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Research Development Office

Grants for independent researchers


The Research Development Office has developed a database of currently available funding opportunities primarily for Indian researchers. This database is constantly being updated. Although most of the available funding comes from the Government of India, there are many other opportunities from India and overseas that can be applied for.

The table below lists funding opportunities for independent researchers. These include personal Fellowships, (tenable in India and abroad) mechanisms for funding independent research, infrastructure, International collaborations, International exchange, organization of workshops/seminars and travel.

Click here to download the Excel format of database with more details. The filter tool can then be used to search against various categories.

This information was last updated on 20 Dec 2014.

 


Personal Support (Tenable in India)

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
British Petroleum (BP)/Bird life International/ Conservation International/Fauna and Flora international/ Wildlife conservation society Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)-Kate Stokes Memorial Award Team based projects for individuals from developing countries who are early in their
conservation career and demonstrate leadership potential
Expected in early October  
DBT Tata Innovation Fellowship Age less than 60 years. emplyoment at a research institute. 31-Dec-14
3 years with possibility of 2 year extension
DBT Ramalingaswamy Re-entry Fellowship PhD/Mtech/MD 28-Feb-15
5 years
DST Ramanujan Fellowship PhD/MD with excellent proven track-record. Age less than 60 years. Rolling programme 5 years
DST
J C Bose national Fellowships PhD, less than 60 years. Needs to be nominated by the institute Rolling programme 5 years
DST
Swarnajayanti Fellowships PhD, Age 30-40 years To be announced
5 years
International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) Return home Fellowship Scientists who are developing a successful basic/clinical research career in a developed country and wish to return to their country of origin or to a less developed country To be announced  
Lady Tata Memorial Trust Young Researcher Award Strong scientific leadership with more than 10 years experience running an independent lab 15-Jan-15
3+2 years based on review of progress
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Margdarshi Fellowship Strong scientific leadership with more than 10 years experience running an independent lab To be announced
5 years
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Intermediate Research Fellowship 4-7 years PD experience Prelim application deadline is
2 -Apr-15
5 years
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Senior Research Fellowship 7-15 years PD experience Prelim application deadline is
2 -Apr-15
5 years
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellowships for Clinicians and Public Health Researchers in India 4-7 years of post-MD/post-MS/post-MPH/post-PhD or equivalent research experience Prelim applications due16-Mar-15 5 years
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Senior Fellowships for Clinicians and Public Health Researchers in India 7-15 years of post-MD/post-MS/post-MPH/post-PhD or equivalent clinical research experience Prelim applications due15-Mar-15 5 years

 


Personal Support (tenable abroad)

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
Alexander Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for experienced researchers (Germany) Independent PI (Assistant Professor/ Junior Research GL) with < 12 years experience Rolling programme 6-18 months, can be divided into 3 blocks of minimum 3 months each in 3 years.
Alexander Humboldt Foundation International Climate protection Fellowships (Germany) Min Master's level education, first degree less than 12 years ago, practical experience in climate protection/ nature conservation,with leadership potential

15-Mar-15

1 year
DBT/ NIH Khorana- Nirenberg Scholar Program (India/NIH) Fresh PhD/postdoc (> 5 years experience) To Be Announced 2-3 years postdoc (NIH, USA)+ 2-3 years in independent DBT sponsored lab (India)
IBM - IUSSTF IBM - IUSSTF Visiting Fellowships in Nanotechnology (Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory New York) PhD, permanent appointment in a research institute To be Announced
3 months
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Indo-US Science and Technology Forum fellowships (USA) PhD, age less than 40 years, with permanent position   12 months
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorship in Microbiology Microbiologists with significant experience in research or teaching in the field 15-Dec-14 short term
Union for international cancer control (UICC) Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international study grants (any country overseas) PhD/MD with min 2 years postdoc experience 15-Jan and 1-July 3 months
US-India Educational Foundation Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships Indian faculty/researchers with at least 5 years teaching experience, preferably below 50 years of ag To be announced 4-9 months

 


Research Grants

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
British Petroleum (BP)/Bird life International/ Conservation International/Fauna and Flora international/ Wildlife conservation society Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)-Conservation Follow-up Awards Minimum team of three  with at least 50% involved in previous CLP project and additional new team members with no more than 5 years of paid experience  in the conservation sector To Be Announced
Upto 2 years
British Petroleum (BP)/Bird life International/ Conservation International/Fauna and Flora international/ Wildlife conservation society Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)-Conservation Leadership Awards Minimum team of three  with at least 50% involved in previous CLP project and additional new team members with no more than 5 years of paid experience  in the conservation sector To Be Announced
upto 3 years
CSIR CSIR research Grant PhD, regular appointment in a research institute Rolling Programme 3 years
DBT Project grant PhD, regular appointment in a research institute Rolling Programme 3-5 years
DBT RESEARCH PROPOSALS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENTAL & DISEASE BIOLOGY clinicians/scientists actively engaged in the field of Human Developmental and Disease Biology Rolling Program
 
DBT RESEARCH PROPOSALS IN CANCER BIOLOGY- Pilot Project Grant for Young Investigators all especially encouraging new/young investigators with/without publication in cancer To be Announced  
DBT RESEARCH PROPOSALS IN CANCER BIOLOGY- Units of Excellence (UOE) (DBT) leaders in cancer biology with strong track record To be Announced 60 months with possibility of extension for one more term
DBT Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI)- 22 batch Public-Private Partnership Programme of DBT supports research initiatives of Indian Biotech Industry solely or in collaboration with academic partners. Operated through BIRAC To be Announced  
DST (SERB)
Extra Mural Research Funding (Individual Centric) PhD, regular appointment in a research institute Rolling Programme 3 years
DST Woman Scientist scheme (WOS-A) for unemployed women scientists Rolling programme 3 years
DST Woman Scientist scheme (WOS-B) for unemployed women scientists To Be Announced 2 years
Gates Grand Challenges Explorations
13-May-15 1-6 years* (with extension)
Gates/ICICI Knowledge Park (IKP) IKP-Grand Challenges Explorations No restrictions, but work to be conducted in India
To be announced 18 months with mentorship from Industry leaders upto 2 years
ICMR AD-HOC RESEARCH SCHEMES PhD, regular appointment in a research institute Rolling Programme 2-3 years
International Foundation for Science (IFS) IFS Individual Research Grant Citizen of a developing country with minimum Master's level education, under 40 years of age and with  a regular employment at a research institute. Project needs to be based in a developing country (India Eligible). 31-Dec-14 1-3 years (maybe renewed upto 3 times)
James McDonnell Foundation (USA) 2014 Scholar Awards in Complex Systems Science 5-15 years post PhD with a  regular position in a non-profit research institution. No nationality restrictions 11-Mar-15 3-6 years
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) SFARI Explorer Awards PhD, MD or equivalent with faculty position in research or educational institute. No citizenship or country requirements Rolling Program 1 year
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Circuit Dynamics Request for Applications PhD, MD or equivalent with faculty position in research or educational institute. No citizenship or country requirements To be Announced
2 years
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Analysis of Simons VIP Biospecimens Request for Applications PhD, MD or equivalent with faculty position in research or educational institute. No citizenship or country requirements To be Announced  
USAID/NSF Partnership for enhanced engagement in Research (PEER) PIs in developing countries collaborating with a PI in US having a NSF grant active for the duration of the  award 9-Jan-15 1-3 years
WWF-India Small Grants Program for individuals based in India to carry out conservation research or undertake a conservation project grants are provided twice a year. phase I applications to be submitted by 30 June and Phase II applications by 31-Dec 6-12 months

 


Infrastructure Grants

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
DBT Creation of Center of excellence and Innovation in Biotechnology (CEIB) PIs with strong track record, permanent position at a non-profit research institution 5-Dec-14 5 years
DST Fund for improvement of S&T infrastructure (FIST)
To be Announced 5 years
Wellcome Trust (UK) Multi-user equipment grant Open to researchers with previous track record of Trust funding and who can demonstrate a strong track record of independent research accomplishment. To be Announced up to 5 years

 


International Collaborations

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
DST/MOST, Taiwan

INDO- TAIWAN JOINT CALL FOR COLLABORATIVE PROPOSALS

Indian and Taiwan researchers regularly employed in Indian or Vietnamese public funded institutions that perform R&D activities 31-Dec-14 3 years
Human Frontier in Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigator's grants Junior Independent PI, within 5 years of obtaining an independent position  Online registration deadline 19-Mar-15.Submission of Letter of Intent by 31-Mar-15. 3 years
Human Frontier in Science Program (HFSP) Programme grants Independent PI  Online registration deadline 19-Mar-15.
Submission of Letter of Intent by 31-Mar-15.
3 years
Human Frontiers in Science Program (HFSP) Career Development Award Need to have held one of 2 Feeder Fellowships To Be Announced 3 years
India US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) US- India Science and Technology Endowment entities from academia, national laboratories, non-governmental R&D institutions and start-up companies. To be Announced
Indo French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research IFCPAR Indo-French Collaborative research projects PhD, permanent appointment in a research institute 1-Apr and 1-Oct each year
3 years
National Geographic Conservation trust  No restriction on educational qualification. applicants must provide a record of prior research or conservation action as it pertains to the proposed project. at least 8 months prior to anticipated field dates  1 year

 


International Exchange

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
Cambridge -India Hameid visiting fellowship

Academics at Indian universities with an existing academic relationship with colleagues at the University of Cambridge or vice versa

No Deadline 1-2 weeks
Matsumae International Foundation (Japan) MIF Research Fellowship PhD, permanent appointment in a research institute.Needs to work in Japanese institute. 31-Aug-15 3-6 months
Royal Society, UK International Exchange scheme Postdoc or holding independent position in research institute/university 10-Feb-15 variable from 3months, 1 year or 2 years
Utrecht University, Netherlands Utrecht University Visiting Teaching fellowship Professors in one of Utrecht University research focus areas To be Announced 2 weeks- 1 semester

 


Organising Meetings/Symposia/Workshops

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
DBT Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience Education (INCNE)   Rolling programme, applications reviewed twice a year  
DST Financial Assistance for organising Conference/Seminar/Symposium/Workshops
3-6 months prior to the event

CSIR Financial Assistance for organising Conference/Seminar/Symposium/Workshops
3 months before the event
Company of Biologists Scientific Meetings Grant

21 Jan, 25 Mar, 24 June, 9 Sep

Company of Biologists Small Meetings grant   15 Jan, 5 Apr, 25 Jun, 10 Sep  
Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advance Research (IFCPAR) Grant for organizing Seminars and Workshops Needs French collaborator 1-Apr and 1-Oct every year  
DBT/ ISTPCanada Canada - India S& T Cooperation, Proposal for Partnership Development activities (PDAs) Needs Canadian Collaborator To be Announced

DST/Royal Society and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) UK India-UK Scientific Seminars PhD with regular appointment at a research institute in India or UK To be Announced  
EMBO EMBO Courses and Workshops program Funds conferences, workshops, practical courses and symposia that promote collaborations and exchange in the latest life science advances.Funding priority is given to events held in an EMBC Member State or cooperating country To be Announced
 
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Indo-US  Bilateral Workshops/ Symposia/ Conferences Qualified scientist from all science disciplines working at Indian and American institutions 31-Aug-14
 
Lady Tata Memorial Trust Meetings/Symposia/Workshops in the area of medical research   2 months prior to the event  
TWAS International Scientific meetings Organiser must be developing country 1-Dec for July-Dec meetings and 1 June for Jan-June meetings following year

 


Travel

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
DBT Travel Support for attending International Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium PhD, Age less than 50 years At least 8 weeks prior to travel date
DBT CREST Award Applicant must have a permanent job To be Announced, Expected Dec 2013
1-12 months
DST International Travel support Scheme open to all researchers. Senior researchers (> 35 years) cannot apply to Int Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) sponsored events Rolling programme. App. to reach two months prior to the event
International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) International Travel Grants For participation in international Neuroscience meetings 1-Mar-13 for meetings in Jul-Dec and  1-Sep for meeting in Jan-Jun following year  
ICMR International Travel by Non-ICMR Scientists Biomedical scientists engaged in R&D. Senior Scientist (above 35 yrs of age) are eligible to apply only to international scientific events which are not sponsored by international Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). 6 weeks before the commencement of the event  
INSA-CSIR-DAE/BRNS-DOS/ISRO CICS Travel Fellowship Programme PhD, Indian nationality committee meets six times/year with specific deadline for each meeting
Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust

Education grant- Travel grants
PhD with regular position in research institute, Indian nationality at least 3-4 months prior to departure. 31-May every year
 

 



Entrepreunership/Technology Development grants

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
Wellcome Trust (UK) Affordable Healthcare in India The PI should be based in India with regular employment in Not-for-profit institutions, governmental or non-governmental organisations and international organisations operating within India.  To be announced  
Wellcome Trust (UK) Biomedical resource and technology development grants applicants in the UK who have a track record in obtaining grant funding. Researchers in low- or middle-income countries  eligible to apply if they have a track record of Trust funding or can demonstrate a strong track record of independent research accomplishment. To be announced upto 5 years
BIRAC/CEFIPRA/ French Embassy in India Indo-French Challenge-oriented Call for proposals 2014 Project shall have at least one Company and one Public Research Organization from India and France each as Joint Applicants (2+2 model) Expression of interest due by 3-May-14. Full proposal (if invited) submission by 1-Jul-2014 18-24 months

 


Others

Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
DBT BioCAre. Career Re-orientation Fellowship (CRF) PhD (age limit 55 years). Women currently unemployed, temporarily employed or looking for change in career path To Be Announced 12 months
DBT Seminar Series in Neuroinformatics international researchers in the field of Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience Education visiting any of the node institutions, to  encourage them to travel to at least one other city and institution    
DST Utilisation Of The Scientific Expertise Of Retired Scientists (USERS) Age upto 67 years

2 years

Wellcome Trust International Engagement Awards Wellcome Trust-funded researchers in low- and middle-income countries for engagement with public and policy makers, strengthen capacity for public engagement in biomedical sciences and health research, stimulate dialogue and promote collaboration on engagement projects between researchers and public organisations 13-Mar-15

upto 3 years

BIRAC Contract research and service scheme to facilitate Academia-Industry Collaboration One academic (primary applicant) + private company partner To be announced