analytical services:

  • Sample analysis: The SAIFs carry out analysis of samples received from scientists/institutions and provide spectra/results of analysis on routine basis.
  • Facilities and assistance for sample preparation are provided to the users, if needed.
  • Testing of quality of raw material and end products is done for industry/users.

Some of the SAIFs provide complete range of analytical services including interpretation of results etc. The present emphasis is to provide total quality of analysis to the users. Efforts are being made by the SAIFs to get themselves accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL) to achieve this goal.

(ii) Short term Courses/Training Programmes: The SAIFs organize the following types of short term courses/training programmes/workshops:

  • On use and applications of various instruments and analytical techniques for research students, teachers and personnel from academic institutions, R&D labs and industries
  • On repair/maintenance and operation of sophisticated instruments for technicians. Such training programmes are also organized by some of the SAIFs on specific requests.

(iii) Development of new measurement/analytical techniques: Apart from providing routine analytical techniques/methods of analysis available on the instruments, efforts are made by the SAIFs to develop new techniques/methods of analysis to put the instruments to their full use and offer them to the scientists for exploring new dimensions in research in various areas of science and technology.

(iv) Consultancy on Analytical Problems: The SAIFs offer consultancy on solution to analytical problems including development of analytical methods for specific needs, sampling problems, spectrum analysis and interpretation of results etc. as well as on R&D problems/issues.

(v) Repair and Maintenance of sophisticated instruments: Some of the SAIFs have over the years developed expertise to repair and maintain sophisticated instruments available with them and on specific request undertake servicing of such instruments at other institutions.

(vi) R&D Activities: The faculty members associated with the SAIFs undertake R&D work in various areas of science & technology and guide the research students.

USERS

The instrument facilities provided by the SAIFs are being utilized by about 8,000 users from academic institutions, R&D laboratories and industries from all over the country every year and are one of the major sources of sophisticated analytical instruments for research workers from many of the institutions who do not have access to such facilities at their institutes. The users from almost all the universities in the country are using the facilities at the SAIFs. The users also include about 800 industries including MNCs, large and small industries in the areas of chemicals, agro-chemicals, petro-chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, food processing, soaps and detergents, cement, metallurgy, electronics etc.

General Information

The facilities provided by the SAIFs may be utilized by any user/organization on payment of nominal charges. The details about the procedure for using the facilities and the charges for sample analysis, information about short term courses/training programmes/workshops etc. can be obtained from the respective Heads of the SAIFs or the websites of the Facilities (Annexure 1V).

II.8 Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

Objective(s)

  • The Kishore Vaigyanik Prothsahan Yojana (KVPY) targets the young science students at the school and college level. The aim of KVPY is to select students with research bent of mind and motivate them through suitable scholarships and other incentives to pursue a research career in sciences, engineering and medical sciences. The entry points for the scheme are: after Class X, after Class XII and in B.Sc.I for “Science Stream”; in I and II year of B.E. and M.B.B.S. for “Engineering Stream” and “Medicine Stream” respectively.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Basic Sciences

Stream SA: Students enrolled in XI Standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 75% marks aggregate in Science and Mathematics in X Standard Board Examination.

Stream SB: Students enrolled in Ist Year Science under-graduate programme (B.Sc./integrated M.Sc. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Statistics or Biological Sciences, B.Math./B.Stat) and having secured a minimum of 60% marks in Mathematics and Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.

Stream SP: (a NEW entry point - 2004) Students pursuing science and enrolled in XI, XII or B.Sc. (I or II year) can apply for KVPY by completing a research project .

Engineering

Stream EA: Students enrolled in I year B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. and having secured a minimum of 60% marks in Mathematics and Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.

Stream EB: Students enrolled in second year B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. and having a I Class in the first year exam of B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

Medicine

Stream MA: Students enrolled in second year M.B.B.S. and having secured a minimum 75% marks in Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The scheme is announced in national newspapers. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is coordinating the programme on behalf of DST.

V. Areas of research support

It’s a student’s fellowship.

VI. Components of grant

The scheme would provide scholarships and contingency grants to selected students and also monetary support for the following activities for them as part of this programme:

  • summer training with reputed scientists
  • summer training in R&D laboratories/industries/NGOs
  • project work in summer on problems of local relevance
  • summer training on experimental methods in identified institutions
  • orientation visits to R&D laboratories/industries/NGOs
  • participation in seminars/symposia etc.
  • purchase of books, periodicals in science and technology

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The Department of Science and Technology has entrusted the overall responsibility for organising the scheme to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. IISc, which administers the programme through the Society for Innovation and Development has provided necessary infrastructural support. A Core Committee headed by the convener has been set up by IISc to monitor various aspects, both administrative and academic, of the KVPY Programme.

II.9 Assistance for participation in International Conferences

Objective(s)

  • The objective of the scheme is to provide partial travel assistance to the Indian Scientists working in educational/academic institutions and National R&D laboratories enabling them to participate in the International Conferences/Workshops etc. This provides an opportunity to the Indian scientists to interact with their foreign counterparts which enable them to present their findings and results at an International level for a better peer reviewing.

III Who can submit a proposal

  • Indian Scientists working in Educational/ Academic Institutions and Research Laboratories are eligible for travel support to participate in conferences etc. on selective basis.
  • The applicant has an accepted paper for presentation or an invitation to chair a session or as a Keynote speaker. Young Scientists (below 35 years of age) are eligible to apply for attending training programmes/ Short term courses/ schools.
  • The applicant has NOT availed of financial assistance from DST in the last three years.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The application can be submitted any time right through the year. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org .

V. Areas of research support

Science and Technology

VI. Components of grant

Only 50% of International air fare will be given by the Department.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

The scheme does not provide assistance towards maintenance, registration fee, airport tax, taxi fare and other cost.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The screening and monitoring is done through an internal screening committee of the department.

II.10 Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)

Objective(s)

The “Women Scientists Scheme” of the Department of Science & Technology has been instituted to provide opportunities to women scientists who desire to work as bench-level scientists or get engaged in S&T based self-employment. This scheme is to help them re-enter into mainstream science and provide a launch pad for them for further forays into the field of Science and Technology.

  • the main objective of the scheme is to provide support to women scientists to pursue cience in all its aspects and encourage them to continue in the scientific profession and also to contribute towards application of science and technology to societal development.
  • under this scheme, three categories of the scholarships are being provided --- (a) to pursue research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering (b) to pursue research on societal problems requiring S&T intervention and (c) for undergoing S&T-based internship leading to self-employment. The three categories are known as WOS-A, WOS-B & WOS-C respectively.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Persons already in employment need not apply.
  • Women scientists, with a minimum of Post Graduate degree, equivalent to M.Sc in Basic or Applied Sciences, B.Tech in Engineering Sciences and MBBS or other equivalent professional qualifications, are eligible for this scheme. Maximum age limit for this category is 35 years at the time of submission of the application.
  • Women scientists having a Ph.D in Basic or Applied Sciences, M.Tech. in Engineering Sciences and MD/MS, DM/MCH in Medical Sciences from recognized Universities can apply up to the age of 50 years.
  • Age relaxation of 5 years would be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC and physically challenged category. Attested copies of supporting documents in this regard must be enclosed.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The Scheme is widely announced in national and regional newspapers and also through brochures and websites. Applications are advertised with specific cut-off date. The proposal has to be documented as per the format available in the SERC website: www.serc-dst.org .

V. Areas of research support

The scholarships have been instituted in the following subject areas: (1) Physical Sciences; (2) Chemical Sciences; (3) Mathematical Sciences; (4) Life sciences; (5) Earth Sciences; (6) Atmospheric Sciences; (7) Engineering Sciences. A project proposal should be submitted in active collaboration with an academic/R&D institution in the chosen subject area.

VI. Components of grant

The selected candidates have been given projects costing up to Rs. 15 lakhs for 3 years which includes their scholarship amount. M.Sc. or equivalent candidates have been awarded scholarship of Rs. 10,000/- p.m. and Ph.D. or equivalent candidates have been awarded a scholarship of Rs. 15,000/- p.m. The projects also included grant for travel, contingencies, consumables and minor equipment.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Non-sanctioned items

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The selection will be through a peer review mechanism. For WOS-A and WOS-B, the applications were screened by high-level Subject Expert Committees. The screened candidates were subsequently interviewed for final selection. Under WOS-C, a written examination was conducted for selection.

IX. Contact Address

Head SERC Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel.No: (011) 2653 4998
Telefax: (011) 2696 3695
E-mail: venktesh@nic.in
Website: www.serc-dst.org
12. Science and Society Programes (SSP)

Science and Technology play a vital role in the development strategy of various sections of the society. Schemes described in this publication have been formulated with the broad objective of providing opportunities to motivated scientists, engineers and field level activists to take up time-bound research- oriented projects with inputs of science and technology for the benefit of disadvantaged sections of society. Programmes are implemented through S&T institutions, university departments and S&T based voluntary organisations. The components of the scheme are:

  1. Science and Technology Application for Rural Development (STARD)
  2. Science and Technology for Women (S&T for Women)
  3. Science and Technology Application for Weaker Section (STAWS)
  4. Scheme for Young Scientists and Professionals (SYSP)
  5. Tribal Sub Plan (TSP)
  6. Special Component Plan (SCP)

12.1.1 Science and Technology Application for Rural Development (STARD)

Objective(s)

STARD aims at facilitating development of promising science based voluntary organizations and innovative technologies, which are related to rural development. The objectives of this scheme are:

  • to strengthen the existing institutions, field groups, etc., involved in research, development, design, adaptation and application of innovative S&T solutions for rural development by providing long-term support for core personnel.
  • to catalyze research, development and adaptation of technology by supporting time-bound development efforts with well defined milestones.
  • to motivate scientists and technologists for applying their expertise to finding solutions for problems in the rural areas, and
  • to take up all such activities which are conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Recognized R&D laboratories, universities and educational institutions.
  • S&T based voluntary organizations, which are working in the rural areas with legal status or as a society registered under the Societies registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act.
  • The organization should have been in existence for a minimum of three years and not be blacklisted by any Central or State Government Department.
  • The organization should have experience in handling projects having focus on S&T.

IV When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in prescribed format any time of the year, which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

  • Water Management: Exploration, harvesting and purification of water in rural areas.
  • Land, water and cover management through scientific and technological inputs for value-addition and income generation.
  • Construction: Use of local resources, upgrading local skills and techniques for constructing affordable houses conforming to a minimum acceptable comfort level inclusive of improved domestic drainage and waste disposal.
  • Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Aquaculture; Effective use of inputs, integrated farming system, post-harvest technology including low-cost storage, preservation and processing.
  • Engineering Services: Design, development and upgradation of farm and non farm tools and machinery, cost effective energy appliances for value addition & income generation.
  • Rural industries: R&D projects in the area of rural process industries.
  • Establishment of Rural Technology Parks as technology resource centres for technology back-up/support system in both farm and non-farm sector, and
  • Innovative project proposal related to above-mentioned areas for Technological Interventions in Mountain and hilly Eco-systems (TIME).

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts. Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

II.2 Science and Technology for Women (S&T for Women)

Objective(s)

This scheme is focused on women as specific target group and the objectives are:

  • to promote research, development and adaptation of technology, improve the quality of life, working conditions and provide newer opportunities for gainful employment of women especially in rural areas.
  • to increase the contribution of women to science, technology and development.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Recognized R&D laboratories, universities and educational institutions.
  • S&T based voluntary organizations, which are working in the rural areas with legal status or as a society registered under the Societies registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act.
  • The organization should have been in existence for a minimum of three years and not be blacklisted by any Central or State Government Department.
  • The organization should have experience in handling projects having focus on S&T.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in the prescribed format any time of the year which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

  • Specific science and technology application programmes to solve the problems of women in different regions such as hill, coastal and arid.
  • Research and development on post-harvest technology and agricultural implements used by women to improve productivity and reduce drudgery.
  • Utilization of agricultural and animal residues through technologies, which provide opportunities for income generation.
  • Improved practices for higher income in new technological areas.
  • Sustainable utilization & value addition to natural resources.
  • Research, development and demonstration programmes on key issues pertaining to women’s health and nutrition.
  • Design, fabrication and improvement of tools implements, equipment and instruments used by women in different occupations in formal and non-formal sectors.
  • Upgradation of traditional skills for utilization of available resources and providing means for women to enter into the organized sector or for starting entrepreneurial production or service units.
  • Selective studies on issues concerning women scientists and engineers.
  • Providing opportunities to Women scientists after a break in career.

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts. Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

OTHER GENDER RELATED SCHEMES OF SCIENCE AND SOCIETY DIVISION:

(A) Fellowship Scheme for Women Scientists-S&T Based SocietalProgrammes (Category ‘B’) [WOS-B]

This fellowship provides an opportunity for women scientists to re-enter into active research after a career break. The scholarship is available for carrying out innovative R&D having societal impact.

(B) National Award for Women’s Development through Application of Science and Technology:

This award has been instituted to recognize the contributions of individuals/institutions who have worked at the grass root level for women’s development through application of science and technology. Applications are invited once a year. For details and announcements, visit DST’s website: www.dst.gov.in.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

II.3 Science and Technology Application for Weaker Sections (STAWS)

Objective(s)

This scheme is aimed at the development of the weaker sections of the society in rural and urban areas. It focuses attention on specific S&T inputs for improvement of rural artisans, landless labourers and other weaker sections. Emphasis is placed on multi-sectoral approach incorporating original ideas based on locally available resources and incorporating the direct beneficiary groups in decision-making. The main objectives of this scheme are:

  • to promote research, development and adaptation of science and technology for improving quality of life of weaker sections.
  • to motivate scientists for applying their knowledge and expertise to problems of the weaker communities.
  • to promote large-scale demonstration of newer technologies and adaptation by supporting time-bound efforts.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Recognized R&D laboratories, universities and educational institutions.
  • S&T based voluntary organizations, which are working in the rural areas with legal status or as a society registered under the Societies registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act.
  • The organization should have been in existence for a minimum of three years and not be blacklisted by any Central or State Government Department.
  • The organization should have experience in handling projects having focus on S&T.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in the prescribed format any time of the year which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

  • Action oriented innovative field programmes in technology demonstration and utilisation implemented by S&T field groups working with artisans, landless labour and other weaker sections of the societies.
  • Technology generation and adaptation programme by S&T institutions, undertaken in cooperation with, and as back up to the programmes of S&T field groups; and
  • Programmes to help the traditional artisans with a view to organize them for better earning/ reduced drudgery through innovative skill development, training programmes, workshops and adaptive research and development.

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overhead etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts. Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

II.4 Scheme for Young Scientists and Professionals (SYSP)

Objective(s)

The scheme is focused on young scientists who have adequate background and training in fields of science and technology and show inclination to undertake socially relevant action research projects. The objectives are:

  • to provide opportunities to young scientists for pursuing innovative research ideas which have direct bearing on social problems.
  • to provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of ideas with the scientific community.
  • to involve young scientists in national S&T development process through internship in selected voluntary organizations.
  • to take up activities which are conducive to attainment of the above objectives.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The scheme is open to young scientists, upper age limit being 35 years (40 years for Women) and having a minimum qualification of graduation in Engineering or Medicine or post graduation in Physical, Chemical, Biological, Social or Behavioral sciences.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in prescribed format any time of the year which is available on website.

V. Areas of research support

The young scientists can either (a) attempt a field implementation of an idea which is already known or (b) develop techniques for solving problems which do not have any suggested solutions at present. The scheme is directed towards capability building of the young scientists in application of S&T in societal areas. The broad areas are listed under STARD, STAWS, S&T for Women, TSP and SCP which can be seen/downloaded from the website.

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overhead etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts. Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

II.5 Tribal Sub Plan (TSP)

Objective(s)

The scheme under Tribal Sub Plan aims at improving living conditions of scheduled tribes based on sustainable science and technology activities. The objectives are:

  • to promote research, development & adaptation of S&T for improving quality of life of tribal groups;
  • to preserve traditional artisanal skills and upgrade the same
  • to explore & promote alternative employment potential wherever the present occupation in dwindling;
  • to improve existing equipment and machinery and introduction of new techniques;
  • capacity building of tribal populations in S&T based activities;

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Recognized R&D laboratories, universities and educational institutions.
  • S&T based voluntary organizations, which are working in the rural areas with legal status or as a society registered under the Societies registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act.
  • The organization should have been in existence for a minimum of three years and not be blacklisted by any Central or State Government Department.
  • The organization should have experience in handling projects having focus on S&T.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in the prescribed format any time of the year which is available on website.

V. Areas of research support

  • Effective and sustainable utilisation of available natural resources including Non—Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).
  • Land use, ecology, environment, energy and health.
  • Development, demonstration and extension of viable technology models;
  • Value addition to products based on traditional skills.
  • Application of science and technology for human resource development.
  • Sensitizing activists of voluntary agencies, scientists of laboratories, project officers and related agencies to S & T approach for tribal development through short-term intensive workshops and/or long-term training courses.
  • Awareness generation to possible technology options;
  • Other activities, which would complement these objectives, like workshops, seminars, publications.

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts. Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

II.6 Special Component Plan (SCP)

Objective(s)

The Special Component Plant Scheme aims at improving the lot of the weaker sections of SC community through intervention of Science & Technology. The objectives are:

  • to promote research, development and adaptation of technology for improving quality of life of the economically weaker sections of scheduled castes in urban/rural areas.
  • to encourage scientists & technologists to apply their knowledge and expertise to solve the problems of economically weaker scheduled caste communities, especially in rural areas.
  • to promote activities such as workshops, seminars, publications, jathas, etc., which would help in achieving the objectives listed above.
  • to replicate successful technology models relevant to SC population.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Recognized R&D laboratories, universities and educational institutions.
  • S&T based voluntary organizations, which are working in the rural areas with legal status or as a society registered under the Societies registration Act 1860 or a trust registered under the Indian Trusts Act 1982 or Charitable or Religious Act 1920 or under the corresponding State Act.
  • The organization should have been in existence for a minimum of three years and not be blacklisted by any Central or State Government Department.
  • The organization should have experience in handling projects having focus on S&T.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted in the prescribed format any time of the year which is available on website.

V. Areas of research support

  • S&T intervention for sustainable development and income generation amongst scheduled caste artisans/farmers.
  • S&T intervention for improving skills and efficiency of artisans engaged in traditional occupations.
  • Optimizing the design of commonly used equipment, machinery, rural transport vehicles to increase income, reduce drudgery and improve general health and well being simultaneously sharpening their competence for undertaking repairs and maintenance.
  • Development of functional capability among SC and other weaker sections of population for improving their socio-economic conditions and drawing them away from stigmatized occupations.

VI. Components of grant

Manpower, consumables, travel, contingencies, equipments, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure, international travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of an Expert Committee. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms as well as spot visits by experts.

Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops organized periodically and also by field visits.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Science & Society Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26590383
Website: www.dst.gov.in, www.scienceandsociety-dst.org

13. Seismology Programme (SP)

The Seismology division in DST provides support to various programmes for strengthening the earthquake related research in the country and also to create substantial new S&T bases, infrastructure, and appropriate Human Resources for mitigating the adverse impacts of Earthquake hazard. The scheme has following components:

(a) The Seismicity Programme

(b) The National Global Positioning System (GPS) Programme

(c) Jai Vigyan Mission Mode Project for Natural Hazard Assessment in Himalayas

(d) Mission Mode Project on Seismology

(e) Microzonation Studies of Selected Urban Centre.

Seismicity Programme has been evolved with a view to understand the earthquake processes/mechanism related to the Indian Lithosphere, their recurrence interval and their manifestation on the surface towards developing knowledge and techniques for hazard mitigation. The key objectives of the programme are as follows:

Objective(s)

  • To promote R&D in the field of earthquake studies.
  • To create scientific infrastructure in the form of seismographs, strong motion accelerographs, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other collateral geophysical systems for generating high quality data sets to facilitate advanced research.
  • To generate knowledge-based products such as microzonation maps to help in earthquake disaster mitigation and management.
  • To create awareness about earthquakes amongst masses.
  • To create specialized manpower and capabilities to deal with specific scientific problems in different facets of seismology and earthquake engineering.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Proposal can be submitted by R&D institutions, Colleges, Universities, and reputed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposals can be submitted any time during the year as per the guidelines/format laid down by DST. The details of the guidelines for preparation of Research Proposal are available on the web-site.

V. Areas of research support

Projects on the various aspects of earthquakes including: Seismotectonic studies, GPS based Crustal Deformation studies, Geotechnical investigations, Seismic Tomography, Offshore Seismicity, Microzonation, Damage Scenario studies and Hazard Consciousness and Human Resource Development.

VI. Components of grant

Equipments, Salaries, Consumables, Travel, Overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Buildings and other infrastructural facilities.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

  • The schemes are operated under the guidance of Expert Committees. Proposal in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by peer review mechanisms.
  • Progress is monitored through presentation at workshops/meetings organized periodically.
  • Ten copies of the PCR are required to be submitted. PCR is sent to experts for evaluation.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Seismology Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Tel. No: (011) 26590458
Fax. No: (011)26962742
E-mail: venktesh@nic.in
Website: www.serc-dst.org.

14. State Science & Technology Programme(SSTP)

The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India under the State S&T Programme has been supporting projects since 1998-1999. This is to accelerate S&T activities at the State level so as to ensure integration of S&T for overall socio-economic development with special emphasis on Location Specific Research & Technology Development, S&T studies/surveys and information exchange and experience sharing on specific S&T programmes.

Objective(s)

  • To establish and support State Councils for S&T to act as focal points in the States and Union Territories for planning, guiding, evaluating, monitoring, coordinating and in general spreading science and technology activities at State level.
  • To support organization of meeting/workshops on specialized S&T topics of relevance to States/Union Territories.
  • To provide assistance for carrying out studies/surveys of specific interest to the States/Union Territories.
  • To assist States in identifying science and technology programme for development of weaker sections of the society.
  • To support location specific research and technology development programmes.
  • To assist in undertaking Science and Technology demonstration projects in States.

III. Who can submit a proposal

State & Central Institutions, State S&T Councils and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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

Programmes may focus on multi-sectoral area based approach to rural/regional development. These areas would be so identified where S&T intervention could significantly improve the existing socio-economic conditions. DST would welcome proposals having clearly established linkages of S&T to overall development of the State. The area identified should have potential to contribute in socio-economic upliftment of the people of the state.

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, salaries, consumables, contingencies, domestic travel, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Vehicles, buildings, any other major infrastructure.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The scheme is operated under the guidance of a Project Evaluation Group. Proposals in the prescribed proforma are evaluated by Project Evaluation Group as well as by peer review mechanism wherever necessary. Progress is monitored through presentation at Group Monitoring Meetings organized periodically and also by field visits. Three copies of the Project Completion Report are required to be submitted.

IX. Contact Address

Adviser & Head (Technology Development and Transfer Division)
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan,
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Telefax: (011) 26510686
E-mail: laxman@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

15. Technology Development Programme (Joint Technology –Technology System Programme)

Objective(s)

Technology systems programme aims to support activities aimed at developing and integrating technologies to evolve technology systems both in the advanced/emerging areas and in traditional sectors/areas. Under the programme, feasibility of newer ideas/ concept is assessed for their potential conversion into useful technology/product. Applications of advanced R&D for socio-economic benefit is consciously promoted under the programme.

The Primary objective of the programme is to facilitate and support development of products or techniques/technology aimed at specific and use. It envisages active user involvement and association in development effort. The intention is that products/technologies developed under the programme are used for the benefit of masses and reach the people through commercialisation, wherever feasible. The specific objectives of the programme are:

  • development and integration of technologies following holistic approach in identified areas
  • promote application of modern/advanced technologies to socio-economic problem solving;
  • promote modernization of traditional technologies, tools and skills;
  • facilitate in enhancing quality and performance of the traditional/non-traditional items;
  • encourage development of applications of R&D activities; and
  • promote activities aimed at improving technology, technique, material, methods and other appropriate activities conducive for development of technology status in identified areas.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The Project Proposals could be submitted for financial support by scientists/ engineers/ technologists working in academic institutions/registered societies/ R&D institutions /laboratories having adequate infrastructure/ facilities to carry out Technology Development work. DST would encourage multi-disciplinary proposals envisaging network /collaboration of various institutes having diverse expertise and facilities for synergistic implementation of the projects.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Twenty copies of the proposal can be submitted in the prescribed format any time during the year.

V. Areas of Research Support

Under the programme, only those projects/activities are supported for which “proof of concept” has already been established. The proposals aimed at Applied Research & Development are encouraged. Proposals involving basic/exploratory research are not considered under the programme.

Some of the areas in which proposal can be submitted are illustrated below:

  • Glass Technology Upgradation Programme.
  • Gold Technology Upgradation Programme
  • Vision related (eye disease) activities
  • Bio-Molecular Electronics/ Conducting Polymer Electronics, Non-invasive and other Biosensors.
  • Water Purification and rural micro-water management
  • Bio-degradable/ bio-medical polymers
  • Information and communication Technology Systems for application in rural areas.
  • Waste utilization and Management
  • Application of Surface engineering techniques for rejuvenation of traditional Crafts.
  • Ceramic Technology Programme
  • Structural Technology for distress diagnostics, industrial-building systems etc.

However, above list is not exhaustive and proposals in other niche areas can also be considered if the activity is perceived to be useful by DST for technology advancement in the country and is not being taken up under any other major R&D programme.

VI. Components of grant

Project staff salaries, equipment, supplies and consumables, contingencies expenditure, domestic travel, overheads etc.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel and building & infrastructure.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Proposals received in prescribed format are screened by the division with a view to assess their suitability for consideration under programme mandate. After initial scrutiny, the proposals are peer reviewed by experts and the Investigators are required to revise the proposal, if needed. The proposals along with reviewer comments are placed before the Programme Advisory Committee/Expert Advisory Committee for its recommendation. Principal Investigators are called for presentation before EAC/PAC, if required. The recommended proposals are processed for financial concurrence and administrative approval as per DST procedure.

The project is periodically monitored by the Project Review Committee (on site) and/or Group Monitoring Committee ( at a common location depending upon the stage of development). The PI is advised to take necessary action on the recommendations of the review experts. Ten copies of the Project Completion Report (PCR) are required to the submitted. The PCR is sent to experts for comments. A presentation is also required to be made by the investigator on completion of the project.

IX. Contact Address

Adviser & Head
Technology Systems Programme
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016.
Tele fax: (011) 26510686/26523027
E-mail : laxman@nic.in, sbajpai@nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

16. Utilisation of Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS)

Objective(s)

A large number of eminent scientists in the country remain active and deeply motivated to participate in S&T development activities even after their retirement. In order to utilize their expertise and potential, a specific scheme named ‘Utilisation of the Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS) was introduced by the Department of Science & Technology during the Seventh Five Year Plan.

  • the objective of the scheme is to utilize expertise and potential of eminent/senior scientists after superannuation for publishing books/monographs/state of the art reports on S&T related topics.

III. Who can submit a proposal

After superannuation, Scientists up to the age of 65 years are eligible provided that they do not have any other fellowship/programme.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The project proposals for consideration under the USERS Scheme can be submitted any time throughout the year

V. Areas of research support

Broad Areas of Science and Engineering.

VI. Components of grant

Honorarium to PI, Secretarial Staff, Travel and Contingency.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Building, infrastructure etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

This scheme is implemented through an Expert Committee.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
SERC Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan,
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110 016
Telefax No: (011) 26963695
E-mail: venkatesh@nic.in
Website: www.serc-dst.org
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR)

I. Introduction

The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) is a part of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which was announced through a Presidential Notification, dated January 4, 1985. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) has a mandate to carry out the activities relating to indigenous technology promotion, development, utilization and transfer.

The Technology Promotion, Development and Utilization (TPDU) Programmes are directed towards meeting the specific needs of industry and are of particular relevance in the present context. Programmes and activities under the scheme are centered around promoting industrial R&D, development and commercialization of technologies, acquisition, management and export of technologies, promotion of consultancy capabilities, etc.

II. Name of scheme(s)

Technology Promotion, Development and Utilization Programmes & its Components.

Objective(s)

  • Promote and support industry efforts towards R&D.
  • Encourage R&D system-industry cooperation.
  • Support industry for technology development, demonstration and absorption of imported technology.
  • Build indigenous capabilities for development and commercialization of contemporary products and processes of high impact.
  • Evaluate the status and performance of technology in selected sectors/areas.
  • Facilitate effective transfer and management of technology.
  • Promote international technology trade including export of technology projects, services and technology intensive products.
  • Promote and strengthen consultancy capabilities for domestic use and export requirements. Support and use mechanisms, both national and international, towards transfer of technology, both within and outside the country.
  • Generate endogenous capacities for the development and utilization of digital information resources for providing inputs to scientific & industrial research in the country.

These objectives are implemented through the following six component schemes:

  1. Industrial R&D Promotion Programme
  2. (i) Technology Development and Demonstration Programme
  3. (ii) Technopreneur Promotion Programme
  4. Technology Management Programme
  5. International Technology Transfer Programme
  6. Consultancy Promotion Programme
  7. Technology Information Facilitation Programme

II.1 Industrial R&D Promotion Programme

Objective(s)

The main objectives of the scheme are to:

  • bring in-house R&D into sharper focus.
  • strengthen R&D infrastructure in industry and Scientific & Industrial Research Organisations (SIROs).
  • promote R&D initiatives of the Industry and SIROs.
  • ensure that the contributions made by the in-house R&D centres and SIROs dovetail adequately in the overall context of technological and industrial development.

III. Who can submit a proposal

A scheme for granting recognition to in-house R&D units set-up by industry, is operated by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR). For the purpose of the recognition, R&D units have to apply to DSIR as per prescribed proforma. The proforma and other details about the scheme are available at DSIR website: http://www.dsir.nic.in/forms/rdrecog.doc

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

  • Recognition to In-house R&D units established by corporate industry.
  • Recognition to non-commercial Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (SIROs).
  • Registration of Public Funded Research Institutions, universities and others.
  • Fiscal incentives for Scientific Research administered by DSIR.

VI. Components of grant

Not applicable at present. DSI grants recognition to in-house R&D Units which provides Income-tax relief on R&D expenditure as per Income-tax Act.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Not applicable

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and whenever necessary the site is visited and then proposal is considered by a Screening Committee which meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Industrial R&D Promotion Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel.No : (011) 26567373
Fax : (011) 26960629
E-mail : srv@nic.in, rra@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.2(i) Technology Development and Demonstration Programme

Objective(s)

The Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under its Plan Scheme ‘Technology Promotion, Development & Utilization Programme (TPDU)’ is promoting Industry’s drive to take up New Product/Process Development.

The TPDU R&D grants scheme has the following objectives:

  • to promote innovation by sharing risk with innovators.
  • to forge industry-institute cooperation.
  • to strengthen the National Innovation capability.

Towards achieving the above objectives, the Department provides, partial financial support to New Product / Process Development projects taken up by Indian Industry, in all sectors. So far, over 140 projects of Industrial units, both in public and private sector, have been supported by the Department involving DSIRs share of about Rs. 30 crores in the total project costs of around Rs. 80 crores. These projects cover products and processes in various important industries such as, electrical, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, embedded software, instrumentation, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, earth moving and industrial machinery, chemicals, drugs, pharmaceuticals and explosives.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The proposals can be made by industrial units either on their own or jointly with research/educational institutions, international bodies, companies & individuals.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

  • R&D Project for development of a new/improved product resulting in Prototype development and ending with demonstration in commercial environment.
  • R&D Project for development of a new/improved product resulting in establishment of process know-how, development of process equipment and demonstration of yield, efficacy etc. in a Pilot plant.

VI. Components of grant

Partial financial support is given in this scheme, the details of which can be seen from the website.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

  • Pre-project activities (including preliminary literature survey and patent search).
  • Manpower/permanent employees costs of industry.
  • Travel costs of industry personnel.
  • Industry overheads.
  • Contingency provisions.
  • Payments for technology received from commercial organizations.
  • Infrastructure facilities like land, building.
  • Production and production test equipment.
  • Standard quality control equipment.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and then considered by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The project is monitored by a Project Review Committee. The Committee meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Technology Development and Demonstration Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No : (011) 26960629 Fax : (011) 26516078
E-mail : srv@nic.in, asrao@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.2(ii).Technopreneur Promotion Programme

Objective(s)

The programme is jointly operated by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) to tap the vast innovative potential of the citizens of India. TePP is a mechanism to promote individual innovators to become technology based entrepreneurs (Technopreneurs). The objectives are:

  • to convert an original idea/invention/know-how into working prototype/processes.
  • to develop software and patenting for immediate commercial implication.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any Indian individual innovators, from the owner of a ‘startup’ company/industry if the annual turnover of the company/industry does not exceed Rs. 30 lakhs per annum. Individuals working in organizations and having innovative ideas may also apply by furnishing a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from their employer.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Five copies of the proposal should be submitted in the prescribed format any time of the year, which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

  • An original idea for development of science & technology.
  • Patenting for immediate commercial implication.

VI. Components of grant

Financial support for carrying out objectives/developments of the scheme and initial support such as patents, designs etc.,and guidance, scientific/technical consultancy, fabrication assistance, networking with related research lab/institutes and demonstration for users as required.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

The rent of own house/own accommodation, own salary/stipend, rent of own workshop, salary of assistants etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to the TePP Screening Committee. Decision of this Committee is final.

IX. Contact address

The Head
Technopreneur Promotion Programe (TePP)
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No : (011) 26960629
Fax : (011) 26516078
E-mail : srv@nic.in, asrao@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.3 Technology Management Programme

Objective(s)

  • To enhance knowledge and skills in the efficient transfer and management of technologies specific to the nation, including rural based technologies and region/sector.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Academic institutes, Research organizations, Consultancy organizations, State Level Bodies, International organizations and other Government Departments; apart from the Small-scale sector in particular.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

  • Providing assistance in efficient transfer of technology, through information in respect of foreign collaborations approved and analysis of such approvals as well as focused studies.
  • Enhancing knowledge base in respect of technologies specific to the nation, including rural based technologies and region/sector specific technologies by undertaking analytical studies, technology status and development studies.
  • Providing information to industry, Government departments and researchers through targeted research studies and policy research.
  • Promoting industry-institute interaction by setting up resource centers on technology management in appropriate locations.
  • Enhancing academic interest and contribution through active collaborations and memorandums of understanding with academic institutes.
  • Initiating State level agencies and research organizations to take up activities in the realm of Technology Management.
  • Information dissemination on Technology Management related aspects through newsletters, portals, manuals, and other forms.
  • Promoting an understanding of Technology Management in the Indian scenario through case studies of manufacturing and research organizations in the country, distinguished technologists lecture series etc, and
  • Conducting tailor-made management development programmes, awareness programme focussed training courses, seminars and conferences on specific technology management issues and providing guidance to trainers as well.

VI. Components of grant

Cost of the project.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

As per guidelines given in the website.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and then considered by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The project is monitored by a Project Review Committee. The Committee meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Technology Management Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel. No: (011) 26960098 (Direct)
26567373 Extn.: 256
Fax : (011) 2696 0098 / 2696 0629 / 2686 8607
E-mail : srv@nic.in; sabhat@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.4 International Technology Transfer Programme

Objective(s)

  • To promote international technology transfer and trade with India as focus, to enhance international technology transfer business prospects of industries and establishments engaged in industrial R&D.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Government supported bodies and agencies, public funded institutions, industry associations and chambers, UN bodies, reputed consultancy organizations and NGOs would be considered for support under the programme.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format

V. Areas of research support

  • Documentation of Technology Export Performance and Capabilities.
  • Showcasing and Demonstration of Technology Export capabilities.
  • Facilitation of Technology Transfer and Trade at the Firm Level.

VI. Components of grant

A partial support is given for generally covering costs towards documentation, professional charges, travel, office equipment and stationery, computerization, preparation and printing of documents, reports, invitation cards, banners etc., and consumables in pilot plants or working models.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

As per guidelines given in the website: www.dsir.gov.in.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and then considered by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The project is monitored by a Project Review Committee. The Committee meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
International Technology Transfer Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel.No: (011) 26866123 / 26567373
Fax : (011) 2696 0629
E-mail : srv@nic.in, ashwani@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.5 Consultancy Promotion Programme

Objective(s)

  • The main objective of the Scheme is to strengthen, promote and develop consultancy services for domestic use and export markets.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Concerned associations or promotional agencies, interested organisations / institutions.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

Strengthening consultancy capabilities:

  • Support R&D efforts of consultancy organisations and consultancy efforts of national R&D organizations.
  • Support for pilot studies, infrastructural facilities, etc, for commercialization of indigenous know-how.
  • Support for studies related to assessment of National Consultancy Needs and Capabilities in various sectors / fields.
  • Support for Skill Upgradation, Training, Quality Management etc., to Consultants.
  • Support for developing consultancy capabilities in emerging and newer areas including IPR, Bio-Technology, new materials, etc.
  • Consultancy for Venture Capital.

Development of Consultancy for SMEs:

  • Promote and support the availability of consultancy services to tiny, small & medium sector.
  • Supporting the setting up of consultancy clinics and design & engineering services facilities in specific sectors particularly for SMEs.
  • Supporting the setting up of Consultancy Parks.
  • Support for consultancy for commercialization of technologies from R&D, and academic institutions for multiple licensing for SMEs.
  • Training programmes etc.

Documentation of experiences/Information dissemination etc.

  • Providing incentives to consultancy promotion agencies and consulting firms to document their useful experiences in major projects, particularly abroad.
  • Support to prepare publicity material, such as video films, websites directories, brochures, etc., particularly for exports.
  • Build up linkages with various institutions/organizations within the country and abroad.
  • Support for organizing and participation in training programmes, workshops, seminars and trade fairs etc., in India and abroad.

VI. Components of grant

Support is provided in this scheme to organizations/institutes to enable them to discharge their functions more effectively and for international cooperation and export consultancy services.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

As per guidelines given in the website: www.dsir.gov.in.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and then considered by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The project is monitored by a Project Review Committee. The Committee meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Consultancy Promotion Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel.No: (011) 26518103, 26868607 (Direct)
Fax : 00-91-11-26960629
E-mail : srv@nic.in, rajkumar@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in

II.6 Technology Information Facilitation Programme

Objective(s)

The specific objectives are designed to:

  • develop appropriate endogenous information capacities to support the R&D activities.
  • support the production of local content and to promote use of indigenous knowledge.
  • map the national S&T productivity in relation to the international trend.
  • support education, training and R&D in digital content development and utilization and
  • promote national and international cooperation in related areas.

III. Who can submit a proposal

  • Professional/research institutions with qualified engineers, scientists, information professionals, statisticians and economists and belonging to one of the following categories are eligible for assistance under the scheme:
  • Institutions receiving annual recurring grants from the Central or State Government Agencies including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Universities, academic institutions, R&D institutions, Public Sector Undertakings, etc.
  • Institutions registered as professional societies under the Societies Registration Act.
  • Institutions incorporated under the Companies Act Professional & Industry Associations.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

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

V. Areas of research support

To facilitate strengthening the resource base of information available and provide a mechanism for optimal utilization of the resources in the country. TIP would also facilitate collaborative research among industries and institutions.

VI. Components of grant

Assistance can be by way of financial support (partial or full) and technical guidance. The type of assistance required by the institution should be clearly indicated in the proposal. However, financial assistance will be provided only for meeting expenditure on Manpower, Equipment, Consumables, Internal Travel and other miscellaneous expenditure.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Basic infrastructure and buildings.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts and then considered by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The project is monitored by a Project Review Committee. The Committee meets every month.

IX. Contact Address

The Head
Technology Information Facilitation Programme
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
Tel.No: (011) 26565329
Fax : 00-91-11-26565329
E-mail : srv@nic.in, alh@nic.in
Website : www.dsir.gov.in
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

I. Introduction

The primary aim of the ICMR is to promote research in the country in the fields of medicine, public health and allied areas. The Council promotes biomedical research in the country through intramural research (through Institutes totally funded by ICMR) and extramural research (through grants-in-aid given to projects in non-ICMR Institutes).

II. Name of the scheme(s)

  1. Ad-hoc Research Schemes : Open-ended Research (Ad-hoc Projects) on the basis of applications for grants-in-aid received from scientists in non-ICMR Research Institutes located in different parts of the country
  2. Senior Research Fellowship/Research Associate
  3. Junior Research Fellowships
  4. Emeritus Medical Scientist Scheme (for retired medical scientists and teachers, the Council offers the position of Emeritus Scientist to enable them to continue or take up research on specific biomedical topics.)

Other Research Activities:

i) Short Term Research Studentship (for undergraduate medical students to encourage them to familiarize themselves with research methodologies and techniques)

ii) National Task Force Projects : which emphasise a time-bound, goal-oriented approach with clearly defined targets, specific time frames, standardized and uniform methodologies, and often a multicentric structure

iii) Centres for Advanced Research : setting up Centres for Advanced Research in different research areas around existing expertise and infrastructure in selected departments of Medical Colleges, Universities and other non-ICMR Research Institutes

iv) Guidance for International Collaboration for Research in Biomedical Sciences

v) ICMR International Fellowships for Biomedical Scientists from Developing Countries

vi) ICMR International Fellowships for Indian Biomedical Scientists

vii) ICMR Financial assistance to MD/MS/DM/MCH thesis programme

viii) Grant-in-aid for organising Seminars/Symposia/Workshops

II.1 Ad-hoc Research Schemes

Objective(s)

  • The Indian Council of Medical Research provides financial assistance to promote biomedical and health research. Proposals in fundamental/ strategic research, development and evaluation of a tool, Clinical and operational research are considered for ICMR support.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The assistance is provided by way of grants to scientists in regular employment in the universities, medical colleges, postgraduate institutions, recognized research and development laboratories and NGOs. (Applications from non-governmental agencies should provide documentary evidence of registration, track record etc.)

1V. When and how to submit a proposal

Proposals are received throughout the year on the prescribed format, which can be obtained on request from the Director-General, ICMR. Forms can also be downloaded from ICMR website (http://www.icmr.nic.in/adhocform.doc).

Thirty copies of the complete project proposals application along with a copy in electronic mode are to be submitted. All projects involving research on human beings/animals must be cleared by the Human Ethics Committee/ Animal Ethics Committee of the respective institute.

V. Areas of research support

Financial support is provided by the Council in all areas related to health and biomedical sciences. However, following are the priority areas identified by the ICMR:

  • Communicable diseases including viral diseases, cholera and enteric diseases, tuberculosis, leprosy, malaria, filariasis, kala-azar, vector control etc.
  • Reproductive health including fertility control.
  • Maternal & Child Health.
  • Nutritional and major metabolic disorders.
  • Primary health care, alternative health care systems.
  • Non-communicable diseases including cancer, mental health, cardiovascular, neurological, ophthalmic and haematological disorders, oral health, gastroenterology, urology etc.
  • Occupational and other environment related health problems i.e. asthma.
  • Drug research including medicinal plants and indigenous/or traditional systems of medicine.
  • Basic medical research in disciplines such as anatomy, allergy, anthropology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, cell & molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, haematology.

Note: For latest thrust areas & format/guidelines refer to ICMR website http://www.icmr.nic.in/thrust/thrust.htm.

VI. Components of grant

Research staff, Equipment, Contingencies, Travel, Overheads.

Financial ceiling --- Financial ceiling is up to Rs.30 Lakhs for the total duration of the project.

VII. Items not allowed of grant

Basic infrastructure, building, foreign travel etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposals received as per the prescribed format of ICMR are reviewed by Project Review Committees (PRCs) constituted by the various technical divisions of ICMR for different subject areas. These PRC’s are held generally 3-4 times in a year depending upon the number of proposals received for evaluation. Most of these projects are also reviewed by subject specialists before being considered by the PRCs.

The Report is to be submitted annually in the prescribed format. The first progress report should be submitted about three months prior to the completion of the annual period so as to enable the evaluation and provide the grants within the completion of one year from the starting date. The subsequent annual report will be for the period of one year. The progress of the project would be evaluated by theICMR through appropriate peer review/ Project Review Committees. PI shall submit 10 copies of Final Report along with the final audited statement of Accounts. The final report is reviewed by the PRC.

IX. Contact Address

Director General
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911
Ansari Nagar
New Delhi- 110029
Tel.No: 91-11-26588895, 91-11-26588980
91-11-26588707, 91-11-26589794, 91-11-26589336
Fax: 91-11-26588662
E-mail: icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

II.2 Senior Research Fellowship/ Research Associate

Objective(s)

  • Senior Research fellowships provide opportunities to bright young men and women to pursue research and training invariably leading to Ph.D/MD etc. under experienced researchers/investigators of repute in the field of biomedicine.
  • Research Associateships are awarded to encourage young research workers who already have good quality published work to their credit to pursue research work in biomedicine on specific research programmes as post doctoral fellows.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Any young scientist who fulfils the prescribed criteria of age and educational qualifications can submit applications to ICMR to carry out research in the field of biomedical sciences at the permanent institutes of the council, other biomedical research institutes, medical colleges and universities in India where adequate laboratory and other facilities to carry out biomedical research are available. For age limit, qualification etc., website may be consulted.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Applications from Research fellows/associates are received through out the year on the prescribed format, which can be obtained on request from the Director-General, ICMR. Forms and other details can be downloaded from ICMR website http://www.icmr.nic.in/fellowform.doc

V. Areas of research support

Financial support is provided by the Council in all areas related to health and biomedical sciences.

Note: For latest thrust areas refer to ICMR website: http://www.icmr.nic.in/thrust/thrust.htm

VI. Components of grant

As prescribed by the Department of Science and Technology from time to time - Fellowship stipend and contingency.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

(a) Non-expendable articles such as equipment, vehicles, office furniture etc.

(b) Foreign travel or other expenses for visits abroad.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Proposals received for funding are reviewed by Project Review Committees (PRCs)/ Fellowship Expert Groups(FECs) which meet from time to time. Most of these proposals are also reviewed by subject specialists before being considered by the PRCs and FECs.

The fellow shall submit annual reports as per the prescribed standard proforma. The first annual report should be submitted after 10 months from the date of commencement of the fellowship, giving complete factual details of the research work done,through the guide along with his/her appraisal. Subsequent annual report as per the standard proforma should be submitted through the guide two months before the completion of fellowship year. Six copies of the final report, duly typed clearly, as per standard proforma, of the work done during the tenure of fellowship, along with photographs with proper legends will be submitted with in one month after the completion of the fellowship. For more details, website of ICMR may be seen.

IX. Contact Address

Director General
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar
New Delhi- 110029
Tel.No: 91-11-26588895, 91-11-26588980, 91-11-26589794, 91-11-26589336, 91-11-26588707
Fax : 91-11-26588662
E-mail: icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

Note: Detailed Fellowship rules are given in Application form.

3. Junior Research Fellowships

Objective(s)

  • Achieving an appropriate “critical mass” of excellent researchers through specific support and/or co-ordination and collaboration at national level.
  • Enhance the resources available for bio-medical research.

III. Who can submit a proposal

The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years relaxable up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category. For educational qualification etc., website may be consulted.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Tests are conducted all over India once a year. Admission notice is published in leading newspapers/ICMR website. It is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D/Research programme. Applications on prescribed format along with relevant documents are accepted by ICMR.

Validity of fellowship is up to six months. For detailed procedure website may be seen.

V. Areas of research support

A total of 100 Fellowships would be awarded. Eighty fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human nutrition, human biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, immunology, zoology, botany and veterinary sciences etc.). Twenty fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on social sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, environmental sciences, anthropology and social work.

VI. Components of grant

The value of fellowship is at present Rs 8000 per month, which is at par with DST guidelines. The annual contingency grant is up to Rs. 7500 per annum + HRA.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

a. Non-expendable articles such as equipment, vehicles, office furniture’s etc.

b. Foreign travel or other expenses for visits abroad.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Selected candidates are permitted to enroll themselves for Ph.D in any recognized institution/university under a potential guide.

The guide along with experts finalizes the project protocol and sends it to ICMR for financial support after it’s approval from the academic council of the institute. The fellow is required to submit an annual report subject to in-house review. Duration of fellowships is initially limited to three years. The total tenure cannot not exceed 4 years.

IX. Contact Address

Director General
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar
New Delhi- 110029
Tel.No: (011)26588204(D),26588707, 26588980 Ext. 264
E-mail: icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

4. Emeritus Medical Scientist Scheme

Every year in the month of September Nominations/Applications are invited from distinguished retiring Scientists engaged in research in the field of biomedicine for consideration for appointment as Emeritus Medical Scientist under the Council.

Objective(s)

  • The scheme is designed to assist those senior active working scientists who are totally free to continue active research in their own speciality.The Council has a limited number of positions of Emeritus Medical Scientists.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists, who have retired or are about to retire and who hold/have held before their retirement, the post of the status of a Professor/Associate Professor in a Medical College or of Director/ Deputy Director in a Institute of an all India character, or scientists with comparable scientific experience and attainments in any of the permanent Institute or Centre of the Council and who have been actively engaged in biomedical research of a high standard. The total number of Emeritus Medical Scientists do not exceed 30 at any time. If considered necessary this number can be increased with the prior approval of the Governing Body.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Applications/nominations for the Emeritus Medical Scientists will be invited by advertisement in newspapers, once a year. Forms can be downloaded from ICMR website www.icmr.nic.in/emrtus.htm or can be obtained on request from the Director-General, ICMR. The research work should be carried out either in the Institute /Organisation where the Scientist has actually worked and from where he/she retired, or in any Institute/Organisation of his/her choice where necessary facilities exist. For more details, the website may be seen.

V. Areas of research support

Biomedical sciences

VI. Components of grant

The Emeritus Medical Scientist shall be paid an honorarium of Rs.10,000/- p.m. in addition to pension/provident fund that he/she may draw. The honorarium paid by the Council shall be liable to income tax. A maximum contingent grant of Rs.10,000/- per annum will be admissible. For Staff support and leave etc., details may be seen from the website or obtained from ICMR.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

He/She will not be entitled to any perquisites of office such as residential accommodation, telephone etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The appointment of Emeritus Medical Scientist will be made on the recommendation of a Selection Committee constituted by the Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research.

The duration of appointment of Emeritus Medical Scientists will ordinarily be for a period of two years in the first instance. Further extension up to a maximum period of three years, one year at a time, may be granted in deserving cases depending on the programme of research work undertaken and on the recommendation of the Selection Committee till the age of 65 years is attained.

IX. Contact Address

Director General (Personnel Section)
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar
New Delhi- 110029
Tel. No: 91-11-26588895, 91-11-26588980, 91-11-26589794, 91-11-26589336, 91-11-26588707
Fax : 91-11-26588662
E-mail: icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website:www.icmr.nic.in/emrtus.htm

Other Research Related Activities:

i) Short Term Research Studentship (STS)

Objectives(s)

  • Short Term Research Studentship Programme was initiated in 1979 in order to promote interest and aptitude for research among medical undergraduates. The main objective of this programme is to provide an opportunity to undergraduate medical students to familiarize themselves with research methodology and techniques by being associated for a short duration with their seniors on ongoing research programmes or by undertaking independent projects.

III. Who can submit a proposal

This programme is only for undergraduate medical/dental students and therefore, any applications received from students doing their internship would not be considered. This programme is not open to students of paramedical courses.

IV. Areas of research support

The guide should indicate the nature of the ongoing research programme with which the student will be associated. The research techniques and methodology providing an opportunity to the student to familiarize with, may also be indicated and described briefly. The Guide should ensure that she/he selects a suitable brief topic for this studentship which can be completed within 2 months without asking for extension.

V. Components of grant

The short term studentship is non-transferable and cannot be given to another student in the event of a student not accepting it after getting approval. The studentship will be of 2 months’ duration and will cover the vacation period. The value of the studentship will be Rs. 2500/- per month and is meant to be a stipend for the student.

VI. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Application in the prescribed format for such studentship should be submitted through the Principal / Head of the Institute to the Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029, before the last date (Feb 28th of each year). For more details, website may be seen (http://www.icmr.nic.in/strform.doc ).

On completion, two copies of detailed report on the work done by the candidate, giving an introduction, review of literature, aims and objectives, material and methods, results and observations, discussion, conclusions, summary and bibliography, should be submitted to the Chief, Division of BMS , ICMR, New Delhi, through the guide.

The report will be evaluated at ICMR and the Council reserves the right to approve or disapprove a report. Payment of stipend will be made only if report is approved by the Council.

Detailed information about this STS program, updates and also the application forms, guidelines for preparation of report proforma for report submission, checklists, stipend bill forms etc. are available on ICMR website.

VII. Contact Address

Sr. Deputy Director General
Division of Basic Medical Sciences
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911
Ansari Nagar
New Delhi- 110029
Tel. No: 91-11-26589791, 91-11-26588895, 91-11-26588980
Fax: 91-11-26589791
E-mail: muthuswamyv@icmr.org.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

ii) National Task Force Projects

Task Force studies are national projects, centrally planned and coordinated and usually implemented on a multi-centric basis. These projects are time-bound, with a goal-oriented approach and clearly defined targets, specific time frames and conducted by standardised and uniform methodologies.

These task force projects are formulated taking into consideration the national priority areas of research. Collaborating scientists with expertise and infrastructure available to undertake such activities are identified by the Council itself through its Task Forces and other Expert Committees. Peer review is a strong feature of ICMR for both adhoc and task force projects.

The ICMR’s permanent Institute/Centre can be one of the participating Centre of Task Force multi-centric project. In such cases the project has to be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the respective Institute/Centre.

iii) Centres For Advanced Research

This scheme was formulated to encourage in-depth research on an identified research problem with the aim of generating new knowledge and having a better understanding of a disease or a health condition. The activities could focus on one or multiple aspects like causation, progression, management, and prevention. A scientist with outstanding achievements and recognition in a given field can approach ICMR with a specific proposal. Alternatively the ICMR identifies the specific research need and calls for applications from selected individuals/centres in the country which have proven excellence in the area and have the necessary infrastructure to carry out further work.

Assistance is provided to Principal Investigator (PI) to continue and expand the work with the aim that the facility so created would continue to function even after the funding is over. After completion of the project, the host institution would be expected to take over the activities of the Centre as permanent activity.

Generally CARs are located in Medical Colleges, non-ICMR Institutes and Universities where there is evidence of definite research advancement in a given area, assurance of local support and maximum facilities. CAR should serve as a training centre and should be able to develop cadre of trained personnel and also provide infrastructure facilities for carrying out health research in other institutions. A condition, specific to CARs is that the PI should not be transferred for the duration of CAR to maintain continuity.

There is no prescribed format for making the application, however, it is expected that the applicant would highlight the existing expertise and infrastructure and need for the CAR. Detailed proposal with budget requirement on the pattern of adhoc research application form may be submitted.

VII. Contact Address

Director General
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar
New Delhi – 110029
Tel. No. 26588895, 26588980, 26589794, 26589336, 26588707
Fax : 26588662
E-mail: headquarters@icmr.org.in, icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website : www.icmr.nic.in

iv) Guidance for International Collaboration for Research in Biomedical Sciences

An Indo-Foreign Cell (IFC) was set up in the Indian Council of Medical Research in the early 1980s to coordinate collaboration in biomedical research between India and other countries/ international agencies. The IFC was upgraded to the Division of International Health (IHD) in 2000. By and large, biomedical research / health sciences have figured in practically every bilateral agreement in the field of Science and Technology. In addition, there have been a few specific agreements signed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with other countries as well as those signed directly by the ICMR. The purposes of these agreements have been for :

(i) exchange of scientific information; (ii) exchange of scientists/technicians and joint execution of scientific projects, including support in the procurement of scientific equipments; and (iii) organisation of joint scientific meetings, seminars, workshops, symposia on identified subjects of cooperation.

Applications for research projects involving foreign assistance / collaboration in biomedical / health research are to be submitted to ICMR (IHD) for approval of Govt. of India through Health Ministry’s Screening Committee (HMSC). The ICMR is the secretariat of HMSC. The procedures / instructions as well as application format vary from country to country and from agency to agency. The information provided in this write-up is based on the experiences of investigators and ICMR to assist the scientists in developing Indo-Foreign collaborative proposals for research in biomedical sciences.

Forms and Other Details :

1 For assistance from France

i. Under IFCPAR mechanism: Director, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR), 5B,Ground Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003. (Tel. 24682251, 24682252, Fax 24648632)

ii. Under ICMR-INSERM MOU-International Health Division of ICMR (through joint call for proposals on ICMR / INSERM websites & ICMR Bulletin from time to time)

2. For Indo-German and Indo-UK & others

Proposals are to be prepared using ICMR format which is available on the website.

3. For Indo-US collaboration

Office of Health Attaché & HHS, US Embassy in India, Shantipath, Chankayapuri, New Delhi - 110 021. (Tel. 24198213, Fax 24198770)

4. For assistance from WHO

The prescribed form from SEARO, WHO, New Delhi, & its website is to be used (Tel. 23317804, 23317823, Fax 23318607, 23327972).

5. For assistance from Foreign Foundations

The prescribed format of the concerned Foundation is to be used. If there is no prescribed format, proposals are to be prepared using ICMR format.

6. National Funding Agencies

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar,
New Delhi - 110029, India.
Tel. No: (011) 26589794, 26588980 Extn. 237,
TeleFax. (011) 26589492
E-mail: icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in


Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Block 2, 7th Floor,
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi –110003
Tel. No: 011-24363939, 24363012
Fax No: 011-24362884
Website: www.dbtindia.nic.in

Department of Science & Technology (DST)
Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi –110016
Tel. No: 011-26567373, 26962819
Fax. No: 011-26864570, 26862418
E-mail: dstinfo@alpha.nic.in
Website: www.dst.gov.in

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
Anusandhan Bhavan,
2, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg,
New Delhi-110001
Tel. No: 011-23737889, 23710138
Fax No: 011-23710618
E-mail: root@csir.res.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

Contact Address at ICMR

Assistant Director General
International Health Division (IHD)
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan
Post Box No. 4911
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110029
Tel.No : (011) 26589794, 265888\980 Extn. 237
TeleFax : 91-011-26589492
E-mail : icmrhqds@sansad.nic.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

v) ICMR International Fellowship Programme For Biomedical Scientists From Developing Countries

Considering that India has attained excellence and leadership amongst the developing countries in several areas of research especially in tropical and communicable diseases in the field of epidemiology/surveillance/diagnosis, it becomes imperative that India should take a lead in sharing and offering opportunities to scientists from developing countries to come and work in Indian institutes/laboratories.

To achieve this objective and for better south to south cooperation, the ICMR has embarked upon international fellowships for capacity building and human resource development programme for biomedical scientists working in developing countries.

Duration of Fellowships

One to six months

Number of Fellowships

Five fellowships per year

Eligibility Criteria

1. The applicant should be a citizen of a developing country and working in that country.

2. The applicant should possess a minimum qualification of MBBS/M.Sc (life sciences).

3. Age: Preferably below 45 years.

4. The applicant should be employed in a regular position in a recognised University/ Scientific/Health Research Institution in his/her respective country.

5. The application should be forwarded by the Employer/Head of the Institution preferably through the Indian Embassy in the respective country with a statement that the candidate will be considered on duty as a full time employee of the Institution during his/her fellowship programme.

6. Knowledge of spoken/written English is essential (to be certified by Indian mission abroad).

7. The applicant should prepare a concrete plan of training he/she wishes to undertake in India.

Financial Support

A subsistence allowance of Rs.500/- per day Economy class excursion return airfare to /from host Institution.

Contact Address

The Director-General, ICMR.
Attention: Chief, International Health Division,
Indian Council of Medical Research,
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar,
New Delhi-110 029.
Fax No: 91-11- 26589492.
E-mail: ihd@icmr.org.in
Website: www.icmr.nic.in

Note : 1. Guidelines governing the fellowship and list of ICMR and some of non-ICMR institutions which provide training in different areas of biomedical research can be downloaded from ICMR Website (www.icmr.nic.in/guide/Inf ICMR Inst.htm) along with application form & other details.

2. These fellowships are published on ICMR website

vi). ICMR International Fellowship For Indian Biomedical Scientists

Rapid advances in science and technology have brought in new technologies to understand the disease process and find strategies for prevention and cure. There are areas at the cutting edge of science such as molecular medicine, genomics, immunology, which have revolutionized knowledge for finding rapid diagnostics, vaccines, new drug targets and other therapeutic measures. There is an urgent need that researchers working in the core health sectors like diagnostics, epidemiology, surveillance and cure are exposed to the latest advancements in knowledge and interact with International scientists in their respective field of work.To achieve the objective of building up of a highly skilled pool of biomedical researchers in all aspects of biomedical research including basic, applied, epidemiological and clinical sciences, the ICMR has embarked upon an International fellowship programme for capacity strengthening of scientists of our country.

Duration of Fellowships

Young Scientists: 3 to 6 months !! Senior Scientists: 10 to 15 days

Number of Fellowships

Young Scientists: 6 fellowships per year !! Senior Scientists: 3 fellowships per year

Eligibility Criteria

1. The applicant should be a citizen of India and working in the country.

2. The applicant should possess an M.D/Ph.D degree with at least three years teaching/research experience in a recognized Institute after obtaining the requisite qualification.

3. Age: Below 45 years for young scientists

Below 55 years for senior scientists.

4. The applicant should be employed in a regular position in a recognised Biomedical/ Health Research Institution.

5. The application should be forwarded by the Employer/Head of the Institution with a statement that the candidate will be considered as a full time employee of the Institution during the period of his/her fellowship.

6. The applicant should submit a letter of acceptance from the host Institute where he/she proposes to work during the fellowship.

7. The applicant should submit a concrete plan of training pertaining to the project submitted for availing the fellowship.

Financial Support

Young Scientists: US $1800 per month.

Return economy class excursion airfare.

A contingency grant of Rs.10,000/-.

Senior Scientists: US $150 per day including accommodation subject to a maximum of US $ 1800 ( original receipt for hotel accommodation will have to be submitted while claiming).

Return economy class excursion airfare.

Contact Address

The Chief
International Health Division
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan,
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar
New Delhi - 110029

Notes : 1. General guidelines governing the fellowship, the application form and other details can be downloaded from the ICMR website : www.icmr.nic.in

2. These fellowships are advertised in leading national newspapers and on ICMR website.

vii) ICMR Financial Assistance to MD/MS/DM/MCH Thesis Programme

This scheme is primarily aimed at promoting good quality research in medical colleges through students pursuing post graduation courses as well as to improve visibility and accessibility of their research work to larger research audience. The council through the financial assistance to medical graduates ensures procuring an electronic and hard copy of MD/MS/DM/MCH dissertation thesis, which is to be displayed in its library as well as salient highlights posted on its website:

a. The Council will provide a total financial assistance of Rs.25,000 to the selected candidates pursuing post graduate courses (MD/MS/DM/MCH)

b. Number of Awards: Limited to 50 per year.

c. Eligibility: Medical graduates who are admitted to the MD/MS/DM/MCH courses in any of the MCI recognized Institute/College and who wish to avail of the ICMR award for pursuing their research project.

d. Upper age limit: 45 years.

Monitoring

Every attempt will be made by the Committee to identify a scientist from discipline appropriate to the research topic as a mentor, to monitor the project continuously till the research project is completed and reported. He will be in communication with the guide/ the student who will make periodic reports on the progress of the project and will give appropriate advice and guidance to the student for future course of action and mid-course correction, if needed. The monitor, the guide and the student should work as a team and ensure that the output is a thesis of reasonably good quality and can be reported in scientific journals.

Application duly filled by the candidates in ICMR format forwarded by the guide and certified by Dean/Principal may be sent twice in a year, before 30th June or 31st December in a particular year.

viii) Grant-in-aid for organising Seminars/Symposia/Workshops

www.icmr.nic.in/icmrnews/seminar.htm

The Council provides partial financial assistance for organising Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops/ Conferences. The completed application form is to be returned to ICMR Headquarters along with detailed programme (such as speakers, topics/titles of papers/lectures etc.) and list of participants/speakers ( in 7 copies ) at least four months in advance of proposed activity for taking further action.

The sanction of grants by Council depends on the importance of the topic /subject of the Seminar/Symposium and its relevance to ICMR. However, C.M.E. programmes are not generally funded by the Council.

The application form can be obtained from the following address (can also be downloaded from the ICMR website):

Administrative Officer
Administration II
Indian Council of Medical Research
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan,
Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar,
New Delhi - 110029
India Meteorological Department (IMD)

I. Introduction

IMD was established in 1875. It is the National Meteorological Service of the country and the principal government agency in all matters relating to meteorology, seismology and allied subjects.

II Name of scheme(s)

Research in meteorology and allied disciplinces.

Objective(s)

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) entertains research projects in the field of meteorology and atmospheric sciences received from scientists working in universities / institutions and government organizations for their funding under its grants-in-aid programme.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists working in universities, academic institutes, research institutions / laboratories.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Six copies of the proposal can be submitted any time during the year in the prescribed format.

V. Areas of research support

Topics related to advancement of knowledge in the fields of meteorology and atmospheric sciences, with particular reference to the Indian region.

VI. Components of grant

Staff salaries, equipment, consumables, domestic travel, charges of data procurement and analysis, contingencies and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Infrastructure, buildings, laboratories and furniture.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Proposal is referred to experts for its evaluation and viability and based on their recommendation it is considered for sanction. P.I. is required to submit annual progress report which is evaluated by experts. Four copies of the PCR are to be submitted. PCR is referred to experts for their comments.

IX. Contact Address

The Director General of Meteorology
Antarctic & Project Evaluation Cell, DGM’s Office
India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Mausam Bhawan, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
Tel. No: (011) 24618241 to 7 Extn. 4318
Fax: (011) 24699216, 24623220
E-mail: apec@mail.imdmail.gov.in
Website: www.imd.gov.in
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) - Department of Space

I. Introduction

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was established in 1969. The Indian space programme has the primary objective of developing space technology and application programmes to meet the developmental needs of the country. Indian Space programme includes development of operational systems in the areas of satellite based remote sensing, telecommunications, broadcasting, meteorology and development of suitable launch vehicles for putting the satellite in various low earth orbits and geostationary orbits.

II. Name of Scheme(s)

  1. ISRO Sponsored Research Programme (RESPOND)
  2. Space Science Promotion (SSP)

Objective(s)

  • To conduct research and development activities in the relevant areas of space science, application and technology at the universities and academic institutions in the country. Also, to establish interactions between scientists working at ISRO and academic institutions to carry out joint research and educational activities of interest to the Indian Space Programme.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Individuals or groups of scientists, engineers, members of the teaching staff and research workers belonging to recognized academic institutions, universities and research organizations.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

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

V. Areas of research support

Space science, application, technology, space communication, earth resources survey, meteorology and satellite geodesy.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries, equipment, consumables, contingency, travel and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Building, furniture, facilities needed for establishment.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposal is to be submitted to ISRO centers depending on the topic of research interest. Experts at ISRO centers evaluate the proposal for its relevance to space programme and with their recommendations is forwarded to ISRO HQ programme offices for further processing and approval by ISRO Chairman.

The progress of the project is reviewed by expert teams at ISRO centers twice in a year.

Five copies of the PCR are required to be submitted. These are submitted to ISRO centers for evaluation and utilization.

IX. Contact Address
For RESPOND For SPACE SCIENCE PROMOTION

Deputy Director, RESPOND
ISRO Headquarters
Antariksh Bhawan
New BEL Road
Bangalore – 560 094

Programme Director
Space Science Office
ISRO Headquarters
Antariksh Bhawan
New BEL Road
Bangalore–560094

Tel. No: (080) 23416271
Fax. No: (080) 23419190
E-mail: scc@isro.org
Website: www.isro.org
Tel. No: (080) 23415269
Fax. No: (080) 23415269
E-mail: ananth@isro.org
Website: www.isro.org

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