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Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MOCIT) - Department of Information Technology

I. Introduction

Department of Information Technology (DIT) since its inception has been giving importance to research and development. Promotion of research & development efforts in electronics and related fields in the country has been one of the major activities of Department of Information Technology.

II. Name of scheme(s)

  1. Microelectronics & Nanotech Development Programme
  2. Technology Development Council
  3. Convergence, Communication & Strategic Electronics
  4. Components & Material Development Programme
  5. Electronics in Health
  6. Human Computer Interface - TDIL
  7. E- Commerce & Info-Security
  8. IT for Masses (Telemedicine)
  9. Media Lab Asia
  10. Photonics Development
  11. Industrial Applications

Objective(s)

  • Supports Research and Development projects for promotion of indigenous technologies in identified thrust areas.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Academic Institutes, Research Laboratories and Industries with proven track-record in R&D may submit proposals for consideration of funding by Department of Information Technology.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Application for submitting a project proposal for consideration of financial support by DIT are to be made in the prescribed FORMAT and three copies are required to be sent to the concerned contact person depending upon the area of the project proposal any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

  • Information Technology (Hardware/Software)
  • Convergence, Communication & Broadband Techniques
  • Micro-electronics & Photonics
  • Industrial Electronics
  • E-Commerce & Information Security
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electronic Components & Material
  • Strategic Electronics
  • Rural Application
  • Health & Biotechnology
  • Materials and Components including Microwaves & Millimeter waves
  • Emerging Areas of Information Technology
  • Human Computer Interface/Language Technology

VI. Components of grant

Staff salaries, capital equipment, components & consumables, travel, overheads, contingencies.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Building and infrastructural facilites.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Evaluation and appraisal of project proposals is done through a Working Group consisting of eminent scientists and industrial experts and academicians, who recommend the proposals for consideration of funding by DIT.

A Project Review and Steering Group (PRSG) comprising of representatives from DIT and other experts periodically monitors the project in technical and financial aspects.

IX. Contact Address

The Secretary
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Department of Information Technology
Block-6, Electronics Niketan, CGO Complex
Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003
Tel. No.: (011) 24364041
Fax No. (011) 24363134
E-mail: secretary@mit.gov.in
Website: www.mit.gov.in
Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF)

I. Introduction

The Ministry of Environment and Forests is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the central government for planning, promotion and coordination of environmental and forestry programmes. The main activities of the Ministry are conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife; prevention and control of pollution, afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas and protection of environment. These tasks are being fulfilled through environmental impact assessment, eco-regeneration, assistance to organizations implementing environmental and forestry programmes; promotion of environmental and forestry research, extension, education and training to augment the requisite manpower; dissemination of environmental information; international cooperation and creation of environmental awareness among all sectors of the country’s population.

II. Name of scheme(s)

(Under revision)

  1. Environmental Research Programme (ERP)
  2. Ecosystems Research Scheme (ERS)
  3. Eastern and Western Ghats Research Programme (E&WRP)
  4. Biosphere Reserves
  5. Mangroves and Coral Reefs
  6. Wetlands
  7. National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS)
  8. Ganga Action Plan/National River Conservation Programme
  9. Research and Consultancy Projects in Wildlife

1. Environmental Research Programme (ERP)

Objective(s)

  • To develop strategies, technologies, methodologies, information and data dissemination for better environment management permitting sustainable development.
  • To develop infrastructure and trained manpower for undertaking environment research.
  • To undertake R&D projects which particularly aim at attempting solutions to the practical problems of resource management and provide necessary inputs for development and formulation of Action Plans for conservation of natural resources and restoration and improvement of environmental quality, while permitting sustainable development.

2. Ecosystems Research Scheme (ERS)

Objective(s)

  • The scheme aims on inter disciplinary programme of research which emphasizes on ecological approach to the study of inter relationship between man and the environment and seeks to generate scientific knowledge needed to manage the natural resources wisely. Research activities which are undertaken pertain to environmental management with emphasis on development of processes/systems, instruments, generation of information on health and toxicology, development of methodology for impact assessment and general approach/strategies for sustainable environmental management.

3. Eastern and Western Ghats Research Programme (E&WRP)

Objective(s)

  • To promote research and to evolve scientific inputs and technology packages for solving location specific problems in the fragile areas of Eastern and Western Ghats. The information generated out of these projects is used for developing strategies for conservation and management of natural resources of these areas.

4. Biosphere Reserves

Objective(s)

  • To conserve the biodiversity and genetic integrity of plants, animals and microorganisms in their totality as a part of the natural ecosystems so as to ensure their self-perpetuation and unhindered evolution of living resources. To promote research that would assist ecological conservation both within and areas adjacent to these reserves. To provide facilities for international cooperation and people – environment interaction in a whole range of bio-climatic and bio-geographic situations of the biosphere. To provide opportunities for people’s participation in achieving these objectives.

5. Mangroves and Coral Reefs

Objective(s)

  • Conservation and protection of the mangrove ecosystem from further degradation
  • Afforestation of degraded mangrove areas
  • Maintenance of genetic diversity, especially of the threatened and endemic species, and
  • Creation of awareness among the people on importance of mangrove ecosystem and the need for conservation.

6. Wetlands

Objective(s)

  • Fresh water wetland resources which exhibit a great ecological diversity are of great economic, aesthetic and ecological importance. Research on various aspects of conservation and management of wetlands including enhancements of their productivity are promoted through appropriate agencies.

7. National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS)

Objective(s)

  • Utilisation of remote sensing technology for accurate inventory of resources such as land, water, forest, minerals, oceans etc., and to utilize this information for monitoring changes in ecological systems.

8. Ganga Action Plan/National River Conservation Programme

Objective(s)

  • Pollution Monitoring viz. pollution areas, Point sources, Non-point sources, Monitoring techniques, Technologies for sewage treatment.
  • Water Quality Monitoring viz. Physico-chemical and biological parameters, Performance monitoring of sewage treatment plants, Annual sanitary survey.
  • Impact Analysis viz. Human health, Animal health, Biodiversity, Fisheries, Agriculture
  • De-toxification, Water Recycling & Resource Recovery viz. Microbiological degradation, Bio-filter earthworms, Use of sewage waste and industrial effluents in Fisheries, Animal husbandry, Crop husbandry, Forestry, Bio-energy generation.
  • Special Impact, Environment Economics, Analysis of pollution and investment options viz. Sociological and cultural aspects, Economic and aesthetic aspects, Public awareness and participation, River basin management with a balance between ecological and economic growth priorities, Impact assessment of human activities in river basin such as tourism, mining, construction, industrialization etc.
  • Impact of GAP Schemes in seven selected towns.

9. Research and Consultancy projects in Wildlife

Objective(s)

  • Strengthening and enhancing protected area network.
  • Effective Management of Protected Areas.
  • Conservation of wild and endangered species and their habitats.
  • Restoration of Degraded Habitats outside Protected Areas.
  • Control of Poaching and Illegal Trade in Wild Animal and Plant Species.
  • Monitoring and research.
  • Human Resource Development and Personnel Planning.
  • Ensuring Peoples support and participation in Wildlife conservation.
  • Conservation education and protected area interpretation.
  • Tourism in protected areas.
  • Domestic legislation and international convention.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Universities, Colleges recognized by UGC, Institutions of CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, ICSSR and recognized non-governmental scientific organizations.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Thirty copies of the research proposal are to be submitted at any time during the year in the prescribed form which can be downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

Ministry of Environment & Forests has been funding research in multi-disciplinary aspects of environmental & ecosystems protection, conservation and management at various universities, institutions of higher learning, national research institutes and non-governmental organizations. The matrix for supporting research in Environment for the remaining 10th Five Year Plan is:
Category of Research Sub-Category Thrust areas
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Afforestation strategies
Policy Research Supporting Policy making & Hypothesis testing Environmental Cost Benefit analysis
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Economic valuation of environmental resources
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Economic instruments for environmental regulation
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Ethno biology
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources and traditional knowledge
Policy Research Supporting Policy making Research for supporting negotiations on multilateral environmental agreements
Policy Research Technology evaluation Economic utilization of waste, control of pollution
Policy Research Modeling/validation of models Climate change models
Policy Research Modeling/validation of models Natural resources management
Policy Research Survey of analysis Health and toxicology
Policy Research Survey of analysis Monitoring and analysis of environmental quality
Applied Research R&D Technologies Pollution control technologies
Applied Research R&D Technologies Clean technologies
Applied Research Survey & analysis Natural resource inventories and mapping
Applied Research Methodologies Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems
Applied Research Methodologies Conservation and management of various Ecosystems
Basic Research Taxonomy Identification, classification.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries, equipment, expendables and supplies, travel, contingencies and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel cost.

VIII. Mechanism of implementtion and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is referred to experts in the field. The Advisory Committee makes recommendations based on the comments of experts. The recommendations of the Advisory Committee are further processed by the Department for its sanction.

The PI is required to submit annual progress report in a prescribed proforma. The monitoring committee evaluates the progress of the project based on presentation by the P.I. Action is taken on the evaluation report.

Thirty copies of the project completion report (PCR) are required to be submitted. Copies of the report are referred to experts.

IX. Contact Address

Adviser
Research Division
Ministry of Environment and Forests
Paryavaran Bhavan, Block No. 2
CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi – 110003
Tel.No: (011) 24362840
Fax: (011) 24368654
E-mail: rmehta52@yahoo.com
Website: www.envfor.nic.in

For research proposals on Wildlife Conservation/Consultancy:
(5 typed copies of application are required to be submitted to:)

Addl. Director General (Wildlife)
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhawan, Block No. 2
CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi – 110003
Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI)

I. Introduction

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI) was set up in July, 1988 to give an impetus to development of food processing industries in the country. The Ministry is concerned with formulation and implementation of the policies & plans for the food processing industries within the overall national priorities and objectives. The Ministry acts as a catalyst for bringing in greater investment into this sector, guiding and helping the industry, encouraging exports and creating a conducive environment for healthy growth of the food processing industry.

II. Name of scheme(s)

Research & Development in Processed Food Sector

Objective(s)

  • Update processing, packaging and storage technologies for all major processed food products so that they meet International Standards.
  • Standardization of various factors such as bacteriological standards, preservation standards, additives, pesticide residue etc., of meat and meat products, development of value added products of commercial importance.
  • Development of processing technology for the production of intermediate and finished food product/production including design and building of prototype equipment/pilot plants.
  • Fortification of cereals/cereal products for enhancing the nutritional level of our population, especially women and children.
  • Traditional Foods of various regions of the country.
  • Development of new cost effective technologies for preservation and packaging for food products based on traditional foods, common food grains, dairy products etc., for both domestic and export purposes. Development and design of equipment for manufacture of such products, development of new inexpensive packaging techniques and equipments, analysis of existing packaging methods, materials processes, quality control norms studies about improvement in the currently used systems, studies about newer packaging possibilities.
  • Ministry may engage reputed research institutions/universities for directed research & development of low cost indigenous technology for preservation/processing, which will result in value addition to various foods

III. Who can submit a proposal

Central/State Government Organisations, IITs, IIMs, R&D Institutes, Universities and NGOs etc. In case of NE States & Sikkim, the proposals may be simultaneously sent to the MFPI & SFAC.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year in the prescribed format which can be downloaded from the website. 15 copies of the project proposal should be submitted.

V. Areas of research support

Proposals related to the areas mentioned under the “Objectives” will be considered for support.

VI. Components of grant

Grant-in-aid will be provided @ 100% of the capital cost to Central/State Government Organisation, IITs and Universities. To all other Implementing Agencies the grant-in-aid will be provided @ 33% of the capital cost for General Areas and 50% of the capital cost for Difficult Areas.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The proposals are required to be recommended by the concerned State Government or Nodal Agency designated by them to the Ministry for approval. The proposals from PSUs, R&D Institutes, Universities, IITs and IIMs and other reputed State/National level institutes would not need such recommendations. The list of Nodal Agencies can be seen/downloaded from the website. In case of areas under autonomous bodies such as Gorkha Hill Development Council such recommendations can be made by the Competent Authority.

IX. Contact Address

The Joint Secretary
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Panchsheel Bhawan,
August Kranti Marg
New Delhi – 110 049
Tel. No: (011) 26492216, 26492174
Fax. No: (011) 26493228
E-mail: mofpi@hub.nic.in
Website: www.mofpi.nic.in
Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES)

I. Introduction

The Ministry promotes renewable energy technologies and creates an environment conducive for their commercialization through innovative policy initiatives and strategies. The range of its activities covers renewable energy resource assessment, research and development, demonstration, extension and production in the areas of biomass energy, solar thermal and solar photovoltaics, wind energy and small hydro power. It also promotes and supports studies and research in new technology areas such as tidal energy, geothermal energy, alternate fuels for transportation, hydrogen energy and fuel cells. The programmes of the Ministry are implemented mainly through the state energy development agencies and state electricity boards. Greater thrust has been given to research and development through active involvement of research institutions, universities, industries and non-governmental organizations.

II. Name of scheme(s)
(Under revision)

Industry/Institution Participation in Research and Development Projects

Objective(s)

  • To encourage public as well as private industrial sector for research and development in NRSE sector on cost sharing basis.

III. Who can submit a proposal

R&D institutions, industry, government organizations, non-governmental organizations, autonomous bodies, industrial units registered with DSIR.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The research proposals in the prescribed form, available from the Ministry may be submitted any time during the year. The guidelines and proforma for formulating project proposals can be obtained from the contact person or downloaded from the website.

V. Areas of research support

  • New Technologies
  • Solar Thermal
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind Energy
  • Biomass Energy
  • Small Hydro
  • Others

VI. Components of grant

Staff salaries, equipment, domestic travel, contingency, consumables and miscellaneous items.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Capital equipment, land, building etc.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

R&D proposals received by the Ministry are scrutinized in the light of R&D strategy for market orientation and commercialization. After initial scrutiny, the proposals are sent to Experts for comments. The expert comment along with the justification from the concerned programme division is placed before the R&D Committee(s) for consideration/approval.

The projects are monitored by the concerned programme division directly and in some cases with the help of specific Committees.

IX. Contact Address

Director (R&D)
R&D Division
Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources
Block No. 14, C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi – 110003
Tel. No: (011) 24361604
Fax. No: (011) 24367413
E-mail: shuklaar@nic.in
Website: www.mnes.nic.in
Ministry of Power, Central Power Research Institute (CPRI)

I. Introduction

Ministry of Power, Government of India has entrusted the Central Power Research Institute to act as the nodal agency to manage the Research Scheme on Power [RSOP] including the funding for the Research programme. Techno-economic evaluation, monitoring and optimal utilization of resources are the major responsibilities of CPRI. This was earlier carried out by CBI&P and is now being managed by CPRI, since April 2001.

II. Name of scheme(s)

Research Scheme on Power (RSOP)

Objective(s)

  • The scheme basically aims to provide fund for carrying out need based research projects in power sector including solving of power system operational problems in the country.

III. Who can submit proposal

Generally power utilities in the central and state sectors can apply for this fund for solving their operational problems. However, if certain problems requiring theoretical studies, Academic and R&D Institutions can also submit proposals

The Information has been published in the web site of CPRI (http://powersearch.cpri.res.in) and its link is available on the website of the Ministry of Power also. The details include proposal formats, general areas of research, selection mechanism, Monitoring mechanism etc.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

RSOP expert committee meets 3 to 4 times in an year to consider the new project proposals in the pipe line for funding under RSOP. The proposals in the order of their receipt will be considered by the committee including the revised proposals from previous meetings.

V. Areas of research support

The research areas include but not limited to:

  • Power system planning, improvement, studies
  • Diagnostic and condition monitoring of power system equipments.
  • Reliability enhancement of power station equipment etc.

However, pertinent projects in the power sector on specific case will also be considered.

VI. Components of grant

Size of the project in terms of financial outlay is in the range of Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs of duration within 2 years. Generally 15% of overhead charges are allowed to be built into the cost of the project.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Inclusion of salary component of permanent research staff is not encouraged; However cost towards hiring temporary research staff for the duration of the project is acceptable.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

The projects are evaluated by an expert committee [RSOP-Expert Committee] constituted for this purpose. The committee comprises experts from different organizations in the power sector like BHEL, NTPC, IISc. POWERGRID, CEA, CPRI, State Utilities etc. The Governing Council of CPRI chaired by Secretary (Power), Govt. of India, is final authority for approving the recommendations of the RSOP-Expert Committee.

Projects are monitored by RSOP Cell of the R & D Coordination Division of CPRI in Bangalore. Quarterly progress reports (physical & financial) are to be furnished by the Investigating Organizations. Review of progress is done by the RSOP Expert committee at Bangalore or at respective investigating organizations.

IX. Contact Address

Joint Director(R&D)
Central Power Research Institute
Ministry of Power
P B No.8066
Bangalore 560 080
Tel No: (080) 23605367
Fax No: (080) 23601213
E-mail: babu@powersearch.cpri.res.in
Website: http://powersearch.cpri.res.in
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MOSJE)

I. Introduction

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for providing/implementing a wide ranging welfare measures in specific areas such as welfare for the handicapped. It also promotes development of aids and appliances through its Technology Development Programme.

II. Name of scheme(s)

S&T Project in Mission Mode

Objective(s)

The objectives are to coordinate, fund and direct application of technology in the development and utilization of :

  • suitable and cost-effective aids and appliances
  • methods of education and skills development leading to enhancement of opportunities for employment, easier living and mobility, communication, recreation and integration in society.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists/Engineers/Researchers from Academic & Research Institutions, Public Sector/Private Sector Industries, Non-Governmental Organisations having some basic and essential facilities to carry out the research programme.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Thirty copies of the proposal in the prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year.

V. Areas of research support

Proposals in the areas related to the following disabilities including cerebral palsy will be supported:

(a) Orthopaedic

(b) Visual

(a) Hearing

(b) Mental

VI. Components of grant

Equipment, staff salaries, consumables, domestic travel, contingencies, computer time charges, consultancy, maintenance.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Basic infrastructure and buildings.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny the proposals are considered by respective Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs). The recommendations of the TAGs are placed before the Apex Level Committee (ALC) for its approval.

The projects are monitored quarterly with the help of the experts from the TAGs and ALC.

IX. Contact Address

The Mission Director
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
DRC-CACU Office
4, Vishnu Digamber Marg
I.P.H. Complex
New Delhi – 110002
Tel. No: (011) 23233255/54, 23234490
Fax. No.: (011) 23232412
E-mail: drcpd@hub.nic.in
Website: www.drccacu.org
Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR)

I. Introduction

Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR) provides financial assistance to promote research work in the field of Water Resources Engineering. The assistance is provided by way of grants to academicians/experts in the Universities, IITs, recognised R&D laboratories, Water Resources/ Irrigation departments of the Central and State Governments and NGOs. Research proposals of applied nature as well as basic research are considered for MOWR support.

II. Name of scheme(s)

Research & Development for Water Resources Management

Objective(s)

  • To find practical solutions to the country’s water resources related problems, to improve available technology and engineering methods and procedures.
  • To maintain a lead in the latest technology so as to enable export of expertise from India, in competition with other developed nations, to countries that import such expertise, in order to earn foreign exchange, increase GDP and provide employment opportunities for Indians abroad.
  • To review the state of the art in the country in different branches of the subject area by collecting relevant information from national and international organizations and publish “State of the art Report”. To prepare and maintain a comprehensive documentation, preferably using IT, of R&D done so far at national as well as international level.
  • To prepare, co-ordinate and recommend funding of research programmes to be taken up by the institutions in the country on basic and applied research, action research, and other areas related to research in the subject field.
  • To review the R&D programme in the subject area: identify topics which need immediate attention and encourage the national institutions to take up research on these topics.
  • To disseminate information and stimulate thinking related to the subject field by publishing journals, research news/digests; arranging and conducting seminars/ conferences/ workshops; supporting mass awareness programmes.
  • To provide support for the infrastructure development of research institutions working in the water resources sector.
  • To encourage indigenous industry to take up technology development in the subject area.
  • To promote and co-ordinate effective participation of India in the International programmes related to the water resources.
  • To promote educational, training and Human Resources Development programmes in the subject area

III. Who can submit a proposal

Funding is provided to following:

  • R&D institutes/labs of the Central or State Government
  • Organisations under MOWR
  • Universities and Educational institutes, engineering and agricultural colleges; IITs
  • WALMIs, NGOs, non-profit making private R&D institutions/ organisations.

MOWR also welcomes the involvement of eminent scientists and engineers including retired personnel to carry out special research, monograph writing, preparation of state-of-the-art report etc. In such cases the retired personnel should encourage younger engineers/scientists from their group to submit the research proposal with which they could be associated. Honorarium to retired personnel based on their retirement benefits etc. should be indicated in the proposal.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Application for research grants can be submitted at any time of the year. The proposal is to be submitted on a prescribed proforma given in Appendix 1 of Guideline for Implementation of R&D Programme, Part-1 – Instruction to Investigators (available at www.wrmin.nic.in/rdguide1.html).

V. Areas of research support
INC Subject Domain
INCH Management of Floods, Hydraulic Structures (including masonry and concrete structures), River and Estuarine Hydraulics, River Morphology, Ground Water Hydraulics, Instrumentation for Seismic and Geophysical Measurements, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow, Hydraulic Machinery, City Water Supply and Ports and Harbours
INCOH Meteorology, Surface Water Hydrology, Evaporation Control, Ground Water Hydrology and Management, Instrumentation, Real Time Systems, Application of GIS and Remote Sensing
INCID Irrigation, Drainage, Agronomy, Water Management, Environmental Impact and Socio-Economic Aspect of Water Resources Projects, Plasticulture Development, Geo-textiles
INCGE Rock Mechanics & Tunneling Technology; Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering; and Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques
INCCMS Construction Materials, Concrete Technology and Structures

VI. Components of grant

Funding can be provided for purchase of equipment; purchase of books and journals; development of other infrastructure necessary for the research; for the salaries of research staff in the grades of JRF/SRF/RA; for the cost of conducting the experiment including cost of consumables; and for travel in connection with the research. If the host institute is providing any facilities - infrastructure or staff - then overheads upto 20 % of the total cost can also be charged to the project cost.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

Funding is not provided for foreign travel; salary of the PI, other investigators and non-research staff who are regular employees of the institute; honorarium or cash incentives in any form for the investigators and research staff. Purchase of computers and peripherals may be allowed only in rare cases where the importance of the work so demands.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Considering wide range of topics covered by Water Resources Engineering, five committees called Indian National Committees (INCs) have been constituted to co-ordinate the R&D programme in conjunction with R&D Division, MOWR. The five INCs are listed below:

  • INC for Hydraulics Research (INCH)
  • INC for Hydrology (INCOH)
  • INC for Irrigation & Drainage (INCID)
  • INC for Geo-technical Engineering (INCGE)
  • INC for Construction Materials & Structures (INCCMS)

IX. Contact Address

Director
R&D Division, PP Wing
Ministry of Water Resources
1st floor, Wing –4, West Block –1
R K Puram New Delhi-110066
Tel. No: (011) 26104082 Fax. No: (011) 26104082
E-mail: watrnd-mowr@nic.in
Website: www.wrmin.nic.in
Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA)

I. Introduction

Petroleum Conservation Research Association is an organization which works under the ambit of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. It has been granted the prodigious task of endorsing conservation of petroleum products leading to environment protection for sustained growth among the individuals and institutions by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Research and Development is a major important activity of PCRA. PCRA has continued with its efforts towards new R&D projects aimed at accelerating conservation of petroleum products leading to environment protection, energy security and sustainable development.

II. Name of Scheme (s)

Research & Development

Objective(s)

  • To promote research, development and deployment efforts aimed at petroleum conservation and environment protection.
  • To support and facilitate efforts for adoption and dissemination of fuel-efficient technologies.
  • To work for substitution of petroleum products with alternate fuels.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Universities, Colleges, R&D Institutions, Technical & Educational Institutions, Private Organizations, NGOs.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

Any time during the year. One copy of the proposal is initially to be submitted to the Executive Director or Director (PS).

V. Areas of research support

Projects related to efficient energy utilization & environment protection leading to improvement in quality of life.

VI. Components of grant

Salaries, equipment, expendables and supplies, travel, contingencies and overheads.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

After initial scrutiny, the proposal is placed before the Screening Committee on Resources, Environment & Conservation. Based on the recommendation of the Screening Committee, the proposal is processed for sanction.

The project is monitored by the Department/Screening Committee/Reviewing Committee.

Thirty copies of the Project Completion Report (PCR) are required to be submitted. Copies of the report are sent to user agencies for implementation of the recommendations.

IX. Contact Address

The Executive Director
or Director (PS)
Petroleum Conservation Research Association
Sanrakshan Bhawan
10, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi –110 066
Tel. No: (011) 26198809, 26198856
Fax. No: (011) 261096688
E-mail: pcrad@del2.vsnl.net.in
Website: www.pcra.org
University Grants Commission (UGC)

I. Introduction

The UGC was set up on 5th November, 1956 by an Act of Parliament for the promotion and coordination of university education and determination and maintenance of standards in teaching, examination and research. Presently, UGC strives to promote teaching and research in emerging areas in Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, Literature, Pure Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy, Medical, Agricultural Sciences etc. The emphasis would be supporting such areas that cut across disciplines and subjects such as health, gerontology, environment, biotechnology, stress management, WTO and its impact on economy, history of science, Asian philosophy and many other areas as would be identified by subject experts.

II Name of scheme(s)

Major and Minor Research Projects

Objective(s)

  • To promote excellence in research in higher education by supporting research programmes of University and College teachers in various disciplines.
  • Traditionally, universities have been the centers of research. Although, the Government has a network of science and technology laboratories for research and development, the major base of researchers in science and technology remains with the universities. Therefore, university and college teachers need to be supported to meet this requirement.

III. Who can submit a proposal

Permanent/regular, working/retired teachers in the Universities and Colleges (Under Section 2(f) & 12B of UGC Act, 1956) are eligible. Universities and Colleges sponsoring the proposal should have adequate research facilities. Research project may be undertaken by an individual teacher or a group of teachers. University lecturers and college teachers who wish to undertake research along with teaching work or who are working for doctorate degree under an approved supervisor, can submit a proposal for a Minor Research Project.

IV. When and how to submit a proposal

The proposal can be submitted any time during the year. For major research project, the proposal in the prescribed proforma by sent to UGC through the concerned University/Institution. For minor research project, the proposal in the prescribed proforma be sent to the UGC Regional Offices located at Bhopal, Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune. The teachers from the colleges in the Northern Region including Delhi may apply to the UGC Northern Regional Colleges Bureau at 35, Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi – 110001.

V. Areas of research support

All subject areas mentioned under “Introduction”.

VI. Components of grant

  • Major Research Project in Sciences including Engineering & Technology, Medical, Pharmacy, Agriculture etc.-Rs. 12 lakhs
  • Major Research Project in Humanities, Social Science, Languages, Literature, Arts, Law and allied disciplintes -Rs. 10 lakhs
  • Minor Research Project- Rs. 1 lakh

Financial support is provided for the items like Equipment, Books and Journals, Research Personnel (Research Associate or Project Associate or Project Fellow), Hiring Technical Services, Contingency, Chemicals and Consumables, Travel and Field work and any special requirements. However, assistance towards research personnel is not provided in Minor Research Project.

VII. Items not allowed out of grant

International travel, vehicle, office furniture.

VIII. Mechanism of implementation and monitoring

Annual Progress Report of work done must be submitted as per prescribed format with a summary to the Commission within eight weeks after completion of each year.

UGC shall organize mid-term group review meetings of all the projects which have completed one and a half year to two years of duration where the Principal Investigators would be invited for presentation of work being done by them before an Expert Committee constituted by the Commission. The expenditure incurred on mid-term may be met out of the project funds.

The recommendations of the UGC Mid-Term Evaluation Committee would decide the continuance of the project.

IX. Contact Address

The Secretary
University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi – 110002
Tel. No: (011) 23234019, 23236350
Fax. No.: (011) 23239659
Website: www.ugc.ac.in

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