The development in Ocean Science
& Technology is linked with achievements in other scientific and
technological areas. The research efforts should lead to fundamental
understanding and ensure predictive capabilities. An important
component of the development programme is technology. To be self
reliant such technologies would have to be largely developed, tested
and operated indigenously. Several new technologies will have to be
commercialized and made cost effective. Creation of self reliant
technological base puts a heavy demand on fully trained personnel and
creation of infrastructure and facilities which has to be properly
planned. Recognizing the above, the Department of Ocean Development
(DOD) has reoriented Ocean Research & Manpower Development
Programs and nine Ocean Science and Technology Cells have been set up
Universities/IIT with a view to create Centres of Excellence.
||II Name of scheme(s)
Research Projects (ARPs) in Ocean Sciences (MRDF)
Training for Ocean Research & Management (MMDP)
i) To encourage research in newly
emerging and front-line areas of Marine Geology and Geophysics,
Marine Coastal Ecology, Marine Biology, Marine Microbiology, Coastal
Marine Culture Systems, Marine Benthos, Beach Placers, Ocean
Engineering and Under Water Robotics.
considered for support under the programme include physical and
chemical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, marine
geophysics, ocean engineering, marine ecology, meteorology, marine
instrumentation etc. Besides purely scientific projects, assistance
is also extended to projects which have politico-geographic or social
dimensions of the Indian Ocean and Antarctica.
Under the MMDP Scheme, only fellowships & contingencies are
i) To encourage Research
Organizations, Institutions, IITs, Universities to undertake projects
with industrial tie-ups.
ii) To generate reliable data and
iii)To strengthen/create infrastructure
facilities in Universities/Institutions/Organizations to generate
manpower in the fields of Marine Science and Technology.
Who can submit a proposal
Scientists working in Research
Institutions and Universities etc.
When and how to
submit a proposal
The proposal (six copies) in the
prescribed format can be submitted any time during the year. The
format can be downloaded from the website.
of research support
Newly emerging and front-line areas of
Marine Geology and Geophysics, Marine Coastal Ecology, Marine
Biology, Marine Microbiology, Coastal Marine Culture Systems, Marine
Benthos, Beach Placers, Ocean Engineering and Under Water Robotics.
Components of grant
Salaries for research staff,
equipment and contingencies.
Items not allowed out
Basic infrastructure and funds for building etc.
Mechanism of monitoring and implementation
Department clears the projects based on priority areas, the
fulfilment of certain basic criteria regarding their objectives of
direct relevance to ocean science, approach and competence available
at the Institution/University/Organization etc. The PI is required to
submit 3 copies of the report of the progress of the project by
second week of April of every year during the entire duration of the
project. The Management Board of the Ocean Science and Technology
Cell reviews the progress of the work and suggests measures to ensure
an early realization of the results of the project. During the
execution period of the project, the host
Institution/University/Organization is required to extend all
facilities to the Committee of Experts coming for inspection/review.
||Contact Address: The Director
Ocean Research &
Manpower Development Programme Department of Ocean Development Block
12, CGO Complex, Lodi Road New Delhi-110 003
Tel. No.: (011)
24306839, 24362278 Fax No.: (Oil) 24360336,24360779