Following are the agencies that fund extramural grants for the Center's breakthrough research:

Government Agencies

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-csir-indiaEstablished in 1942, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is an autonomous body and India's largest Research and Development (R & D) organisation, with 39 laboratories and 50 field stations or extension centers spread across the nation, with a collective staff of over 17,000.

Although CSIR is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860.

The research and development activities of CSIR includes various fields such as aerospace engineering, structural engineering, ocean sciences, molecular biology, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food, petroleum, leather, and environment.

Department of Bio-Technology (DBT), New Delhi, India

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-dbt-indiaThe Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) set up in 1986 comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, and is responsible for administrating development in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India . Through several research and development projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities, a clear visible impact of this field has been seen.

The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry. The proven technologies at the laboratory level have been scaled up and demonstrated in field. Patenting of innovations, technology transfer to industries and close interaction with them have given a new direction to biotechnology research.

Initiatives have been taken to promote transgenic research in plants with emphasis on pest and disease resistance, nutritional quality, silk-worm genome analysis, molecular biology of human genetic disorders, brain research, plant genome research, development, validation and commercialisation of diagnostic kits and vaccines for communicable diseases, food biotechnology, biodiversity conservation and bioprospecting, setting up of micropropagation parks and biotechnology based development for rural areas, women and for different States.

DBT's Mandates are to:

  1. Promote large scale use of Biotechnology
  2. Support R & D and manufacturing in Biology
  3. Responsibility for Autonomous Institutions
  4. Promote University and Industry Interaction
  5. Identify and Set up Centres of Excellence for R & D
  6. Integrated Programme for Human Resource Development
  7. To serve as Nodal Point for specific International Collaborations
  8. Establishment of Infrastructure Facilities to support R & D and production
  9. Evolve Bio Safety Guidelines, manufacture & application of cell based vaccines
  10. Serve as nodal point for the collection & dissemination of information relating to biotechnology


Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi, India

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-dst-indiaDST was established in May 1971 with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S & T activities in the country.

The major responsibilities for specific projects and programs are:

  1. Formulation of policies relating to Science and Technology.
  2. Matters relating to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SACC).
  3. Promotion of new areas of Science and Technology with special emphasis on emerging areas:
    • R & D through its research institutions or laboratories for development of indigenous technologies concerning bio - fuel production, processing, standardization and applications, in co-ordination with the concerned Ministry or Department.
    • R & D activities to promote utilisation of by-products to development value added chemicals.
  4. Futurology.
  5. Coordination and integration of areas of Science & Technology having cross - sectoral linkages in which a number of institutions and departments have interest and capabilities.
  6. Undertaking or financially sponsoring scientific and technological surveys, research design and development, where necessary.
  7. Support and Grants-in-aid to Scientific Research Institutions, Scientific Associations and Bodies.
  8. All matters concerning:
    a) Science and Engineering Research Council.
    b) Technology Development Board and related Acts.
    c) National Council for Science and Technology Communication.
    d) National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board.
    e) International Science and Technology Cooperation including appointment of scientific attaches abroad.
    f) Autonomous Science and Technology Institutions relating to the subject under the Department of Science and Technology including Institute of Astro-physics, and Institute of Geo - magnetism.
    g) Professional Science Academies promoted and funded by Department of Science and Technology.
    h) The Survey of India, and National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation.
    i) National Spatial Data Infrastructure and promotion of G. I. S.
    j) The National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad.
  9. Matters commonly affecting Scientific and technological departments / organisations / institutions.
  10. Management Information Systems for Science and Technology and coordination.
  11. Matters regarding Inter - Agency / Inter - Departmental coordination for evolving science and technology missions.
  12. Matters concerning domestic technology particularly the promotion of ventures involving the commercialization of such technology other than those under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  13. All other measures needed for the promotion of science and technology and their application to the development and security of the nation.
  14. Matters relating to institutional Science and Technology capacity building including setting up of new institutions and institutional infrastructure.
  15. Promotion of Science and Technology at the State, District, and Village levels for grass- roots development through State Science and Technology Councils and other mechanisms.
  16. Application of Science and Technology for weaker sections, women and other disadvantaged sections of Society.


Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-icmrThe Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is also one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. Extramural research is promoted by ICMR by establishing Centres for Advanced Research in different research areas around existing expertise and infrastructure in selected departments of Medical Colleges, Universities and other non - ICMR Research Institutes.

The ICMR also funds task force studies which emphasise a time - bound, goal - oriented approach with clearly defined targets, specific time frames, standardized and uniform methodologies, and often a multicentric structure. Open ended research is conducted on the basis of applications for grants-in-aid received from scientists in non - ICMR Research Institutes, Medical colleges and Universities located in different parts of the country.

In addition to research activities, the ICMR encourages human resource development in biomedical research through Research Fellowships, Short-Term Visiting Fellowships, Short-Term Research Studentships, and various training programmes and workshops conducted by ICMR institutes and headquarters.

For retired medical scientists and teachers, the Council offers the position of Emeritus Scientist to enable them to continue or take up research on specific biomedical topics. The Council also awards prizes to Indian scientists, in recognition of significant contributions to biomedical research. At present, the Council offers 38 awards, of which 11 are meant exclusively for young scientists (below 40 years).

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI)

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-mfpi-indiaMinistry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI), a ministry of the Government of India responsible for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to food processing in India. The ministry was set up in the year 1988, with a view to develop a strong and vibrant food processing industry, to create increased employment in rural sector and enable farmers to reap the benefits of modern technology and to create a surplus for exports and stimulating demand for processed food.

Goals of MFPI:

  1. Better utilisation and value addition of agricultural produce for enhancement of income of farmers.
  2. Minimising wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by the development of infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro - food produce.
  3. Induction of modern technology into the food processing industries from both domestic and external sources.
  4. Maximum utilisation of agricultural residues and by-products of the primary agricultural produce as also of the processed industry.
  5. To encourage R & D in food processing for product and process development and improved packaging.
  6. To provide policy support, promotional initiatives and physical facilities to promote value added exports.


University Grants Commission (UGC) of India

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-ugc-indiaThe University Grants Commission of India is a statutory organisation set up by Union government in 1956, for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education. It provides recognition for universities in India, and provides funds for government - recognised universities and colleges.Its headquarters are in New Delhi, with six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore.

Indo - International Agencies

Indo - US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

amrita-center-nanosciences-philanthropists-iusstfThe Indo - US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyses Indo - US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.

As a grant making organisation, the principle objective of IUSSTF is to provide opportunities, to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavours of mutual interest that can translate the power of science for the benefit of mankind at large.

IUSSTF strives to:

  1. Foster scientific excellence by capitalising on the scientific & technological synergy.
  2. Disseminate information and create awareness through scientific exchange.
  3. Build linkages through networking between academia and industry.
  4. Explore new frontiers by nurturing contacts between young & mid career scientists & technologists.
  5. Pave way to sustainable interactions and build long term relationships.
  6. Encourage public-private partnership to foster elements innovation & entrepreneurship.