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BRICS Multilateral Projects 2021, Applications Invited

BRICS Multilateral Projects 2021, Applications Invited. DST 5th Call For BRICS Multilateral Projects 2021, Applications Invited. Interested and eligible applicants can check out all of the details on the same below

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BRICS STI Framework Programme
5th coordinated call for BRICS multilateral projects 2021


The BRICS STI Framework Programme aims to support excellent research on priority areas that can best be addressed by a multinational approach. The initiative should facilitate cooperation among the researchers and institutions in the consortia which consist of partners from at least three of the BRICS countries.


Following research funding organizations from the BRICS countries have agreed to support BRICS Call –

  • Brazil –
    National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)
  • Russia – 
    Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE)
    Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MSHE)
  • India –
    Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology
    Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology
  • China –
    Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • South Africa –
    Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)
    National Research Foundation (NRF)
    South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
    Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)
    Water Research Commission (WRC)

3. Aim of the Joint Call and Thematic areas

To support collaborative multilateral basic, applied or innovation research projects in the following thematic areas can be submitted in response to the call

  1. Transient astronomical events and Deep Survey science;
  2. Antimicrobial resistance: technologies for diagnosis and treatment;
  3. Simulation and big data analytics for advanced precision medicine and public healthcare;
  4. High Performance Computing (HPC) and BigData for Sustainable Development: Solving Large Scale Ecological, Climate and Pollution problems;
  5. Innovation and entrepreneurship on Photonic, Nano-photonics and metamaterials for
    addressing bio-medicine, agriculture, food industry and energy harvesting issues;
  6. Materials science and nanotechnology for addressing environmental, climate change,
    agricultural, food and energy issues;
  7. Renewable energy, including smart grid integration;
  8. Ocean and polar science and technology;
  9. Water treatment technology;
  10. Research in aeronautics and aerospace


Eligible Indian partners can be Legal Scientific research entities from public/private academic institutions, national R&D laboratories, R&D entities having recognition as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under the scheme on Recognition of Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (SIRO), 1988. The scientific R&D performing Indian industry may participate voluntarily in this call with participating Indian industry investing its own resources or come in collaboration with research/academic organization, but by investing their own resources.

Consortium – A joint proposal will comprise of at least one PI from each of the participating countries, and a project coordinator or the leading PI acting as the overall project coordinator. Project consortia should consist of partners from at least three BRICS countries. All applicants must fulfil their respective national eligibility rules for research grant applications.

5. Funding Support (DST/DBT)

5.1 Maximum Indian support for each Project – Upto Indian Rupees Rs. 2.0 crore approx with full justification of budget heads for 2/3 years duration subject to obligatory fulfilment of eligibility criteria. The project duration should match up with the durations of all partner countries.


  1. The applicants to clearly define project goals along with timelines that could be achieved within project duration (i.e. 2/3 years).
  2. Outcome/deliverables need to be specified
  3. The applicants need to provide a short account of ongoing bilateral/multilateral projects with BRICS Member States and BRICS countries at large if any. This is required to determine the essentiality/redundancy of India-BRICS countries and the genuine need for applying for grants under the present coordinated Call for BRICS.
  4. The proposals should clearly bring out novelty and innovation components vis-à-vis global scenario
  5. Scientific and technological benchmarks.
  6. The proposal should elaborate linkages proposed to be developed amongst various project consortium partners for optimization of time and achievement of deliverables g) The project management, milestones, quantitative parameters for monitoring and internal monitoring systems/ procedures need to be spelt out
  7. The proposal should bring out industrial partners’ (if any) commitment to taking forward successful solutions for wider applications.
  8. The proposal should clearly demonstrate balanced participation of BRICS partners with
    properly integrated research activities and complementary roles.
  9. The IPR sharing will be governed by national domestic laws and under the framework of BRICS STI MoU and/or India bilateral S&T Agreement with BRICS Countries as applicable. The Indian PI along with other BRICS partners will have to submit an IPR sharing arrangement, technical annex document and Consortium Agreement, in case, the proposal is finally selected for funding support.
  10. Selected PROJECT PI will have to submit necessary documents such as checklist, IPR
    the arrangement, approvals of necessary authority such as ICMR, National Biodiversity Authority, Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM), Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) and approval for pre-clinical and or human clinical trials etc as the case may, and any other documents required by DST/DBT

PROCESS FOR SUBMISSION OF National application of JOINT R&D PROJECT PROPOSALS to national funding agency –

  1. The shortlisted pre-proposals have been published on The same has been enlisted at annex IV.
  2. Submission of National Application by the Lead Project Investigator (whose proposal has been shortlisted as per point. 8.1) has to submit the National Application to their funding agency in their respective country in the prescribed format on or before the closing date. Please note that the closing date in different BRICS countries may vary. In India single National Application must be submitted online ONLY at DST’s Electronic Project Management System (e-PMS) until 31st March 2022 in the prescribed format along with other necessary documents. No hard copy will be accepted.

Note – This is an additional requirement in each participating country. Please ensure that your collaborators have also submitted the national document in their respective countries

Last date for Receipt of Applications

Online National Application must be submitted by 31st March 2022 after which the web-link will be AUTOMATICALLY disabled.


  1. Applications submitted to the Call Secretariat by any method other than through online
    submission forms such as post, fax or telex will be rejected.
  2. Incomplete or wrongly filled up application format applications lacking essential documents will be summarily rejected. Any legal proceedings in respect to any matter of claim or dispute arising out of this advertisement and/or application can be lodged only in Delhi courts/tribunals/ forums and Delhi courts/ tribunal/ forums only shall have the sole and exclusive jurisdiction to try any case/dispute.
  3. Proposal submitted through e-mail will not be entertained. Submission of proposals other than the prescribed format shall summarily be rejected without any further processing as per program norms.

Contact Information

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology

Dr. Mahak Garg
Scientist ‘B’
Department of Science and Technology
Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
Phone – 011 26567373
Email – [email protected].

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology

Dr. Manish Rana
Scientist ‘F’
Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science &Technology Govt. of India
Phone – 011 24363012
Email – [email protected].

List of Documents Required for Online Submission

The followings documents may be prepared by Indian PI and uploaded on the DST Portal The requisite formats are listed below.

  1. Biodata
  2. Certificate from Investigator(s) [annexure I]
  3. Endorsement from the Head of Institution (on letter head) [annexure II]
  4. Conflict of Interest [annexure III]
  5. Complete Proposal (1pdf file and 1Doc file) as indicated in an online portal

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