Call for Seed Grant proposals 2019

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The Accelerator program for diseases in brain using stem cells (ADBS) invites applications for “Seed Grants” from researchers to develop proposals for studying basic biological mechanisms in brain functions in context of neuropsychiatric disorders.

ADBS seed grants are awarded to stimulate high quality research using the resources of ADBS. Grants will be provided to scientists from any institution in India (subject to DBT guidelines) who wish to use the resources of the Biorepository to understand the basic biology underlying the neuropsychiatric disorders. Awardees are expected to generate preliminary data and using that apply for funding from an external agency to continue a full program of science.

Applications will be screened and evaluated for scientific content including whether they constitute a meaningful use of the Biorepository resources. Successful candidates will obtain access to relevant elements of the Biorepository resources as well as funds to employ a junior research fellow and a consumable budget for 2 years.


1 JRF position and suitable consumable costs for 2 years. No equipment costs but access to ADBS core facilities and resources

Who can apply?

Scientists working in Universities/ Academic Institutions/ National Laboratories/ Hospitals/ Industries [Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR)-Recognized R&D Centre] & Non-Profit Organizations with necessary facilities and scientific background in the proposed area and eligibility to obtain project grant funding from DBT.

The PI should have an employment contract for at least the duration of the application procedure and the duration of the research the grant is applied for; AND have at least a PhD or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants should have Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Committee for Stem Cell Research (ICSCR) at their host institution that can provide approval for the proposed project.

What can be applied for?

Funding can be applied for:

  • Consumables
  • Manpower shall include employment costs for one junior research fellow. Fellowship amount as per terms and conditions of DBT.

Seed grant funds cannot be used for investigator salaries.

Number of seed grants available:


Proposal contents:

A proposal should be well written with clearly defined specific objectives, work plan, relevance of the proposal to the scientific theme of ADBS, expected outcomes in terms of quantifiable targets, tentative budget estimates and biodata of the investigator/s giving details regarding the expertise along-with the list of relevant research papers in the proposed research area. Please find the form here Click to download Application form.

Mode of Selection:

Proposals received will be reviewed by a committee of experts. The proposals would be evaluated on the basis of their scientific excellence, requirements of the ADBS resources, relevance to the scientific theme of ADBS and the scientific track record of the applicant.

Mode of Submission:

The application form has to be duly filled and submitted through email: Any supplementary information/ material that could be useful for consideration of the proposal can also be annexed.

Last date of submission: 11.59 pm May 6th, 2019

Applications received after the deadline are not eligible for further assessment. After the deadline, improvements of or additions to applications are not permitted.


About ADBS

The Accelerator program for Discovery in Brain disorders using Stem cells (ADBS) is a new scientific venture to understand mental illness by harnessing the power of modern human genetics and stem cell technology.

Contact Us

National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065,
Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 23666001 / 02 / 18 / 19
Fax: 91 80 23636662
Email: adbs at ncbs dot res dot in