Top 16 Biotech Fellowships & Awards By DBT / DST / CSIR & SERB
Indian Research domain is governed by various Government bodies namely DBT – Department of Biotechnology, DST – Department of Science & Technology, CSIR – Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, SERB – Science, and Engineering Research Board. The initiatives taken by these govt institutes in order to promote science & research has been tremendous in the past several years. With an aim to promote more & more indigenous research, various fellowships schemes and awards have been devised to encourage Indian researchers. Here we have tried to compile a list of all the major fellowships & awards given by DBT / DST / CSIR / SERB in the field of biological sciences.
CSIR Young Scientists Awards
IN 1987, CSIR – Council of Scientific & Industrial Research introduced, in 1987 introduced this scheme to promote excellence in different fields of science and technology. It is focused on recognizing outstanding contributions made by young CSIR scientists. Under this researcher are entitled to 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. Additionally, a Special Honorarium of Rs 7500/- pm is given to the awardees till the age of 45 years, till one is in service with CSIR. Research grant of Rs 25 lakh over a period of five years, is also given – Rs 5 lakh per annum per CSIR Young Scientist Awardee.
The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA)
Started back in 2005 this award is a career-oriented prize to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire for pursuing research in biotechnology. Age Limit – 35 years. Scientists without regular employment are also eligible to apply.
J C Bose National Fellowship
The J.C. Bose Fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists for their outstanding performance. The fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective. Under this scheme a fellowship amount of Rs. 25,000 per month is given in addition to regular income, A Research grant of Rs. 15.00 lakh per annum & an Overhead of Rs.1.00 lakh per annum to the host institute. The nominations for this fellowship are invited throughout the year via online mode. Age Limit – 68 years.
Women Scientist Scheme Under KIRAN
- Women Scientist Scheme-A (WOS-A): It has been conceptualized specifically women scientists and technologists. Its main goal is to provide opportunities and aid women scientists in pursuing research in basic or applied sciences in frontier areas of science and engineering.
2. Women Scientists Scheme-B (WOS-B): Focused on S&T options of challenges/issues in the grassroots level for societal benefit.
3. Women Scientists Scheme-C (WOS-C): Develop an opportunity for self-employment and/or also a sustainable career for the women scientists. The strategy provides a one-year internship at the domain of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) which comprises of concepts as well as hands-on training modules in law firms.
Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM
This Fellowship is designed specifically to reward & support Indian Women Scientists, Engineers & Technologists. Under thus Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) women scientists are provided with opportunities to undertake international collaborative research in premier institutions in the U.S.A. DST has launched the fellowship (WISTEMM)” jointly with Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).
Early Career Research Award (ECRA)
SERB-Early Career Research Award scheme is focused on providing quick support to young researchers for pursuing innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering. Under this one time award – a research grant of up to Rs. 50 Lakhs is given. The grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel, and contingency apart from overheads.
Scheme for Young Scientists & Technologist (SYST)
This DST scheme is focused on young scientists & technologists who have relevant background and training in the fields of science and engineering and show a tendency to undertake socially applicable action research endeavors. This is also to promote academic institutions, national labs and other S&T associations (like voluntary associations ) to create social projects involving young scientists & technologists.
National Post Doctoral Fellowship (NPDF)
Under SERB-National Post Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF) young researchers are provided with support for pursuing research in areas of science and engineering. It allows a young researcher to work under a fellow mentor with an aim to provide them a platform to develop as an independent researcher. One cannot avail this at the same Department/institution where the candidates have earned their Ph.D./M.S/M.D degree. Duration of the fellowship is temporary and is tenable initially for a period of 2 years. The upper age limit for the fellowship is 35 years at the time of the submission of application.
Student Startup NIDHI Award
Student Start-up NIDHI award aims to take forward student inventions in IEDC/NewGen IEDC to commercialization stage and quicken the journey of thought to prototype by providing initial funding assistance. NSTEDB, DST has taken this initiative of helping startups with initial / ignition funding. It aims to support maximum 20 student start-ups in each calendar year favorably with Rs 10.00 lakh each year.
Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship
This fellowship scheme offers opportunities for up to 100 PhD students from Indian institutions for gaining exposure and training in overseas universities or institutions of repute in areas of importance for the country for a duration of 12 months during their doctoral research. The scheme is aimed at facilitating international mobility of Indian research students to create a globally trained research manpower.
SERB Distinguished Investigator Award (DIA)
This award has been designed specifically to reward remarkable Principal Investigators (PIs) working in SERB & DST projects. The strategy aims not just to benefit the very best PIs but also to inspire the continuing PIs to perform exceedingly well. DIA is a one-time career award devised to especially appeal to the younger scientists who haven’t received any other prestigious awards or fellowships.
AWSAR (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research)
The National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) strategized this award to promote science writing among young PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows during the course of their higher studies and research pursuits. 100 valid entries from PhD scholars are awarded every year, Out of which 20 best entries are shortlisted further exclusively by Post-Doctoral Fellows and are given monetary incentives, the highest goes upto Rs 1 Lakh.
Scheme for funding High Risk-High Reward Research
It aims at supporting research proposals that are conceptually new and risky, and if successful, expected to have a paradigm-shifting influence on science & technology in India. This may be in terms of formulating a new hypothesis, or any scientific breakthroughs which aid in emergence of new technologies. Funding duration is up to 3 years with No budget limit. The research grant covers equipment, consumables, contingency and travels apart from overhead grants.
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology
The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize is handed out every year for outstanding contributions to science and technology in India. The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar. Under this award Rs 5,00,000 (Rupees five lakh only) each are awarded annually for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines: (i) Biological Sciences, (ii) Chemical Sciences, (iii) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, (iv) Engineering Sciences, (v) Mathematical Sciences, (vi) Medical Sciences and (vii) Physical Sciences.
CSIR-Industry Sponsored Research Fellowship Scheme
In order to nurture budding scientific talents in India and to nourish the objective of the pursuit of scientific research, this fellowship scheme was formalized. CSIR-NET/GATE Qualified candidates with a valid certificate can only apply for this fellowship. Duration of the fellowship is for 5 years. Financial assistance to the research fellows under this scheme is same to that of the slabs followed for CSIR-NET/GATE or can be even higher as agreed by the industry partner.
CSIR Raman Research Fellowships
Applications are invited for the Raman Research Fellowships only from CSIR researchers for carrying out research in the emerging/high priority technology areas. It’s tenable at foreign institutions / R&D Centres of Excellence. The whole cost is met by CSIR HQs.
These are the list of few fellowship schemes offered by the government to scientists & researchers in the biological science field. We would like to encourage all young biotech researchers & scientists to apply for the above fellowship’s scheme as per the criteria that matches your profile. This will not only give you monetary help to pursue your research but will also give a huge push in your scientific & research career both in India & abroad. Some of the above fellowships are open throughout the year, while notification for some is released in specific months. Biotecnika posts the notifications as and when it is released. Download Biotecnika App today to be updated about all the fellowship schemes posted above. If we missed out mentioning any important fellowship scheme do comment below with details.
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