Ministry of Power, Government of
India has entrusted the Central Power Research Institute to act as
the nodal agency to manage the Research Scheme on Power [RSOP]
including the funding for the Research programme. Techno-economic
evaluation, monitoring and optimal utilization of resources are the
major responsibilities of CPRI. This was earlier carried out by
CBI&P and is now being managed by CPRI, since April 2001.
||II. Name of scheme(s)
Research Scheme on
basically aims to provide fund for carrying out need based research
projects in power sector including solving of power system
operational problems in the country.
Generally power utilities in the-central and
state sectors can apply for this fund for solving their operational
problems. However, if certain problems requiring theoretical studies,
Academic and R&D Institutions can also submit proposals.
The Information has been published in the web site of CPRI
and its link is available on the website of the Ministry of Power
also. The details include proposal formats, general areas of
research, selection mechanism, Monitoring mechanism etc.
When and how to submit a proposal
RSOP expert committee
meets 3 to 4 times in an year to consider the new project proposals
in the pipe line for funding under RSOP. The proposals in the order
of their receipt will be considered by the committee including the
revised proposals from previous meetings.
The research areas include but not limited
I) Power system planning, improvement, studies
II) Diagnostic and condition monitoring of power system equipments.
III) Reliability enhancement of power station equipment etc.
However, pertinent projects in the power sector on specific case will
also be considered.
Components of grant
Size of the project in terms of financial outlay is in the range of
Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs of duration within 2 years. Generally 15%
of overhead charges are allowed to be built into the cost of the
Items not allowed out of grant
Inclusion of salary component of permanent research staff is not
encouraged; However cost towards hiring temporary research staff for
the duration of the project is acceptable.
Mechanism of implementation and monitoring
The projects are
evaluated by an expert committee [RSOP-Expert Committee] constituted
for this purpose. The committee comprises experts from different
organizations in the power sector like BHEL, NTPC, IISc. POWERGRID,
CEA, CPRI, State Utilities etc. The Governing Council of CPRI chaired
by Secretary (Power), Govt. of India, is final authority for
approving the recommendations of the RSOP-Expert Committee.
Projects are monitored by RSOP Cell of the R & D
Coordination Division of CPRI in Bangalore. Quarterly progress
reports (physical & financial) are to be furnished by the
Investigating Organizations. Review of progress is done by the RSOP
Expert committee at Bangalore or at respective investigating
||Contact Address: Joint Director (R&D)
Central Power Research Institute Ministry of Power P B No.8066
Bangalore 560 080
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