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CSIR-Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2021 – For Science & Technology

CSIR-Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2021 – For Science & Technology. Nominations are invited for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSBP) 2021. Interested and eligible candidates can check out all of the details on the same below:

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Nominations are invited for
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for
Science and Technology 2021

The Council of Scientific and also Industrial Research (CSIR) welcomes nominations for
the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prizes in Science and also Technology for the
the year 2021. The SSB Prizes are to be given for research contributions made largely in India during the past 5 years. The age of the nominee for the SSB Prize 2021 ought to not be more than 45 years as on 31 December 2020.

The SSB Prizes are awarded for notable as well as exceptional research, applied or
fundamental, in the following disciplines: 1) Biological Sciences 2) Chemical Sciences 3) Earth-Atmosphere-Ocean-Planetary Sciences 4) Engineering Sciences 5) Mathematical Sciences 6) Medical Sciences and also 7) Physical Sciences. The SSB Prize carries a cash award, a citation and a plaque for each scientist selected for the award.


a) The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and also Technology’.

b) The Prize is given every year for outstanding contributions to science and technology.

Nature of the Prize:

SSB Prizes, each of the value of Rs 5,00,000 (Rupees 5 lakh only) *, are awarded annually for notable as well as outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines: (1) Biological (2) Chemical (3) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary (4) Engineering (5) Mathematical (6) Medical and (7) Physical Sciences.


Recognition of exceptional Indian work in science and also technology.


a) Any citizen of India engaged in research in any kind of field of science and also technology as much as the age of 45 years as reckoned on 31st December of the year preceding the year of the Prize. An overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) working in India are also eligible.

b) The Prize is bestowed on a person that, in the opinion of CSIR, has made notably essential and also outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress– fundamental and also applied– in the specific area of endeavour, which is his/her specialization.

c) The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India throughout the 5 years preceding the year of the Prize. (For this purpose ‘mainly’ will certainly mean ‘for the most part’).

Award of the Prize:

  • In awarding the Prize, the Governing Body of CSIR is guided by the recommendations of the Advisory Committees constituted under clause 10.


  • Names of applicants may be proposed by a member of the Governing Body of CSIR; Presidents of academies of all-India character; Vice Chancellors of Indian Universities; regarded Universities and Institutions of national importance; Deans of Science, Engineering, Medical, Agriculture, as well as Technology Faculties; Directors of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT); Directors General of the major R&D Organizations, such as the Defence Research & Development Organization, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Indian Council of Medical Research, India Meteorological Department; Chairmen of Atomic Energy Commission, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, etc.; Directors of CSIR Laboratories/ Institutes, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, etc.; Secretaries of the Government Science Departments like the Department of Atomic Energy, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Environment, the Department of Information Technology, the Department of Ocean Development, the Department of Science and also Technology, the Department of Scientific as well as Industrial Research, the Department of Space; etc., Member in-charge (Science) in the Planning Commission; and also the former Bhatnagar Prize Awardees.
  • University Faculties ought to recommend scientists working in their institutions only as well as route nominations with their corresponding Vice-Chancellors, while the Faculties in IITs are called for to send their nominations through their Directors. The Directors General of the R&D Organizations, as well as the Chairmen of Commissions, might sponsor names of scientists working in their particular organizations. The Directors of CSIR laboratories/ institutes can nominate candidates in disciplines of their interest irrespective of the fact whether they are working in CSIR labs/ institutes or outside. The recipient of a Bhatnagar Prize can send the nomination of one person just for each year’s award. Nominations from other individuals sponsoring their very own names or of others are not acceptable. Each nomination, as per the recommended Pro-forma, need to be accompanied by a detailed statement of work as well as attainments of the nominee and also a vital assessment report (not greater than 500 words) drawing out the importance of substantial research and development contributions of the nominee made during the 5 years preceding the year of the Prize. Nominations not made as per prescribed format are unacceptable.
  • An applicant, when nominated, would be thought about for a complete duration of 3 years, if age-wise eligible. As soon as such a nomination has been received, CSIR may correspond directly with the nominator for supplementary info, if needed. In case a nominee has actually resigned from his present position in India and has actually gone abroad, his nomination would certainly become invalid instantly.

Advisory Committees:

a) The Advisory Committees for every year’s award is constituted with the approval of the Chairman of the Governing body of CSIR. The Committees contain at the very least six experts including at the very least one former Bhatnagar Awardee in the corresponding discipline. On receipt of nominations for a specific year, CSIR circulates the list of nominees together with the detailed statement of work and attainments of each candidate to all members of the Advisory Committee pertaining to the concerned discipline. CSIR convenes meetings of the numerous Advisory Committees in consultation with the Chairmen, for selecting the recipients of the SSB Prizes. The compositions of various Committees, the info submitted for their scrutiny, the proceedings of the meetings and the procedure for consideration of the nominations, other than as detailed herein, are kept confidential.

b) Where the recommendation for the Prize is unanimous or not less than 2/3rd of the members of the Advisory Committee have agreed to one name (or maximum of two names in case they are judged to be of equivalent merit), the recommendations are submitted to CSIR for approval.

c) The award of the Prize in a specific discipline may be withheld by CSIR in any year, if, in the opinion of the Advisory Committee, no sufficiently meritorious candidate is found suitable in that year.


a) The names of the recipients are made public on 26 September, the CSIR Foundation Day by the Director-General, CSIR.

b) The Prizes are awarded at a formal presentation ceremony arranged by CSIR. At the ceremony, a suitable citation on work of the recipient of the Prize is readout.

c) The SSB Awardee should give a lecture in the area of the award, especially in a small college or a CSIR lab preferably away from the Awardee’s city for the dissemination of science. HRDG can help by providing TA/DA for this.

d) In all matters of award of SSB Prizes, the decision of CSIR shall be final.

How to Apply:

Nominations addressed to Scientist Incharge – SSB YSA Unit, CSIR HRDG New Delhi must be submitted in the prescribed format along with reprints of significant publications of the last 5 year’s period via e-mail to [email protected] on or before 31st March 2021. No hardcopy to follow. Please visit www.csirhrdg.res.in for further details and nomination format.

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