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CSIR Young Scientist Awards 2018 – Rs 25 Lakh Research Grant + Rs 50,000/- Cash Prize

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CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi 110 012

CSIR Young Scientist Awards 2018

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) invites nominations for CSIR
Young Scientist (YS) Awards for the year 2018. The awards are to be given for research
contributions made primarily in India. The nominee should be a regular Scientist (as per
CSRAP Rules) of CSIR system and should have joined the CSIR laboratory on or prior
to 26th September 2017. The age of the nominee should not be more than 35 years as
on 26th September 2017

The YS Awards are given annually in the following disciplines: (1) Biological Sciences,
(2) Chemical Sciences, (3) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, (4)
Engineering Sciences, and (5) Physical Sciences (including instrumentation). The YS
Award comprises a citation, a cash award of Rs 50,000(Rupees fifty thousand only),
and a plaque

Awards : 

  • The Awards are given annually in the following fields:i) Biological Sciences, ii) Chemical Sciences, iii) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences,
    iv) Engineering Sciences v) Physical Sciences (including instrumentation)
  • Each award consists of a citation (signed by the Director General, CSIR and the Vice-President, CSIR), a cash prize of Rs.50000 (Rupees fifty thousand) and a plaque.
  • Awardees are entitled to a Special Honorarium of Rs 7500/- (Rupees seven thousand five hundred) per month till the age of 45 years. This incentive shall be admissible as long as the recipient remains in the service of CSIR.
  • Research grant of Rs 25 lakh (Rupees twenty five lakh) over a period of five years, is also given, which is normally to the tune of Rs 5 lakh per annum per CSIR Young Scientist Awardee.

Purpose : Promoting excellence and recognising outstanding contributions made by the young CSIR scientists for their work done primarily in India during the last five years preceding the year of the Award.

Eligibility :

  • Any scientist, engaged in research work in any of the CSIR laboratories/institutes, who is not more than 35 years of age, as reckoned on 26 September (CSIR Foundation Day) of the preceding year, is eligible for the Award.
  • Nominee should be a regular scientific staff of CSIR system and should have joined the CSIR laboratory on or prior to 26 September of the previous year.

Nomination :

Directors/ Chairperson of Research Councils / Bhatnagar Awardees can propose nominations only of scientists belonging to the CSIR laboratories/ institutes with which they are associated. Each of them can send normally a maximum of two nominations in each discipline.

Information regarding the nominations should be sent as per the prescribed proforma (WORD PDF Format) on or before the closing date (as notified every year). The details of the award and prescribed proforma for nomination can be downloaded from website: www.csirhrdg.res.in

Selection procedure :

  • Each nominee is required to make a brief presentation (15 minutes) about his/her research work before the concerned Advisory Committee. This may be followed by 5 minutes question-answer session / discussion.
  • No nomination will be considered in absentia.
  • The awards are given for outstanding contributions made by the Young CSIR scientists on work done primarily in India.
  • The award in a specific discipline may be withheld if no candidate of requisite merit is forthcoming in that year.
  • The recommendations of the Advisory Committees are subject to approval by the Governing Body of CSIR.

Presentation :

The CSIR Young Scientist Awards will be presented to the recipients on 26 September, the CSIR Foundation Day every year at a formal function arranged by CSIR.  At this ceremony, citations highlighting the work of the recipients are read out.

Research Project

After the selections, each Awardee is required to submit a research project indicating the contingency and equipment grant (OM: HRD/SSB-08NC/D/Awardee) that would be required by him/her for the pursuit of research as per his/her proposed project. Duration of the project may be for five years.  The project should have the approval of the Director/ Research Council of the laboratories/ institute. The project is to be carried out independently.  With effect from 1st April 1994, the Directors of CSIR laboratories/ institutes have been empowered to release the grant (presently Rs 5 lakh per annum per awardee, enhanced from the year 2008 onwards) for the approved projects to the CSIR Young Scientist Awardee, where he/ she is working.  Intimation regarding this should be sent to Head, HRDG along with a copy of the project for reference and record. The grant may be claimed from Human Resource Development Group, CSIR Complex, New Delhi, in the prescribed proforma along with annual progress report (Grant-in-aid Claim Bill).

How to Apply

Nominations addressed to Scientist Incharge, SSB YSA Unit, Human Resource Development (HRD) Group, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi 110 012 should be sent as per the prescribed proforma (original + one copy) latest by 31st January 2018. A CD/DVD/USB flash drive is also required containing digital photograph (in JPEG format), duly filled proforma and significant publications (in PDF format) of the nominee.

Nomination Proforma

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