The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has been implementing a scheme known as Centres of Excellence and Innovation in Biotechnology (CEIB). The scheme provides funding to augment and strengthen institutional research capacity for promotion of excellence in interdisciplinary science and innovation in specific areas of biotechnology. The programme is intended for institutions with a substantial investment in, and commitment to, biotechnology research. The programme provides flexible long-term support for highly innovative research (both basic and translational in nature) in biotechnology, which creates not only high-quality publications and intellectual property but also translational outputs through mid and high end innovation.
The overall aim of the CEIB programme is to establish Centres of Excellence, provide long-term support to outstanding scientists and provide institutional / departmental Programme Support. The specific goal is to enhance the innovative ability of the institutions and investigators with well-developed research programme in specific areas of biotechnology.
The following three categories of grants are provided under this programme:
Category I: Centres of Excellence (COE) in Biotechnology with a specific thematic focus, that can involve single or multiple institutions
The DBT has already established 17 Centres of Excellence in Biotechnology.
The Centres of Excellence have been established based on scientific and technical merit and not on geographical consideration. The specific goal of these centres is to enhance the innovative ability of the institutions and investigators with well-developed research programme in specific areas of biotechnology.
In addition, 52 proposals have been funded in Programme Support mode along with 17 long-term individual R&D projects under the present scheme.