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.

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 30-Nov-2016.

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

To be announced

Upto 3 years
DBT Tata Innovation Fellowship Age less than 60 years. emplyoment at a research institute. To be announced 3 years with possibility of 2 year extension
DBT Ramalingaswamy Re-entry Fellowship Age less than 55 years. At least 3 years of post-doctoral research  experience with last two  years from an overseas
laboratory.
31-Jan-2017 5 years
DST-SERB Ramanujan Fellowship PhD/MD with excellent proven track-record. Age less than 55 years. Rolling programme 5 years
DST-SERB J C Bose national Fellowships PhD, less than 68 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-2017 3+2 years based on review of progress
SERB Extramural Research (EMR) scheme To support scientists for undertaking research in frontier areas of S&T in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences & Mathematical Sciences 31-Dec-2016 3 years
SERB Early Career Research Award (SERB) To support excellent scientists who wish to undertake high-quality research and to establish themselves as independent researchers in an academic institution in India. 31-Jan-2017 3 years
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 To be announced 5 years
Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Senior Research Fellowship 7-15 years PD experience To be announced 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 To be announced 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 To be announced 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

1-March-2017

1 year
American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators (ACSBI, USA) Beginner Independent investigator or clinician To be announced 6-12 months
Commonwealth Secretariat, U.K., administered by UGC Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (UK) 5-10 years research and upto 2 years teaching experience. Age less than 40 years. To be announced 3 months
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)
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum  Indo-US Science and Technology Forum fellowships (USA) PhD, age less than 40 years, with permanent position To be announced 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, who have obtained a Phd within past 10 years To be announced (Dec) 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 To be annnounced 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 age 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
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 Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) Public-Private Partnership Programme of DBT supports research initiatives of Indian Biotech Industry solely or in collaboration with academic partners. Operated through BIRAC 30-Nov-2016  
DBT BioCAre Research Grant opportunity (RGO) PhD (age limit 55 years) Women Scientists who are employed or unemployed or are desirous of coming back after a break. To be announced 3+2 years
DST (SERB) Extra Mural Research Funding (Individual Centric) PhD, regular appointment in a research institute 31-Dec-2016 3 years
DST(SERB) Early career research award PhD,  must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions and must apply not later than the first two years of their regular service 31-Jan-2017 3 years
DST (SERB) High risk high reward research The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized institution Call is now open 3 years (extendable to 5 years)
DST (SERB) Industry Relevant R&D The academic partner must hold a regular academic/research position in an academic institution. All industries (including MSME & industrial R&D Centres) are eligible. Rolling programme 3 years
DBT Pre-proposals on Plant Microbe Interactions (DBT) Scientists working in Indian research institutes/universities To be announced  
DST Woman Scientist scheme (WOS-A) for unemployed women scientists Rolling programme 3 years
DST Woman Scientist scheme (WOS-B) For unemployed women scientists whose age limit is below 57 years To be announced 2 years
DST Cognitive Science Research Inititative Scientists/academicians  should have a research  background  in  Cognitive  Science  and hold a regular  position To be announced 3 years
DST Nano Mission For research in the field of Nano science and technology, online application Rolling programme 3 years
EARTHWATCH Institute US/International Research Grants Advanced scholars and professionals of any nationality, covering any geographic region. EARTHWATCH supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience 18 Months prior to reseach initiation Grants renewed annually, long-term research projects are encouraged. Principal investigators to indicate their projected research term.
Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Pump-priming funding for initial ideas. To be announced 1-6 years* (with extension)
ICGEB Collaborative Research Programme Should hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the ICGEB Member States. To be announced 36 months
ICMR AD-HOC RESEARCH SCHEMES PhD, regular appointment in a research institute To be announced 2-3 years
James McDonnell Foundation (USA) 2016 Scholar Awards in Complex Systems Science 5-15 years post PhD with a  regular position in a non-profit research institution. No nationality restrictions To be announced 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
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

13-Jan-2017

(Phase I submission)

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
HHMI/ Gates/ Wellcome Trust/ Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) International Research Scholars Program Applicants having outstanding scientific training records and exceptional potential for significant in their independent careers and are trained in the United States or United Kingdom at the doctoral, medical, or postdoctoral level for at least 1 year. To be anounced 5 Years

 


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 To be Announced 5 years, (extendable by maximum 5 years)
DST Fund for improvement of S&T infrastructure (FIST) All Science Centres having strong postgraduate teaching and research programs which have existed for at least 3 years. To be announced 5 years

 

 


International Collaborations
Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
BRICS Coordinated call for BRICS multilateral projects Pilot call 2016 Should consist of partners from at least three of the BRICS countries. All applicants must fulfil their respective national eligibility rules for research grant applications
Budget: Research funding and exchange visits
To be anounced 3 years
DST-CEFIPRA Industry Academia Research & Development Programme  one industrial partner and one research institutes each from India & France (2+2 Model). To be anounced 3 years
DBT/CDTI, Spain Indo-Finland Joint Call for Proposals in Health and Well Being Projects from industry or research organisations. Industry-academia  collaboration recommended.Needs Collaborator in Finland To be announced 4 years
DST/JSPS (Japan) Indo-Japan Cooperative Science program (IJCSP) Scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities/ Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/ Institutes. To be announced 2 years
DBT-BMBF Indo-German Joint Call for Proposals in the area of Biotechnology Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in universities, national R&D laboratories/ institutes/universities and private R&D institutes /companies To be announced 2 years
DST- DeitY India-UK Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme The Indian Project Lead must be a commercial company. Academic institutions, research hospitals, other R&D institutes can participate in the projects as co-investigators. To be announced  
DST-RFBR Indo-Russian Joint Research Call for Proposals The team leaders must hold a full-time position at a university or research institute in their respective countries. To be announced 2 years
DST Indo-Belarus Joint Research Programme The applicant should be a Leader of a team of scientists in each country and should hold a full-time position at a University or Research Institution To be announced 2 years
Human Frontier in Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigator's grants Junior Independent PI, within 5 years of obtaining an independent position To be announced 3 years
Human Frontier in Science Program (HFSP) Programme grants Independent PI To be announced 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
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Indo-US R &D Joint Networked Center Needs 2 Indian and 2 American scientists from academia and laboratories (both public and non government) To be announced 2 Years
Indo French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research IFCPAR Indo-French Collaborative research projects PhD, permanent appointment in a research institute 15-Jan 2017 3 years
INNO INDIGO Partnership Programme Indo-European Innovation Joint Call for proposals in the field of Bioeconomy Public and/or private entities are eligible according to their respective national/regional regulations. At least three partners of which two partners must be from two different European countries participating in the call, and one from India To be anounced 2-5 years (DBT), 3 years (DST)
MNISW-DST Indo- Poland Joint Research Programme The team leader should be one who holds a full-time position at a University or Research Institution in the respective Country To be announced 2 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
NSF-SERB Partnership for International Research & Education (PIRE) Individual scientists  and  research  groups  from  academic  institutions, research laboratories and non-profit  R&D  institutions, which  are  eligible  for normal DST/SERB grants. To be announced 5 years

 

 


International Exchange
Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
BBSRC (UK) India Partnering Award Promotes scientifc exchange especially of early career scientists between India  and UK  To be announced (Nov) 4 years
Cambridge -India Hameid visiting fellowship

 

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

 

 

Rolling Scheme 1-2 weeks
CEFIPRA-DST Raman-Charpak Fellowship Program Students registered for PhD in an Indian/French institution To be announced 3-6months
DST/ DAAD (Germany) DST-DAAD Project based personnel exchange programme collaborative travel for upto 4 visits on either side To be announced 2 years
DAAD, Germany Research Stays University academics and scientists from India on active duty To be announced 1-3 months
DBT/ MCTI (Brazil) Indo-Brazil-Joint call for proposals in the field of Biotechnology Needs Brazilian collaborator, regular position in research institute To be announced 3 years
INSA

Indo-Australia Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Fellowship Programme 2016-2017

PhD (<10 years of post-PhD experience), Indian   national,   residing   in   India, holding   a   regular   position   in   a   recognized   S&T Institution/University.

To be announced 3-9 months
Matsumae International Foundation (Japan) MIF Research Fellowship PhD, permanent appointment in a research institute.Needs to work in Japanese institute. To be announced 3-6 months
Royal Society, UK International Exchange scheme Postdoc or holding independent position in research institute/university To be announced variable from 3months, 1 year or 2 years

 

 


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 Organiser must have a PhD and must be in the organising group for the meeting. No nationality or geographic restrictions but preference given to events where organisers have sought maximal feasible diversity in speakers in terms of geography, gender and age. 19-Dec-2016  
Company of Biologists Small Meetings grant Organiser must have a PhD and must be in the organising group for the meeting. 20Jan, 13 April, 22 June, 14 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  
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 To be announced  
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 To be announced  

 


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 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 To be announced  
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

 

 


Others
Agency Scheme Eligibility Deadline Duration
British Ecological Society (BES) Outreach grant Individuals or organisations interested in organising public engagement events in ecology. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the BES, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups To be announced  
BIRAC Contract research and service scheme to facilitate Academia-Industry Collaboration One academic (primary applicant) + private company partner To be announced  
CEFIPRA-BIRAC Red Biotechnology up to pre-commercialization stage The proposals must involve at least two French partners (one academia and one industry) and two Indian partners (one academia and one industry) To be announced 2 years
DBT BioCAre (Research Grant Opportunity) PhD (age limit 55 years). Women currently unemployed, temporarily employed or looking for change in career path To be announced 12 months
DST Utilisation Of The Scientific Expertise Of Retired Scientists(USERS) Age upto 67 years  

2 years

Rolex Awards Young Laureates Will support projects in the field of science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage To be announced 12-18 months
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 EOI submission on19-Aug-2016

upto 3 years