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Competitive Research grants are expected to facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research for the advancement of knowledge and 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.


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

• Agriculture and Food Sciences
• Basic Sciences (Physical/Chemical/Biological Sciences)
• Biotechnology 
• Nanotechnology
• Engineering Sciences and Architecture
• Environment & Biodiversity                                                                     
• Health Sciences
• Indigenous Knowledge
• Information Communication Technology (Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, etc.)
• Library & Information Science
• Science & Technology Policy Studies
• Science Education
• Social Sciences


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



•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 a minimum of one-year research component in the course and publications/patents in the relevant area. Co-Investigators should have postgraduate qualifications or and research experience as evidenced by publications/patents.
• For first time applicants to the NSF, the upper limit of funds will be Rs. 2 M 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 a 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.


Call for Applications 2020 is closed.

  • Application form (doc, 420kb)  Sorry! Applications are now closed.  
  • Programme Brief(pdf, 310kb)

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