Upcoming Grants and Awards 

Financial assistance for Indian scientists to carry out experiments at International synchrotron Radiation Facilities and Neutron Facilities for materials science research

Application are invited from Scientists working in Academic institutions and S&T institutions in the country for financial support to avail the use of internationally established Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron scattering facilities for materials science research


The Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research

The scheme is for supporting aspiring PhD scholars with double scholarship (up to Rs. 6 lakh per annum), 50% of which will be provided by government and balance 50% by a sponsoring industry, for doing research for four years and the research fellow will receive PhD degree by doing this industrial research. 

Deadline: A candidate can register on the portal of PM Fellowship if she/he has been enrolled / admitted for PhD in last 14 months from the date of submission of applications


Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists)

The Scheme provides Opportunities to Young Scientists (below 35 years) for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas. The Start-up research grant is a structured scheme to reap the benefit of research potentials of young minds for speeding up the processes and enhance the relative position of the Indian R&D system in global competitiveness.

Deadline: Can be submitted at any time of the year.


The BERI Early Career Award

The BioEngineering Research Initiative (BERI) is conceived as a platform to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions between biologists, physicists, engineers, material scientists and medical doctors. The structure of the collaboration revolves around a core group of faculty who facilitate interactions with colleagues in other research and academic institutions. The BERI early career awards comprise postdoctoral positions, under existing research programs in the Bangalore Bio Cluster. Applicants are expected to work alongside the lab members, while bringing in expertise in bio-engineering.

Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the year.


Call for the proposals on CO2 Sequestration Research

Department of Science & Technology (DST) under its Inter–Sectoral Science & Technology Division (IS-STAC) had initiated a National Programme on CO2 Sequestration Research. In this context proposals are invited from recognized public institutions for consideration of support.

Deadline: Submitted throughtout the year


Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)

The 'Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)' of the Department of Science and Technology is aimed to provide opportunities to women scientists and technologists for pursuing research in basic or applied sciences in frontier areas of science and engineering.

Deadline: The Scheme is open throughout the year. Therefore, there is no last date of application.


Senior and Intermediate Fellowships in Biomedical Research

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance announces the launch of Senior and Intermediate fellowship for next competition.Senior Fellowships are for researchers with a proven track record of leading an independent research group to establish or expand their research programme in India. For applicants with 7-15 years of post-PhD research experience. Intermediate Fellowships are for postdoctoral researchers who want to establish an independent research career in India. For applicants with 4-7 years of post-PhD research experience.

Preliminary applications deadline: 13 August, 2015


Inspire faculty Scheme

A componenet of "Assured Opprtunity for Research Career (AORC)" under INSPIRE
INSPIRE Faculty Scheme opens up an “Assured Opportunity for Research Career (AORC)” for young researchers in the age group of 27-32 years. It offers a contractual research awards to young
achievers and opportunity for independent research in the near term and emerge as a future leader in the long term.


Deadline: 21 August 2015 for Direct Mode and Nomination Mode and 30 November 2015 for Institution mode

The Campus Fellows Program

The Campus Fellows Program is targeted at postdoctoral scientists of exceptional talent, and provides them broad independence and support to carry out their research in a host laboratory at NCBS or inStem. Fellows are expected to drive new research directions in their host laboratories, and to establish themselves as independent scientists.

Deadline: 30 August 2015


Visiting Fellowships Programme 2015-2016, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore

To foster collaborations with the Centre's faculty and to provide research opportunities, the centre offers this fellowship to research scientists working in educational institutions and R&D laboratories in India

Deadline: 31 August 2015


Call for proposals in the area of "Waste Management"

Proposal are invited from academic institutions and R&D organizations preferably with industry participation in order to establish the techno-economic feasibility of the proposed methodologies for the development of appropriate technologies/
combination of technologies, which can be adopted in the small and medium scale enterprises in order to improve their productivity and global competitiveness. Participation of an existing/new start-up as industry partner would be preferred.

Deadline: 31 August, 2015


India-Japan cooperative science programme (IJCSP), call for proposals-2015

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science &
Technology. Government of India, New Delhi and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) conduct the India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme (IJCSP) to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Japanese scientists.
Applications are invited from eligible Indian researchers /scientists to submit proposals for joint projects and joint workshops under IJCSP.

Deadline: 8 September, 2015


Globalink Research Internship

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Vietnam. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Deadline: September 24, 2015, at 4 p.m. PDT for travel to Canada starting in May 2016.


Bilateral Scientific and Technological cooperation between the republic of India and the republic of Brazil in the area of Biotechnology- Joint Call for proposals ( 2016-19)

The Indian Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) and Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) invite Indian and Brazilian Universities, Research Centres, Institutions and Industries to submit joint proposals for scientific and technological R&D translational projects in the area of Biotechnology

Deadline: 30 September 2015


Collaborative Research Programme

CEFIPRA supports high quality research groups through collaborative research projects in advanced areas of basic and applied science to nurture scientific competency.


Deadline: 1 October 2015

Travel Support for attending International Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium

The department of biotechnology (DBT) will consider proposals under the Travel Support Scheme for financial assistance to scientists/ researchers involved in Biotechnology for presenting their research papers in international conferences/ Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops which are being held outside India relevant to the areas of interest and the projects/ programmes of the Department.

Deadline: 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the event.


Travel Grant, Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust

Travel grants are provided to the students proceeding for post-graduate and doctoral studies and for professionals proceeding for their mid-career programmes or to attend relevant and meaningful seminars and conferences abroad.

Deadline: Three / four months prior to their departure, after finalising the university.


Call for proposals under Big Data Initiatives (BDI) programme

Department of Science & Technology (DST) has recently initiated a new programme to promote Big Data Science, Technology and Applications.

Deadline: open throughout the year.


About Grants in India:

As anywhere in the world, majority of the funding for research in India comes through the government. Much of the funding for life science research is channeled through the Central Government’s Department of Science and Technology-DST and the Department of Biotechnology-DBT. Both DBT as well as DST, have various extramural funding schemes. Other agencies that fund extramural grants include Department of scientific and Industrial research- DSIR, Department of Atomic Energy- DAE, Department of Ocean Development and Earth Sciences and Department of space – to name a few. Apart from these, life science sectors are also funded by Department of Agriculture through the Indian Council for Agricultural Research - ICAR and the Indian Council for Medical Research that falls under the auspices of Department of Health Research.

Many of the funding bodies including DST and DBT, have autonomous research institutes/universities under their umbrella. These institutions receive their core funding through one of the agencies. Each also routes core/intramural funding towards autonomous institutions that fall under the umbrella of a particular agency. For example the IISERs are all MHRD institutions while the NISERs are DAE funded. Similarly ICAR, ICMR and CSIR fund over 20 institutions each all around India. Apart from funding research, the agencies also award small grants for Symposia and workshops. They also award travel grants for attending conferences.

Here, our attempt has been to give you an overview of the way Government research funds are channeled in India. Hopefully, this will help you approach the appropriate agency for grants/funds for your research project.

  1. DBT: http://dbtindia.nic.in/index.asp

    Life science research (any area), though plant tissue
    Culture, grafting, breeding etc might fall under ICAR

  2. DST: http://www.dst.gov.in/

    Any branch of science

  1. ICMR: http://www.icmr.nic.in/

    Biomedical research

  1. CSIR: http://rdpp.csir.res.in/csir_acsir/Home.aspx

    Through Human Resource development group (HRDG), it funds various extramural grants with focus on scientific applications

  2. ICAR: http://www.icar.org.in/

    Plant, animal science, horticulture based research areas

  3. MoES: http://dod.nic.in/

    Ministry of Earth Sciences
    – funds research in marine biology, oceanography, geophysics among others

  4. MoEF: http://moef.nic.in/index.php

    Ministry of Environment and Forests

    Extramural funding for ecology projects, including conservation, environmental impact studies, taxonomy, and wildlife management


This section has information on the fellowships and other funding schemes that can be availed of by researchers in India.
We thank the Research and Development office (RDO), NCBS for much of the information within this section.

IndiaBioscience receives and does not edit information on job postings. It is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided.


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