Indo-German Cooperation in Health Research
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Indo-German Cooperation in Health Research

ICMR – IndoGerman Cooperation in Health Research – Call for Proposals 2019 notification has been released. Interested and eligible candidates are requested to check out all of the details on the proposal, eligibility, evaluation criteria, selection criteria, application procedure and more below:

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Within the agreement of Indo-German cooperation in S&T of 1974 and the ICMR-GSF special arrangement of 1976 further renewed in 1990 with the addendum of ICMR-IB/BMBF at DLR of 2005, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) support Research and Development projects in fields of common interest.

The purpose of the funding initiative is to stimulate new collaborations, e.g. the preparation of joint projects under national funding programmes. The initiative facilitates bilateral cooperation between the scientific communities of India and Germany by way of joint research projects, bilateral workshops/seminars, exchange visits of scientists, scientific delegations and composite (scientific and industrial) delegations.

1. Nodal Implementing Agencies

The Indian Council of Medical Research under the Department of Health Research (DHR) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi and the

Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT, European and International Cooperation), Bonn on behalf of BMBF, Germany, are the nodal implementing agencies from the Indian and German side respectively.

2. Areas of cooperation

Proposals submitted in the following priority areas/subareas (especially in the Indian context) in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) would be preferred.

1). Mechanisms of resistance

a) Characterization of MDR Gram-negative isolates (molecular characterization, molecular typing) including gene variants, genetic environment, plasmid analysis, horizontal gene transfer, resistance dynamics
b) Rapid diagnosis of invasive infection by MDR gram-negative
c) Analysis of the mobilome/resistome in patients

2). New Antibiotic development and treatment strategies focused on the drug-resistant pathogens covering novel targets and novel diagnostics:

a) Studies on antimicrobial molecule discovery, optimization and profiling;
b) Scope to include other innovative treatment modalities such as phages, biologics, delivery systems, oligonucleotides.

3. Evaluation and selection criteria

  • Relevance to German and Indian national programmes and multinational programmes (e.g. EU-programmes);
  • Quality and originality of research approach;
  • Qualification of applicant and availability of infrastructure;
  • Expected results and outcomes;
  • Preparation of new projects in applied fields of mutual benefit and justification for collaboration;
  • Proposals should include young scientists.

4. Who can apply?

Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in universities, national R&D laboratories/ institutes and private R&D institutes can apply under this programme.
Private Sector: Partners from all kind of private sectors are welcome, but financing is limited:

1. For Indian scientists from the private sector, only local hospitality in Germany as part of the exchange visit is available from the German side;

2. For German scientists from the private sector, only travel costs are available for small and medium-sized enterprises (for the definition of SME ref. to 2003/361/EC) as well as local hospitality in India will be borne by themselves.

5. Project duration

Up to 36 months.

6. Processing

Joint research projects are required to be submitted in the given format to both nodal agencies by 1st April 2019. Unilaterally submitted projects shall not be considered.

On the Indian side, the Indian investigators need to submit applications online through the ICMR portal in prescribed format along with other necessary documents (listed out on the ICMR website: – International collaborations /Online submission of international collaborative projects/HMSC).

On the German side, PT-DLR requests electronic applications (+ 1 paper version signed by the project coordinator) in English or German language).

All received proposals are peer-reviewed and processed independently by both sides. It is expected that all jointly selected projects are likely to receive support from September 2019.

7. Kind of support available

Financial support is available from the respective nodal agencies from the two sides for the exchange visits and research funds under the approved projects (Indian component of research funds to Indian researchers by ICMR and for German researchers by BMBF) as per the financial terms given below. However, the funds are released by ICMR on annual basis after reviewing the progress report submitted by the Indian Principal Investigator (PI).

7.1. Consumables: Support for consumables may cover the additional expenditures necessary to support the stay of the partner scientist in the respective institution.
It is expected that participating Indian institutes themselves support in general for equipment, manpower, consumables, etc. Reasonable and limited support may be available for PI’s from public institutions.

7.2.1. Travel: The sending side (ICMR or PT-DLR) covers the total cost of travel (economy class) of the visiting personnel (except private sector in case of ICMR) between places of work in India and Germany, VISA fees, airport taxes and overseas medical insurance. Funding by DLR-PT to German experts travelling to India covers the costs for international flights (economy), travelling to the German airport, and VISA only. Other travelling costs, e.g. insurances and departure taxes (if applicable) are borne by the sending institute or company.

7.2.2. Allowances*: The receiving side shall provide living expenses (except private sector in case of ICMR), connected with the agreed programme of the visit. In general, visits should not exceed 3 months.

  Short-term (up to 30 days) Long-term (max. 3 months)
Indian scientists to Germany: 104 Euro per day (1 to 22 days); max. 2.300 Euro for 23 to 30 days 2.300 Euro per month
German scientists to India:  Rs. 2500/- per day upto 20 days; max. Rs 50,000 for 21 to 30 days

Plus accommodation in Institutional guest house

Rs. 50,000/- per month plus

accommodation  in  Institutional guest house

Rs. 1750/- for single days exceeding full months


7.3. Other: e.g. German universities may apply for a 20 % overhead (“Projektpauschale”) to be paid by the German side.

8. Expected project outcomes

It is expected that the funded cooperation enables the partners to develop applicable scientific results which can be published and/ or could be commercialised and may lead to the formation of joint ventures. All publications, patents coming out of these projects, need to be jointly authored by both Indian and German scientists. All necessary approvals like IRB clearance, HMSC approval from the Indian point of view as well as EU, if applicable, from the German point of view, e.g. before conducting animal experimentation, if any needs to be obtained by PIs before undertaking the project.

9. Time table

  • Deadline for submission of completed applications – 1st April 2019
  • Proposed commencement of Projects likely from – 1st September 2019

10. Contact persons for submission of proposals:


Dr. Harpreet Sandhu
Scientist F, International Health Division (IHD)
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110 029, India
Telefax:0091-11-26589492 E-mail: [email protected]
ICMR Website:

Alternate official Dr. Mukesh Kumar
Scientist G and Head, International Health Division (IHD)
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110 029, India
Telefax: 0091-11-26588755
E-mail: [email protected]


Dr. Kamini Walia
Scientist F, Div. of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases,
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110 029, India
Telefax:0091-11-26588895 Ext-310
E-mail: [email protected]


Mrs. Dörte Merk
Scientific Officer
European and International Cooperation
Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1 53227 Bonn, Germany
Telephone +49 228 3821-1442; Telefax +49 228 3821-1444
E-mail: [email protected]
PT-DLR website:

Alternate Official: Dr. Martin Goller ,
German Aerospace Center (DLR-PT) (German Project Office)
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1, D-53227 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49-22838211407
E-mail: [email protected]

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