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Call for proposal for “Indo-South Africa Collaborative Programme in Health Sciences with emphasis on HIV/AIDS & TB (Phase-II)” (Last date: 31/08/2016)

Call status: Open
Proposal deadline:31st August 2016

Call Outline

Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) are the leading causes of death in adults and children in both India and South Africa, and the impact of the converging dual epidemics is one of the major public health challenges of our time. Development of effective biomedical tools and solutions for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis is required to address challenges in disease management and control. Interdisciplinary research in these areas will not only accelerate development of transformational technologies but also help to develop capabilities and solutions for these unconquered diseases.

The Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Department of Science & Technology, Government of South Africa, and South African Medical Research Council are planning to embark on a collaborative research program on HIV, TB and TB/HIV. The proposed collaborative programme would be under the framework of bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Governments of India and South Africa. Accordingly, joint proposals are being invited in the following areas:

  1. Development of preventive HIV vaccineby designing immunogens that can elicit potent and broadly neutralizing antibodies.
  2. Isolation and characterization of neutralizing MAbs effective against clade C HIV-1 viruses for use in combination therapies, passive immunization, and/or for designing preventive vaccines
  3. Creation of cohorts of TB patients with HIV-1 co-infection andformation of national biorepositories(for breath condensates, blood, tissue etc.)to facilitate immunological studies on HIV and TB.
  4. Identification of biomarkers and development of novel assaysfor diagnosis and management of tuberculosis and tuberculosis with HIV co-infection.
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Sundeep Sarin
Director/Scientist F
Department of Biotechnology
7th Floor, Block 2
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110003
Tel: 91-11-24362931
Email: sundeep@dbt.nic.in

Dr. Sulakshana Jain
Scientist D
International Bilateral Cooperation Division
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi 110016
E-mail: jain.s@nic.in