Grant Schemes

Competitive Research Grants

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 &  Information Communication Technology             
  •      Science Education
  •      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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