RKVY is introduced as a new Additional Central Assistance scheme to incentivise States to draw up plans for their agriculture sector more comprehensively, taking agro-climatic conditions, natural resource issues and technology into account, and integrating livestock, poultry and fisheries more fully.
Department of Science & Technology (DST) was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The Department has major responsibilities for specific projects and programmes as listed below.
Science and Engineering Research Council
The Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) was established in 1974 and is an apex body through which the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India promotes R&D programmes in newly emerging and challenging areas of science and engineering. SERC is composed of eminent scientists, technologists drawn from various universities/national laboratories and Industry. This Council is assisted by Programme Advisory Committees (PACs) in various disciplines of Science & Engineering. It’s Objectives are to promote research in newly emerging 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 institutions; to encourage young scientists to take up challenging R&D activities; to give special encouragement to projects from relatively small and less endowed University Departments and Institutions; to encourage patenting facilities to scientists and technologists in the country for Indian and foreign patents on a sustained basis. For more details/ formats and guidelines on the SERC and related programmes, please visit our website www.serc-dst.org
Mission on Nano Science and Technology (Nano Mission)
Building upon the promotional activities carried out as part of the Nano Science and Technology Initiative (NSTI) in the highly promising and competitive area of Nano Science and Technology, the Government of India launched a Mission on Nano Science and Technology (Nano Mission) in May 2007. An allocation of Rs. 1000 crore for 5 years has been made. The Department of Science and Technology is the nodal agency for implementing the Nano Mission. For further details about DST’s activities in Nano Science and Technology and the Nano Mission, please visit the Nano Mission website http://nanomission.gov.in
J. C. Bose National Fellowships
Nominations are invited for the JC Bose National Fellowships, newly instituted by the Government of India. The fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists and engineers for their outstanding performance and contributions. The Department of Science & Technology will administer this scheme. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective.
Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIFs)
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is providing facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to researchers through its Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF) Programme so that the non-availability of these instruments in their institutes may not come in the way of scientists in pursuing R&D activities requiring such facilities and they are able to keep pace with developments taking place globally. Thirteen Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIFs) which provide sophisticated analytical instruments to users are functioning 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, Gujarat and STIC, Cochin. The instruments available at the SAIFs include SEM, TEM, EPMA, Mass, ICP, NMR, EPR Spectrometers, XRD, Thermal Analysis Systems, Gel Permeation Chromatograph, Mercury Porosimeter and accessories such as Graphite Furnace and Hydride Generator.
About 8,000 scientists/users are utilizing the facilities at the SAIFs annually. The SAIFs regularly organize short term courses/training programmes on use and application of various instruments and analytical techniques to create awareness among the users about them and on maintenance/repair/operation of instruments for technicians. Click Here for Addresses and Other Details about the SAIFs
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.
Drugs & Pharmaceutical Research
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. Special Features of this scheme includes collaborataive R&D Projects that supports research in all systems of medicines including setting up of facilities, joint research projects of industry and institution, normally 50 : 50 sharing of financial requirements between industry and institution. Research undertaken by industry is funded 100% by industry whereas institution share is supported jointly by government and industry. Capital expenditure: 100% by government, recurring expenditure: 70% by government and 30% by industry. DSIR recognition is desirable. For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/td-drugs.htm
Good Laboratory Practice Authority
A number of countries require manufacturers of industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, pesticides, cosmetic products, food products, feed additives, etc., to establish through data that use of these products do not pose any hazards to human health and the environment. Non-hazardous nature needs to be established through studies and data, which will be examined by the regulatory authorities of the concerned countries. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) is a system used for achieving the above goals. GLP certification is voluntary in nature. The test facilities/laboratories have to apply in the prescribed application form. After the application for GLP certification is received, a pre-inspection of the laboratory is carried out by the GLP inspectors, followed by a final inspection. The report, prepared by the inspection team, is put to the Technical Committee for recommendation to Chairman, National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority. GLP Certification is valid for a period of three years and the GLP Secretariat organizes annual surveillance and a re-assessment during third year for maintaining the certification. Industries/test facilities/laboratories dealing with above chemicals can apply to the National GLP Compliance Monitoring Authority for obtaining GLP Certification for one or more of the following areas of expertise:
Environmental toxicity studies on aquatic and terrestrial organisms
Studies on behaviour in water, soil and air
Bio-accumulation, residue studies
Studies on effects on mesocosms and natural ecosystems
Instrumentation Development Programme
Instrumentation is one of the major areas of Science & Technology which makes a great impact on vital sectors of national activities such as education, scientific research, industry, agriculture, medicine and health etc. The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has been promoting the area of Instrumentation through its Instrumentation Development Programme (IDP). The programme focuses on strengthening indigenous capability for research, design, development and production of instruments in the country leading to fulfillment of the following objectives: -: Indigenous development and production of instruments, Continuous updating of the technology of instruments to keep pace with technology improvements taking place globally, and Innovations in the area of instrumentation. For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/t-d-idp.htm
Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS)
an S&T programme of the Government of India has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology(DST) to catalyse the evolution of methodologies and techniques for formulating development strategies. In a scenario of large diversity of data sets, data users and data generating agencies, the Programme aims at developing and demonstrating the use of spatial decision support tools for integrated planning and management of resources at the local level. For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/s-t_nrdms.htm
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)
India is fast moving into being an information and knowledge society – especially with the emphasis on Information Technology and “transparent” e-governance. The next decade will see further large-scale investment in communications technology as India moves to exploit the full potential of the information age. Recent initiatives by the Government, including the IT Act, as well as announced plans for private and public investment, make it clear that within a few years an unprecedented capability will exist for sharing of data along “electronic superhighways.” Amongst the variety of datasets that would be involved, spatial (or map) information will be a major “content”. These Spatial information sets are vital to make sound decisions at the local, regional, state and central level planning, implementation of action plans, infrastructure development, disaster management support, and business development. Natural Resources management, flood mitigation, environmental restoration, land use assessments and disaster recovery are just a few examples of areas in which decisionmakers are benefiting from spatial information. For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/s-t_nsdi.htm
Climate Change Programme
The Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating two out of eight national missions launched under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). These are: National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC). For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/td-climate.htm
Life Sciences Research Board of DRDO is striving to enhance health and efficiency of the soldiers operating under different harsh environmental conditions including high altitude, extreme cold, desert and micro environment of different operating systems. The major thrust areas of LSRB are life support system and biomedical technologies for air, land and sea operations, military psychology, cognitive engineering, personnel selection, human adaptation to extreme environments, ergonomics and human factors/engineering for equipment development and man machine interface, nutrition, radioprotection, stress management, combat fatigue, bio-defence against human, animal and plant pathogens, specialized food technologies, vector and malaria control, biotechnology and high altitude agro animal technologies, nuclear, biological and chemical detection, protection and decontamination. Additional information on Life Sciences research and development related activities of DRDO can be accessed from the website: www.drdo.gov.in/Life Science Research Board.
Several announcements are regularly made for inviting research proposals by DBT under various programs including those designed with international collaboration. For more details and latest announcements visit http://dbtindia.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?id_pk=60
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) supports extramural research and development activities in nuclear and allied sciences, engineering and technology through its nodal funding agency - the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS). BRNS continuously thrives to encourage, enthuse and support scientists and engineers in pursuing excellence in R & D programmes of interest and relevance to DAE.
Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing a Plan Scheme for Setting up/ Up-gradation of Quality Control/ Food Testing Laboratory/ R &D and Promotional Activity.
The Ministry supports by way of funding appropriate and relevant R&D proposals for strengthening the R&D base and promote innovation of new technologies/ products/ processes, standards to compete in the global food trade. In terms of focus, the R & D efforts are aimed at reduction of wastage & spoilage of food and food products, development of technologies & methods for preservation of food products, identification of new eco-friendly & better packaging material, development & standardization of packaging technologies for food products, fortification of staple food items to improve nutritional quality, change & diversification in food habits, preferences and improvement in consumer perception towards Food Safety, designing/ building of proto-type equipments, standardization of the processing of preparation/ handling/ packaging/ storage/ transport/ distribution with emphasis on food safety. It is expected to benefit all stakeholders including domestic industry, the consumers, the exporters, entrepreneurs, micro, small and medium enterprises, existing academic & research institutions, food-testing laboratories, food standards setting bodies and Government.
Under this component, Central / State Government organization / IITs/ Universities etc. are supported by way of financial assistance to the extent of 100% of the equipment cost / consumables / JRF / SRF.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has evolved a programme through which financial support is provided for conducting research and development activities related to Space Science, Space Technology and Space Application to academia in India. This programme of Research Sponsored by ISRO is called RESPOND. In special cases research and development projects proposed by non-academic R & D laboratories can also be supported through this programme. The aim of RESPOND is to encourage quality research in areas of relevance to the Indian space programme. With respect to veterinary science the relevant areas identified under RESPOND are Space Application : Remote sensing of the earth’s resources: space communication; satellite geodesy image processing, satellite meteorology including weather forecasting, Space Education and Ecology.
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes.
Funding for research proposals under following thrust areas
Development of strategies/technologies for prevention and/or control of pollution including waste recycling, management of hazardous substances; development of biodegradable plastics/eco-friendly alternatives and Instrumentation Development; Development of biological and other interventions for pollution prevention and control; Clean Technologies: Greening of products and processes; Restoration of degraded ecosystems, bioremediation of contaminated sites and water; Studies on conservation and enhancement of biological diversity including rare, endangered, threatened, endemic, economically and ecologically important taxa; Studies related to different ecosystems, their conservation and management; Application of Remote sensing and GIS for accurate inventory of natural resources and environmental planning; Research on Climate Change; Environmental Health and toxicology; Research on Land-cover, Land-use and forestry Changes; Studies on impacts of developmental activities on the environment and ecology; Conservation, Enhancement and Utilization of Forests and their resources Research on Socio-economic issues of environment including legal and policy frameworks.
The Ministry has been supporting Research, Design & Development (RD&D) in new and renewable energy since 1982. Considering that the market would largely drive the renewable energy sector, a scheme has been evolved for associating and supporting RD&D carried out by industry. This scheme provides guidelines for project identification, formulation appraisal, approval and financial support.
National Fund for Basic, Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture (NFBSFARA)- (http://www.icar.org.in/nfbsfara/index.html) The Indian National Agricultural Research System (NARS) has to find solutions to the immediate problems of farming as well as keep its competence in technology development in the forefront to meet all continuously emerging anticipated and unanticipated problems. For this continuous strengthening of basic and strategic research and, applied research in the frontier areas of agricultural sciences is required. Fully realising this need, the Government of India decided to establish a national fund for supporting basic and strategic research under the ICAR with the objective to build capacity for basic and strategic research of national and long-term importance to break yield and quality barriers and make India a global leader in research for development, through the partnership of all research organizations who can contribute towards this objective.
The Fund strongly encourages collaborative and multi-institutional research based on innovative ideas of scientists for solving advanced scientific and technological problems in agriculture. Scientists from all research institutions universities and private sector with proven research capacity and located in India are eligible to participate.
ICMR sponsored Adhoc Research Schemes 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 researchare considered for ICMR support. 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. For information visit http://icmr.nic.in/ad-hoc.htm Financial support is provided by the Council in all areas related to health and biomedical sciences. For latest thrust areas & format/guidelines refer to ICMR website http://www.icmr.nic.in/thrust/thrust.htm
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) provides financial assistance to promote research work in the fields of Science & Technology, including Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine. The assistance is provided by way of grants to Professors/Experts in regular employment, in the universities, IITs, post-graduate institutions, recognised R&D laboratories both in public and private sectors. Research proposals of applied nature as well as those falling under basic sciences which attempt to solve specific problems being pursued by CSIR laboratories, or in newer and complementary fields, are considered for CSIR support. Priority is given to multi-disciplinary projects which involve inter-organisational co-operation (including that of CSIR laboratories). However, preference is given to schemes which have relevance to research programmes of CSIR laboratories. For more details visit http://csirhrdg.res.in/Res_grants.htm
It is an autonomous body, a registered society, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Council was constituted to advise the State Govt. on policies and measures for promoting Science & Technology (S&T) in the State and to implement the policies & plans of the State Govt. more effectively and to utilize the funds received from various Central & State Govt. Agencies.
Grant-in-aid to research & development projects The main aim of Research & Development Scheme is to improve the quality of life of the people of the State, to develop new/improve existing technology, to enhance the general capability of scientists and to encourage young scientists for pursuing innovative research ideas which are having direct relevance to the benefit of the State.
APEDA provide 100% financial assistance for technology development through R & D efforts with research institution under Government/Public Sector. Also 75% financial assistance is provided to state government for upgradation and recognition of labs for export testing.
The UGC has the unique distinction of being the only grant-giving agency in the country which has been vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education.
The Science & Technology International Cooperation Division deals with the International Scientific and Technological Affairs including the negotiations and implementation of Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreements and responsibility for scientific and technological aspects of activities of international organizations. The co-operations 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 Division operates in close cooperation with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian missions abroad, Foreign missions in India and UN 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 following countries/groupings. For more details and latest announcements visit http://www.stic-dst.org/
The IFS Programme aims to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. In particular, to enable young scientists to contribute to a global research community that is aiming to reduce poverty and supporting sustainable development.
The primary focus remains the promotion of excellent science through early-career research grants and capability enhancing support to individual researchers in developing countries.
Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships
The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.
Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships
The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months.
Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to twenty-four months.
The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) assists Australian researchers from both the public and private sectors to participate in leading edge scientific research projects and workshops with Indian scientists and supports the development of strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers. The AISRF is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research with any country and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science.
The emphasis of the fund is on providing support for collaborative research projects and workshops so eligible Australian applicants must have an eligible Indian partner to apply. Funding is provided to support a number of activities including visits to India by Australian researchers, salaries for research assistants and PhD students and workshop costs.
Competitive funding is available under three current AISRF components for collaborative projects and workshops covering a range of science and research priority areas.
The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States - India Science & Technology Endowment Fund for promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and techno-preneurship through the application of science and technology. The aim of the Fund is to support and foster joint applied R&D togenerate public good through commercialization of technology achieved through sustained partnerships between US and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs. Objectives are to select and support through a grants program financially promising joint US-India entrepreneurial initiatives. These initiatives can originate from government, academic, non-governmental or commercial entities, and any combination thereof provided they focus on applied R&D, incorporate a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and have significant sustainable commercial potential. For more details visit http://www.indousstf.org/US-India-Endowment-Board1.html
Fellowship are available for experienced researchers. Research proposal should be selected by applicant and carried out in chosen host lab in Germany. Fellowship amount is 2,450 EUR per month includes mobility allowance and medical and liability insurance. Independent PI (Assistant Professor/ Junior Research GL) with < 12 years experience are eligible.
Commonwealth Academic Fellowships support mid-career academics from developing countries to spend three months at a UK university. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The goal of Stanford-India Biodesign is to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India. This is facilitated through a fellowship, internships and events.
This highly competitive program is directed towards Indian citizens who have an interest in the invention and early-stage development of new medical technologies (medical devices). Successful applicants will have advanced degrees and/or significant work experience. University faculties are strongly encouraged to apply.
TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged.
Established in 1975, TDR is based at and executed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO. Building on our 35 year history, TDR supports innovative research on neglected priority needs for disease control. Goal is to support research in the countries where the diseases are prevalent. Research focus is directed to innovations that develops innovative new products, tools and strategies, evaluates interventions in real-life settings and increases access to interventions.
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms. Key elements of HFSP’s mission are: Support for innovative, cutting edge research at the frontiers of the life sciences; Encouragement of high risk research; Promotion of international collaboration in the spirit of science without borders; Support for financial and intellectual independence for early career researchers.
Selection of awards is made by high level, expert international review committees. Research Grants enable scientists from different countries to collaborate on focused innovative projects that are expected to open new fields of investigation. Interdisciplinary collaborations are especially encouraged. Postdoctoral fellowships enable the most talented early career scientists, trained in the life sciences or in the physical sciences, to extend their scientific repertoire in laboratories abroad. Former HFSP Fellows who return to their home country or move to a third HFSP member country can apply for a Career Development Award to support their transition to independence.
Utilization of the Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS) The Department during the seventh five-year plan introduced the scheme Utilisation of the Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists (USERS). The main objective of the scheme is to utilise expertise and potential of large number of eminent scientists in the country who remain active and deeply motivated to participate in S&T development activities even after their retirement. The scheme has continued to play a significant role in involving a large number of retired scientists in S&T developmental activities. The main activity under the programme is preparation of books/monographs/state-of-the-art reports. Annually, about 25 retired scientists are supported. The project duration is normally for two years and the Scientists awarded in this scheme are given an honorarium. For more details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/ser-users.htm
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) under the Emeritus Scientist(ES) scheme provides financial assistance tosuperannuated outstanding scientists to pursue research in their respective fields of specializations especially in those which are of relevance to the programmes and activities of CSIR. A scientist who is an acknowledged expert in the field of his specialisation and has been actively engaged in scientific research during the preceding five years of superannuation will be eligible for grants under this scheme. The quality of publications of the scientist including those during the last 5 years prior to his retirement and the honours and awards received by him will be the important criteria for selection under the scheme. The grant consists of (i) honorarium of Rs.20,000/- p.m. to the Emeritus Scientist (ES) for the duration of his/her tenure, (ii) suitable contingent grant per annum, and (iii)technical assistance in the form of research fellows/associates. For more details visit http://es.csirhrdg.res.in/
Swarnajayanti Fellowships Govt. of India had instituted this Fellowship to commemorate India’s fiftieth year of Independence. Under this scheme a selected number of young scientists, with proven track record, are provided special assistance and support to enable them to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology. The fellowships are scientist specific and not institution specific, very selective and have close academic monitoring. For More details visit http://www.dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/ser-hr-deve-swarnajayanti.htm
Fast Track Scheme For Young Scientists (FAST) It is initiated in the year 2000 and is aimed at providing quick research support to young scientists to purse their bright ideas in newly emerging and front line areas of research in science and engineering. This is also to encourage S&T institutions, professional bodies and other agencies including State S&T Councils to develop S&T programmes involving young scientist. The Department implemented a policy change and opened up submission of proposals under the FAST Track Scheme for Young Scientists. Now, Young Scientists can submit proposals anytime of the year, subject to eligibility.
Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology (BOYSCAST) The scheme provides opportunities to Young Indian Scientists and Technologies (up to the age of 35 years), to interact with international scientist community and institutions and to participate in research and training activities in frontline areas of science and technology. The duration of the Fellowship is 3-12 months. Annually, on an average, about 40 young scientists are awarded this fellowship in various areas, such as plant-microbe interactions; plant genetic resources; agricultural ecology; biodiversity and conservation biology; transplant biology; industrial microbiology; semiconductor physics; mathematical science; electronic material and processing; earth and atmospheric science; palaeoclimatology; organometallics; supramolecular chemistry; manufacturing engineering; computer and information science, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. The selected young scientist are also encouraged to attend scientific conferences and visit other institutions in the host country. Candidates selected under this scheme are expected to further generate and spread their expertise at the S&T laboratories/ Institutes across the nation.
Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) programme(not for permanent employees) "Innovation of Science Pursuit for Inspire Research (INSPIRE)" is one such innovative programs proposed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to science. The basic objective of INSPIRE would be to communicate to the youth population of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science and attract talent to the study of science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R&D base. INSPIRE Schemes relevant to veterinarians include a) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) and b) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC). For more details, click here: www.inspire-dst.gov.in
"CSIR-Nehru Science Postdoctoral research Fellowship Scheme" has been instituted to identify promising young researchers with innovative ideas and provide them with training and research opportunities in niche areas of basic science, engineering, medicine and agriculture. The scheme aims at facilitating their transition from mentored to independent research career. CSIR intends to offer one hundred (100) such fellowships every year to promising fresh PhD holders for working in CSIR laboratories with state-of-art R&D facilities. Eligiblity: PhD degree holders within three years of award of PhD degree, or those who have submitted PhD theses. Applicants who are about to submit thesis are also eligible to apply, but their selection will be subject to the condition that they would have submitted thesis before the expiry of the validity of the award offer. Applicants should have research publications in high impact factor SCI journals. Maximum Age Limit: 32 years, relaxable upto 5 years in case of SC/ST/OBC/ Physically handicapped and women candidates. For more details and latest announcement status visit http://csirhrdg.res.in/npdf.htm
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. 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. Upper Age Limit for Senior Research Fellowship is 35 years whereas for Research Associateship it is 40 years (in case of woman candidate the upper age limit is relaxed by two years). For more details and application form visit http://icmr.nic.in/fellow.htm
HFSP supports international scientific collaborations. Research Grants are awarded for innovative research projects involving extensive collaboration among teams of independent scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines.
Two types of grants are available: Young Investigator Grants for teams where all members are within 5 years of starting their first independent position (and within 10 years of receiving a PhD) and Program Grants for teams of scientists at any stage of their careers.
ICAR has instituted International Fellowships to develop competent human resource that are trained in the identified best laboratories in the world (for Indian candidates) and similarly expose overseas candidates to the best Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs) in the ICAR-AU system for creating a pool of scientist-envoys for enhanced future co-operation.
Within the framework of the UNESCO Co-Sponsored Fellowships Scheme, a joint programme has been launched with the L’ORÉAL Corporate Foundation with a view to promoting the contribution of young women - from all over the world – in research developments in the field of life sciences.