A highly competitive new scheme instituted by the Department of
Biotechnology to recognize and reward scientists with outstanding track
record in biological sciences and a deep commitment to find innovative
solutions to major problems in health care, agriculture and other areas
related to life sciences and biotechnology. The scientist should have
publications of highest order and contributed to knowledge generation
that has created significant impact in the field or translational possibilities
for development of a process or product. The scientist must have done
some specific work with high degree of innovation. The nominee should
also highlight prestigious award(s) and other recognitions such as fellowship(s)
of major academies. This scheme is intended to complement similar schemes
of other funding agencies. The aim is to reward interdisciplinary work
of high quality with emphasis on innovation. All areas of Life Sciences
and Biotechnology including related areas in health care, agriculture,
engineering, environment science, etc. will be covered by this fellowship.
i) The fellowship is open to Indian Nationals residing in India who are
below the age of 60 years.
ii) The applicant should possess a Ph.D degree in Life Sciences, Agriculture,
Veterinary Science or a Master?s degree in Medical Sciences, Engineering
or an equivalent degree in Biotechnology related areas. The applicant
must have adequate professional experience in the specific area.
iii) The candidate must have a regular position in a University/Institute/Organization
and should be engaged in research and development. If he/she is availing
any other fellowship, he/she will have to opt for only one of the fellowships.
iv) Under this highly competitive scheme only a limited number of awards
will be given every year.
Duration: The duration of the fellowship will be initially for three years,
extendable further by two years on a fresh appraisal.
The amount of the fellowship will be Rs.20,000/- per month in addition
to regular salary from the host institute. In addition, each Fellow will
receive a contingency grant of Rs. 5.00 lakh per annum for meeting the
expenses on consumables, equipment, international and domestic travel,
manpower and other contingent expenditure to be incurred in connection
with the implementation of ongoing research. The Fellows are expected
to play a mentoral role by organizing a science meeting during the tenure
of the fellowship with predominantly young scientists as participants.
The number of scientists participating in such meetings should be in the
range of 15- 30. The meeting will create a road map for research in his/her
area of interest.DBT will provide support of the meeting.
The Tata Innovation Fellows would be eligible for regular research grant(s)
through extramural and other research schemes of various S&T agencies
of theGovernment of India.The candidate will continue to work at the place
of his/her employment. The Institution where the candidate is working
would provide the necessary infrastructure and administrative support
for pursuing the research.
The nominations (10 copies) duly forwarded by the host institute may
be sent to Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, Principal Scientific Officer, Department
of Biotechnology, Block-2,6-8th Floor, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi
? 110 003 on the prescribed format (available on DBT website www.dbtindia.gov.in)
||Source: Department of
Biotechnology, Govt. of India