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Competitive Research Grants

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These grants are expected to facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research for socio economic development of the country while promoting capacity building of S & T personnel. It will also provide assistance to supplement the financial, physical and manpower resources available for scientific research in the scientists' own institutions.

DISCIPLINES:

NSF will be awarding Competitive Research Grants to undertake research in the following disciplines:

•     Agriculture and Food Science                             •     Indigenous Knowledge   

•     Basic Science                                                      •     Library & Information Science

•     Biotechnology                                                      •     Oceanography & Marine Resources

•     Engineering Sciences, Architecture &                 •     Science Education

      Information Communication Technology               •     Social Sciences                 

•    Environment & Biodiversity                                   •     Science & Technology Policy  Studies

•    Health Sciences 

AIMS:

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

WHO CAN APPLY:

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 minimum of one year research component in the course and publications/patents in the relevant area. Co-Investigators should have postgraduate qualifications or research experience as evident by publications/patents.

• For first time applicants to the NSF, the upper limit of funds will be Rs. 1.5m 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 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications are entertained throughout the year and evaluated quarterly.

PERFORMANCE OF THE CRG SCHEME:

The following graph gives an analysis of basic/applied research grants awarded from 2005 – 2015.
No. of grants awarded in 2006 -2016

The postgraduate degrees completed through the research grants during the same period are as follows:

No. of postgraduate degrees completed in 2006 -2016

BENEFITS OF BEING NSF GRANT RECIPIENTS:

As a NSF Grant Recipient, you will get benefits on the following schemes:
• Further NSF Research Grants
• Technology Grants
• Research Equipment & Spare parts grants
• Travel grants
• Overseas Short term Training Programme
• NSF Research Awards
• Facilities available under Science & Technology Management Information System

 

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