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Rapid Grant for Young Investigators
Catch-them young is a key phrase in DBT and the department recognises, and increasingly so, that scientific zeal cannot be allowed to get tempered down due to funds being available only to tested veterans. Investment in science must follow the growth curve of the scientific community and hence the Rapid Grant for Young Investigators (RGYI).The grant fosters creative research in various fields of biotechnology (Medical, Agriculture, Animal Biotech, Environment and Industry etc.) to enhance early career development of young investigators below 40 years of age and those who have not crossed 10 years after competing PhD.

The programme aims to provide first extramural grant to establish the lab and initiate research in the frontier areas of biotechnology.

The RGYI scheme is under implementation since 2005-2006, it was initiated with an endeavour to support meritorious investigators across the country.

Application submission and review process

Under the scheme Grant Applications are accepted in response to “CALL FOR PROPOSALS” only.

The applications are solicited annually for innovative research projects from PI/s below 40 years in response to the announcement through DBT Website

For effective implementation of the scheme and selection of meritorious investigators, evaluation of proposals is accomplished in two phases by:

  • Screening Committees constituted area wise (Medical / Agriculture and Plant /Environment and Applied BT) comprising of scientists with expertise in that area.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Research Committee (IDRC) comprising of eminent scientists from various fields of biotechnology (Medical, Agriculture, Animal Biotech, Environment and Industry etc.).
Evaluation criteria for new proposals

The final recommendation for financial support is made after detailed examination of all the proposals by the experts in accordance with the following criteria laid down for RGYI:

  • Age of the Principal Investigator: 40 years or below
  • First extramural grant as Project Investigator
  • Merit of the proposal:
  • Originality and scientific value of the proposal
  • Technical feasibility and strength of work plan
  • Expertise of PI in the area (objectives) proposed
  • Publication Record
  • Long term technology development and IPR generation, if any
  • Other information
  • Status of Institution/Organization
Eligibility criteria

Grant Applications are invited for innovative research projects from PIs with potential for independent research and also from teams of young PI/s for collaborative projects to foster interdisciplinary research and multi-institutional collaboration.

The Principal investigator should be below 40 years holding independent position (and within 10 years of receiving a PhD). Each application should have Co-PI (preferably below 50 years) with prior experience of grant management and also may include Post-Doctoral students as additional Co-PI’s together with young faculty/scientists holding permanent positions.

Applicants must be from non-profit organisations and should have demonstrated a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to his/her research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. Applicants may also refer to abstracts or a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.
Significant achievements.

The RGYI scheme is under implementation since 2005-2006 and under this scheme numerous young investigators have been supported. In past five cycles of “Call for Proposals” under RGYI, there has been overwhelming response as more than 3000 proposals have been received and about 400 projects recommended (based on their merit)and implemented so far. Thus RGYI has provided start-up grants to young investigators across the country working in different settings such as central government funded institutions, State Government funded University departments, scientists at DSIR approved private institutions etc.

Programme Officer

Dr. Jyoti Malik Logani,
Scientist ‘C’ / Sr. Scientific Officer-I
Telephone: 011-24364065;
Email: jyoti[dot]logani[at]nic[dot]in