One of the key objectives of the Department is to promote technology development in various fields. The Department has been supporting technology development projects under its Technology Development Programme (TDP). The Programme supports 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 fresh ideas/ concepts is assessed for their potential conversion into useful technology/product.
Mandate of TSDP:
The mandate of Technology Development Programmes (TDP) is to convert proof-of-concepts for development of pre-competitive/commercial technologies/ techniques/ processes. The commercialization of these technologies needs further assessment/incubation, which does not fall in the scope of the Technology Development Programme. Transfer of technology developed under the project to the industry should ideally be the onus of the host institutions. Proposals of incremental R&D over the existing technologies may be considered for support. Theme based concept proposals for proof of feasibility will not be considered under TSDP-DST. Only full fledged complete proposals for development of technology/process/product will be considered under TSDP. Projects related to design and development of Software/IT, as required for products and processes, as a part of technology development project shall be considered. Pure software development does not fall in the scope of the programme. Technology upgradation of Industry Clusters in select areas should be taken up under TSDP. The proposals where in all/most of the comments are negative will be considered by the Committee, in absentia. The proposal where in the project cost is less than Rs.30:00 lakhs will be considered, in absentia.
The Programme has two major objectives:
- Development and integration of technologies in identified areas.
- Promote application of advanced technology for improving the performance,value addition and exportability of various products.
Specific objectives of TDP :
The specific objectives of the Programme are to:
- develop and integrate technologies following a holistic approach in identified areas
- promote application of modern/advanced technologies to socio-economic problem solving
- encourage developments in application of R&D activities;
- promote activities aimed at improving technology, technique, material, methods and other appropriate activities conducive for development of technology status in identified areas.
Core-Areas for inviting proposals under TDP:
Some of the typical areas in which Proposals can be submitted are Glass and Ceramics Technology Up-gradation., Molecular/Biomolecular Electronics/Conducting Polymer and Biosensors, Waste (Plastic, Hospital & Electronic) Utilization and Management, Laser/ Plasmas/ Microwave Technology, Development of technology for Alternate Fuels, Fuel Conservation, Efficient Utilization of Fuels, Innovative Civil Infrastructure Technologies etc.. The above list is not exhaustive and Proposals in other innovative areas are equally welcome 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 programmes of the Government of India.
Focus of the Programme:
- Products or technique/process/technology aimed at specific end use
- User (industry, artisans, cooperatives etc.) involvement and association.
- Applied research and development
Methodology of implementation:
- Identification of niche areas for technology development initiatives in the identified areas not being taken up by any other government agency.
- Identification of the experts and the institutions capable of formulating and implementing technology development activities.
- Soliciting proposal through advertisement in scientific/ technological journals
- Availability of clear statement of quantified objectives and deliverables.
- Technical feasibility and economic viability in view of availability options at the end of development.
- Peer review to facilitate broad based consultation
- Recommendations by respective core group (PAC/EAC) for financial support
Eligibility for submission of the proposals under TDP:
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/prototype building.
Under TSDP, DST always prefers Multi-disciplinary, Multi-institutional, Industry associated mega budget project for development of technology, technique, process, product etc. including field trials, up-scaling of the developed technology.
Under the TSDP the emphasis would be laid on technology development to solve problems of industry/society.Proposals with basic R&D would be submitted to the Science & Engineering Research Baord (SERB), an autonomous organization under DST for funding support. Promoting the development of indigenous technologies relevant for the country, covering small, medium and large scale sectors is one of the prime responsibilities of the Department particularly under the Technology Development Programme (TDP) of the department. Like in many other programmes/ schemes of the department it provides partial financial support to relevant projects selected through a peer review mechanism. more..199.91 KB
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Gyrotron is a high frequency, high power microwave source and being continuously used and explored to be used in various applications such as plasma generation, energy generation, spectroscopy, quality assurance, security, etc. throughout the world. Seeing the importance of gyrotron, Department of science and Technology (DST) has ventured in this high specialized field of research through sponsorship of ‘Multi-institutional Project for Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 kW gyrotron’ for Indian Tokamak system. The institutes involved are CSIR-CEERI-Pilani, IPR-Gandhinagar, SAMEER-Mumbai, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-BHU-Varanasi with CSIR-CEERI as the nodal agency.more..265.65 KB
This is a multi-institutional research project undertaken by a consortium comprising IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra, IIT Jodhpur, CECRI, Karaikudi and BARC, Mumbai. The effort was initiated and supported by the Technology Systems Development Program of DST, New Delhi. The project aims at developing scalable designs of solar hydrogen generation systems using multiple technologies. Besides bridging the technical challenges that exists at multiple lengths scales in the development of a solar energy conversion technology, the initiative was planned to bridge the complementary strengths of universities and national laboratories so as to map the laboratory-scale prototype to the corresponding field-scale device. more...341.94 KB
Rhodopsin, as the fundamental photosynthetic protein in the retina of the eye for vision purposes, was known for a long time. The fact that they can be produced using bacteria like the Halobacterium Salinarum was observed about forty years ago. The technique of making thin films of it for engineering and bio-engineering devices is a later development of about thirty years ago. These photoactive biomolecules are in great demand for the development of optical and electro-optical sensors, Optical switches, logic gates, Ultra Fast RAMs, Security and defense applications etc., more...186.43 KB
In the quest for novel domains of S&T exploration, FERROFLUIDS is found to be an exciting area of scientific and technological pursuit with excellent academic interests, research opportunities, developmental challenges, application avenues, device innovation prospects, and business openings etc. In the global scene, monumental work is done in Ferrofluids, their Flow Behavior, Magneto Rheological Fluids, Magneto Rheological Finishing, Electro Rheological Fluids, Magneto-Hydro Dynamics, Magnetic Ionic Liquids and many associated areas of ferrofluids in terms of synthesis, characterization, application areas, device innovation and development. May patents have been filed and good number of commercial activity is also in progress, using the fruits of S&T pursuits in this area. more...1.18 MB
Under a Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India sponsored programme, CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI) is setting up a 0.75 TPD test bed – for scale-up, demonstration and validation of institute’s internationally patented technology for co-production of sulphate of potash (SOP – FCO grade), ammonium sulphate (FCO grade) and ultra-pure magnesia, utilising K-rich mixed salts obtained from sea bittern. The project culminated through a joint initiative of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, Department of Science & Technology and Department of Fertiliser on promotion of Indigenous potash technology. more...352.39 KB
Karanja (Pongamia glabra), is projected to be one of the most important feed stocks along with jatropha for biodiesel production in India. In India organized cultivation of karanja crop is being done over 4 lakh acres of land (Fig 1). Eventhough, biodiesel has potential as an attractive alternative to diesel, the economic viability of biodiesel has not yet established in the country. Hence, exploitation of the by-products of biodiesel industry like oilseed cakes, glycerol is the need of the hour to improve the overall economics of the biodiesel industry. more...430.48 KB
The movement for use of biodiesel as a fuel in India is gaining momentum. A biodiesel life cycle study carried out in 1998, which was jointly sponsored by the USDOE (US Department of Energy) and the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) concluded that biodiesel reduces net CO2 emissions by 78% compared to mineral diesel. India is an agro-climatically diverse country and it has more than 300 different varieties of oil seeds available, which can be put to use to produce biodiesel to power our transport sector. However engine technology has undergone tremendous improvements in past decade therefore there is a need to assess the suitability of biodiesel with the modern diesel engines. more...195.44 KB
- Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 kW CW/ Long Pulse Gyrotron.
- Generation of Solar Hydrogen
- FERRO-FLUIDS R&D PROGRAMME – NEW INITIATIVES
- Sulphate Of Potash
- INTEGRATED PROJECT ON “DEVELOPMENT OF PROCESSES/TECHNOLOGIES FOR VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS FROM KARANJA OIL AND CAKE”
- Combustion, Material Compatibility, and Engine Tribology Investigations in a Biodiesel Fuelled Turbo-charged Transportation Engine
Format and Guidelines for submission of proposals under TSDP:
- Format for submission of the proposal for support under TSDP.732.53 KB
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- Terms & Conditions of the grant under TSDP194.06 KB.
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For more information Contact :
Dr. Neeraj Sharma
Scientist G & Head (TDT)
Department of Science and Technology
New Delhi-110 016
Telefax : 011-26964781
Email: - neerajs[at]nic[dot]in
Shri Sajid Mubashir
Department of Science and Technology
New Delhi-110 016
Email: - sajid[at]nic[dot]in