CSIR-Fundamental & Innovative Research in Science of Tomorrow



Call for proposal (Second Round)

Last Date for submission of Proposal: 15-Feb-2021

Proposals are invited for consideration for funding under the CSIR-FIRST scheme. Basic scientific research is an essential component of a knowledge based society and provides platform for future readiness of a nation. The current program opens the challenge to the CSIR laboratories to come up with cutting edge programs for competitive funding. The research grant will be support promising/performing scientists to take their research to next level.

Funding under this scheme will be mainly based on two factors; 1) Uniqueness of the fundamental question(s) being addressed and 2) feasibility of the program based on past track record. In this context, the proposal should stand out in the international level. Scientists are encourage to propose out of box type and high-risk but scientifically very strong proposals. A maximum of 50 Lakhs per annum will be the level of support in this scheme, initially for a period of two years.

While a lab level selection may not be needed, the project should be submitted through proper channel to ensure that indicated facilities/resources and ethical issues are taken care through the laboratory set up. Project will be submitted online and expert reviews (at least three) will obtained. A committee of experts (including external members) will evaluate each project and only recommended projects will be selected for funding. Yearly review of each project will be carried for their continuation.

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