Institutional Capacity Building Programmes

R&D Infrastructure Division

The R&D Infrastructure Division of the Department aims to strengthen the S&T infrastructure of the country by fostering well-equipped R&D labs in the academic/ research institutes/ universities as well as a strong culture of research collaboration between institutions and across disciplines. It has six schemes the objectives of which, at large, are establishment of R&D labs, Training, upgradation of research facilities orienting towards creating a self- reliant India.

FIST (Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions): This scheme is operated in competitive mode of support at four levels. The financial support circumscribes six basic purposes i.e. Equipment, Infrastructural Facilities, Networking & Computational Facilities, Industrial R&D Support, SSR Activities and Maintenance. Depending on the level, the total financial support is limited to Rs. 1.50 Crore (Level A), Rs. 3.0 Crore (Level B), Rs.5.0 Crore (Level C) and Rs.10.0 Crore (Level D).The program prefers to focus towards supporting interdisciplinary problems, solution-centric and translational research, and increasing the scope for participation of industries and start-ups and new ideas, aiming towards AatmaNirbhar Bharat’

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PURSE (Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence): The main objective of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of performing Indian Universities and provide support for nurturing the research ecosystem and strengthening the R&D base of the Universities in the country. Department of Science & Technology has restructured and re-oriented PURSE in the year 2020.  A combination of i10-index of faculty members in the University, H-index of the University along with NIRF Ranking is used to formulate the new criteria for selection of Universities under PURSE.

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SAIF (Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities) The SAIF scheme is being implemented regionally with the objective to provide facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to the research workers in general and especially from the institutions which do not have such instruments to enable them to pursue R&D activities. This enables the institutions acquiring such facilities to keep pace with development taking place globally.

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SATHI (Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes): This scheme initiates the setting up of shared, professionally managed Science &Technology Infrastructure facility readily accessible to academia, start-ups, manufacturing units, industries and R&D Labs. SATHI Centres will be equipped with major analytical instrument and advanced manufacturing facility, which is usually not available at Institutes/ Organisations. The aim is to provide professionally managed services with efficiency, accessibility and transparency of highest order under one roof to service the demands of industry, start-ups and academia.

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STUTI (Synergistic Training program Utilizing the Scientific and Technological Infrastructure): The program has been designed to cater to human resource and its capacity building through open access to S&T Infrastructure across the country by organizing short term courses/ workshops on the awareness, use and application of various instruments and analytical techniques. Visit for more detailed and up-to-date information on current and future events being organized under the program.

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(SUPREME) Support for Up-gradation Preventive Repair & Maintenance of Equipment

Department of Science & Technology launched the new Program in the year 2023 called “SUPREME” to provide financial support for repair/ upgradation/ maintenance/ retrofitting or acquiring additional attachment to increase functional capabilities of existing analytical instrumentation facilities (AIFs) supported by DST in various Institutions/laboratories/academic institutions.

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For more information contact:

Dr Pratishtha Pandey

Scientist 'G'/ Head
R&D Infrastructure Division
Department of Science & Technology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016
Tel: 011-26590452