Online Applications for FIST 2019 Program would be open at from 1st April, 2019

Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher

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Educational Institutions (FIST) Program – 2019”

Proposals are invited online for consideration of support under the Scheme “Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure (FIST)” of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. The Scheme is intended to provide basic infrastructure and enabling facilities for promoting R&D activities in new and emerging areas and attracting fresh talents in universities & other educational institutions. It is considered as complimentary support for enabling Departments/ Centres/ Schools/ Colleges to pursue research activities more effectively and efficiently. 

Nature of Support: The Scheme will provide optimal infrastructure facilities for post-graduate teaching and research, such as, renovation of existing laboratory space (no fresh constructions) and cold room, modernization of laboratories involved in PG teaching and research, acquisition of essential equipment, up-gradation of existing facilities, networking & computational facilities including software & databases, scientific & technical books (no journals), maintenance & refurbishing of existing and new facilities etc.. The facilities provided under the Program are intended to support the efforts of the Department as a whole or a number of faculty members in the Department. Proposal towards individual R&D support would not be accepted under this Scheme.

Duration: The duration of support for each project will be for a period not exceeding 5 years.

Eligibility: For University / Degree awarding Academic Institutions, the support will be considered for the 'Department / School / Center' as a unit. All Science (including Medical & Agriculture) and Engineering Departments/ Centres having strong PG teaching and research programs which have existed for at least 3 years or more in universities and other higher educational institutions recognized or regulated by UGC/ AICTE and/or MHRD/ State Education Department based, are eligible seeking support for the 1st time. All other agency based academic University/ Institutes are excluded from the scope of FIST support. The Department/ Centre/ School already supported under FIST Program may submit fresh proposal after completion of the ongoing project duration, provided such projects completed in all respects and obtained ‘Completion Certificate’ whose copy may be attached in the current proposal. The number of Core Faculty Members with PhD degree in the Department/ Centre/ School shall be at least 5 (Five), 8 (Eight) and 10 (Ten) for Level I, Level II and Level III, respectively. For applying under Level III support, the concerned Department must have been in existence for at least 15 years and implemented at least two (2) FIST Projects at Level II category and have obtained one ‘Excellent’ and one ‘Very Good’ grading in last two FIST Level ‘II’ Projects. Those Departments that have completed 2 cycles of support in any particular level i.e. Level I or Level II and which would be not eligible in normal way to next higher level after 2 cycles of support may be considered for support, only for research, with the maximum quantum equal to 50% of upper limit of support in any given category as a upper limit in 3rd cycle of support (i.e. an upper limit of Rs 1.5 crore in Level I and Rs 5.0 crores in Level II for research purposes only).

For College, the support to 'College as a whole' shall be considered for the post-graduate S & T departments which are not self financed.

PRIVATE Academic University/ College/ Institution and GOVT. AIDED Colleges under Not-for-Profit status would be considered as Non-Government Organization (NGO) and shall use ‘NGO/ VO’ option during the process of online submission of proposal. For Self-financed post-graduate departments and Private Universities/ Academic Institutes including Colleges, support shall be considered only on merit of research activities for research facilities. Such departments of the University or “College as a whole” should have at least 50% students at the PhD level pursuing their PhD as full time Research Scholar and receiving their fellowships either by virtue of NET/GATE qualification or holder of Institute/any other agency fellowship and such department would need to contribute 50 % of total recommended budget (For more details please visit:

Type of Support:

(1) Level – 0: Proposals from Govt./ Govt. aided Colleges shall be considered for a maximum support of up to Rs. 150 lakh [Teaching facilities – Rs 50 lakh and Research facilities – Rs 100 lakh] and proposals from private/ self financed Colleges shall be considered for a maximum support up to Rs. 100 lakh [only for Research facilities] for the S & T departments for 5 years.

(2) Level – I: Proposals from relatively small but active post-graduate S&T Department from State & Central Universities and degree awarding academic Institutions requiring moderate funding for improving quality of teaching & research. The support would be up to Rs 300 lakh for 5 years for augmentation of teaching and research facilities to a Department/ School/ Centre.

(3) Level – II: Proposals from well established S&T Department from State/ Central Universities and degree awarding academic Institutions with high repute requiring substantial funding (upper limit - Rs.1000 lakh for 5 years) for acquiring state-of-the-art equipment & setting up laboratories for conducting internationally competitive research.

(4) Level – III: Proposals from well established, internationally competitive S&T Department from State/ Central Universities and degree awarding academic Institutions. The upper limit of funding support would be Rs 2000.0 lakh for 5 years) for acquiring only state-of-the-art very sophisticated equipment/ facilities.

Selection: The selection will be through a peer review mechanism and visit to the laboratories, if necessary. An Advisory Board of Experts will assist the DST in making final selection.

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Friday, March 22, 2019