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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 Competitive Research grants awarded from 2008 – 2017.

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Scientists and Institutes benefitted through the research grants during the same period are as follows:

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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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          Application Form ( pdf, 560kb | doc, 370kb )
 
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