Mega Facilities for Basic Research

This programme is aimed to create Mega Science facilities and launch Mega Science projects in and out of the country to improve access to such state-of-the-art facilities for the Indian scientific community, especially from the academic sector. Because of technical complexities and requirement of large resources, such projects are manifestly multi-agency, multi-institutional and, quite often, international in character. The Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have been jointly promoting most of such projects in the country. Both DST and DAE have a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint funding, implementation and monitoring of such projects. The details of some important initiatives under this programme are appended below.

Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), Darmstadt, Germany

FAIR is an upcoming international accelerator facility at Darmstadt, Germany which will deliver beams for research in nuclear physics, hadron physics, high energy heavy ion collisions, atomic and plasma physics. India is a Founder-Member country for this project. As part of India’s in-kind contributions, India has to supply sophisticated items like power converters, vacuum chambers, beam stoppers, superconducting magnets and advanced detector systems. Indian scientists and engineers from different R&D labs and industries are engaged in designing, developing, prototyping and supply of these items having stringent technical specifications as per international standards. Bose Institute, Kolkata is the nodal institution at the national level for implementation of the FAIR project. India FAIR Coordination Centre (IFCC) is an outfit in Bose Institute, Kolkata which manages the implementation of FAIR project.

Contact Person: Dr. Subhasis Chattopadhyay, Programme Director.

E-mail: sub[at]vecc[dot]gov[dot]in

Job Opportunities at FAIR, Germany for Senior Controller[PDF]78.66 KB Last date is 25th September 2020

Business Opportunities at FAIR, Germany for Supply of Sputter Ion Pumps

FAIR is an upcoming Mega Facility in Germany which is under construction and expected be ready by 2025. India is a Founder-Partner in this project. FAIR project need various components, materials etc. for which Tenders are floated from time to time. GAIR has floated a Tender for supply of Sputter Ion Pumps for vacuum systems of FAIR and GSI. Technical specifications of the same along with procedure to be followed are given in attached documents. This is a Business Opportunity for the Indian Industries. Interested Indian Industries are welcomed to go through the Tender Document and bid for it.

Detailed Specification[PDF]949.58 KB         Instructions [PDF]328.37 KB          Last date is 13th August 2020

Web link (Business Opportunities):

Open Tender at FAIR (Deadline: 05 March 2020)[PDF]214.52 KB

Web link (Career Opportunities):

Workshop on Neutrino Physics: Theory and Experiment[PDF]938 KB

Indian Participation in Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva

Indian scientists and research students are continuing their participation in Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) and activities related to the LHC Computing Grid and associated work in the country.

Contact Person/s: Dr. Brajesh Chandra Choudhury, India-CMS Spokesperson.

E-mail: brajesh[at]fnal[dot]gov

Dr. Subhasis Chattopadhyay, India-ALICE Spokesperson.

E-mail: sub[at]vecc[dot]gov[dot]in

India’s Associate Membership of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva.

India became Associate Member State of CERN on 16.01.2017. With this, Indian researchers are eligible to seekcontract positions at CERN. Also, Indian Companies are eligible to participate in tenders and seek contracts/orders from CERN. An Industrial Liaison Officer (ILO) has been appointed to coordinate these activities.

Contact Person: Dr. Suman Sarkar, ILO-CERN

E-mail: ssarkar[at]barc[dot]gov[dot]in

Web link:

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Web link for Career Opportunities at CERN:

Indian Participation in Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) Project

TMT is an international project which aims at building a 30-metre diameter telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA at an estimated cost of 1.47 billion USD (Base year 2012 USD) involving an international consortium of scientific organizations and institutions in Canada, China, India, Japan and USA. India is a Founder-Member country for this project at about 10% level. Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru is the nodal institution from the country for implementation of the project. India’s in-kind contributions towards the project include Hardware (Segment Support Assemblies, Actuators, Edge Sensors, Segment Polishing and Segment Coating), Instrumentation (First Light Instruments) and Software (Observatory Software and Telescope Control Systems).

Contact Person: Dr. B. Eswar Reddy, Programme Director.

E-mail: ereddy[at]iiap[dot]res[dot]in

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Web link for Business Opportunities at TMT:

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Utilization of Twin Indian Beamlines, XRD2 (for Macromolecular Crystallography) and XPRESS (for High Pressure Physics research) at the Elettra Sinchrotrone, Trieste, Italy.

Twin Indian beamlines, XRD2 and XPRESS was established at Elettra Sinchrotrone, Trieste, Italy. These beamlines are available for Indian users for scientific experiments and research utilizing diffraction techniques.

Contact Person: Prof. D.D. Sarma, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

E-mail: sarma[at]iisc[dot]ac[dot]in

Low Energy Ion Beam Facility at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

A 200 KV ion beam facility was established at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. This facility is available for users for scientific experiments.

Contact Person: Prof. Sanjeev Aggarwal, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

E-mail: write2sa[at]gmail[dot]com

High-Fluence Ion Beam Facility at University of Allahabad, Prayagraj

A 300 KV high fluence ion beam facility was established at University of Allahabad, Prayagraj. This facility is available for users for scientific experiments.

Contact Person: Prof. Avinash C. Pandey, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj

E-mail: dr[dot]avinashcpandey[at]gmail[dot]com


Organisation of sensitisation meetings/training programmes of IAs by SPMUs in implementation of EAT module of PFMS.[PDF]0 bytes

Projects supported under Mega Science Programme from 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017.[PDF]93.19 KB

Projects supported under Mega Science Programme from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2019.[PDF]75.61 KB

Guidelines and Formats for Implementation of Research Projects

  1. Format Endorsement and Certificate from PI[PDF]65.58 KB
  2. Format for RTGS[PDF]45.3 KB
  3. Format Cost details of permanent assets[PDF]56.33 KB
  4. Formats Statement of Expenditure[PDF]138.38 KB
  5. Formats Utilization Certiificate GFR 12 A[PDF]125.72 KB
  6. Format Progress Report[PDF]64.5 KB
  7. Format Progress Report CERN projects[PDF]74.07 KB
  8. Format Human Resource involved in the Project[PDF]50.01 KB
  9. Format Undertaking[PDF]71.83 KB
  10. Format Bond[PDF]62.07 KB
  11. Format Request for Extension[PDF]60.25 KB
  12. Format Final Statement of Expenditure[PDF]152.86 KB
  13. Format Project Completion Report[PDF]76.65 KB
  14. Conditions attached to the Grant [PDF]90.43 KB

Instructions for Investigators & Grantee Institutions

Manpower Norms

For further details about this programme, please contact:

Dr Praveer Asthana
Head, Mega Science Division
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016.
Tel: 011-26520680
Email: pasthana[at]nic[dot]in

Shri Gaurav Aggarwal
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016.
Tel: 011-26590654
Email: gaurav[dot]dst[at]nic[dot]in

Dr. D.V. Phani Kumar
Scientist D
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016.
Tel: 011-26590636
Email: phani[dot]dv[at]gov[dot]in