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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is mandated to generate, disseminate and transfer knowledge ensuring its effective utilization for the greater benefit of the people of Sri Lanka. The R & D grant schemes seek to foster the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to conduct cutting-edge research and development projects that are of relevance to Sri Lanka and society.

The NSF is calling applications for R & D grants under the following high-priority areas that ensure socioeconomic development of Sri Lanka:

  1. Eco-friendly Agriculture
  2. Food Quality and Safety
  3. Post-harvest Management
  4. Health and Indigenous Medicine
  5. Climate Change
  6. Disaster Management
  7. Waste Management
  8. Water Security
  9. Energy Security
  10. Value addition to Natural Resources
  11. Community Development and Social Innovations
  12. Biomedical Innovations
  13. Applications of Industry 4.0
  14. Biotechnology


  • To encourage researchers to utilize their knowledge for the benefit of society
  • To facilitate researchers with postgraduate qualifications to enhance their career prospects
  • To facilitate science/engineering graduates to pursue postgraduate research degrees
  • To strengthen the infrastructure facilities for research


  • The Applicant/Principal Investigator should have a postgraduate research degree (PhD, MPhil) and publications/patents in the relevant area.    Applicants with MSc, MD or MS qualifications should have a minimum of one-year research component in the course and publications/patents in the relevant area. Co-Investigators should have postgraduate qualifications orand research experience as evidenced by publications/patents.
  • For first time applicants to the NSF, the upper limit of funds will be Rs. 2 M per project excluding allocations for Research Personnel. The grants duration will be 02 years.
  • Full-time Research Students can be allocated only for Principal Investigators with a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Full-time Research Scientists can be allocated only for Principal Investigators with adequate research experience, as determined by the NSF. 



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