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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased to announce the NEW AND EMERGING ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES (NEST) PROGRAMME the outcome of the call of this theme will lead to the development of energy storage technologies that can demonstrate techno-economic scalability, indigenized and support energy transition. 

June 7 2024 11:59 PM (IST)

Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) 2024


The Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is a flagship scheme of BIRAC which recognizes and invests in innovative ideas in the biotech sector. The ideas should have clear potential to translate into commercial products/technologies. BIG supports individual entrepreneurs/ start-ups from ideation to Proof of Concept (PoC). Under BIG scheme, BIRAC provides grant-in-aid of upto INR 50 lakhs (approx USD 75,000) for a period of 18 months.

June 10, 2024

Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI)


CSRI encourages the scientific community to submit proposals on translational and application-based research that provide better solutions to challenges related with cognitive disorders and social issues through various psychological tools, batteries, early diagnosis, better therapies, intervention technologies and rehabilitation programs.

June 15 2024 11:59 PM (IST)

Climate, Energy and Sustainable Technology (CEST)
Recovery and Recycling of End of Life Solar PV Panels/Modules


The global surge in solar electricity adoption has led to a creation of photovoltaic (PV) module installations, but this growth poses a challenge in effectively managing end-of-life disposal. With projections indicating that 60-78 million tons of PV waste could accumulate by 2050 due to their 25-30 year lifespan, there's an urgent need for robust recovery and recycling strategies. In India, the National Solar Mission has accelerated PV installations, expected to reach 270 GW by 2030 from 69 GW in 2023, heightening concerns about PV waste management, primarily ending up in landfills. Given that crystalline silicon panels dominate the PV market, accounting for over 95% share, significant waste is expected from this type. To mitigate environmental impact and transition to a circular economy, comprehensive recycling processes across the PV value chain are imperative, facilitating resource recovery and circularity.

June 30, 2024.

Climate, Energy and Sustainable Technology (CEST)
Special Call on Carbon Capture Utilisation (CCU) deployment in Cement Sector


The Special Call focuses to develop and deploy innovative CCU Test bed for capture hard-to-abate emissions (direct CO2) from Cement industry and their utilization

 July 13, 2024

India Japan Science and Technology Cooperation DST The Department of Science and Technology DST, Ministry of Science Technology, Government of India, New Delhi and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science JSPS conduct the India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme-IJCSP to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Japanese scientists. Applications are invited from eligible Indian researchers /scientists to submit proposals for Joint Research Projects and Joint Workshops/Seminars under IJCSP. The support is available under the scientific areas - a Physical Sciences b Chemical Sciences c Life Science and Agriculture d Mathematics and Computational Science e Astronomy and Earth Science f Materials Engineering September 3, 2024
India Sri Lanka Joint Call for Research Proposal DST The Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation Division, Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India renewed the Programme of Cooperation (PoC) in Science and Technology, on August 14th 2022. In terms of the PoC, funding can be made available for selected Joint Projects in bilateral mode involving scientist & technologists from India and Sri Lanka, in the following areas:
Food Technology
Plant based medicines
Robotics & Automation
Renewable Energy
Waste Management
Information and Communication Technology
Sustainable Agriculture
Aerospace Engineering
Big data analysis
Artificial intelligence
Any other area of S&T with national relevance (with Justifications)
The Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation Division and DST (hereinafter referred to as the “Implementing Agencies”) hereby invite Indian and Sri Lankan scientists/researchers to submit proposals for Joint Research Projects in any of the above areas in terms of the provisions herein set out.
July 15,2024
India-EU Joint Call for Proposals DST India-EU Joint call is open in the area of Explainable and Robust AI (AI Data and Robotics Partnership) HORIZON-CL4-2024-HUMAN-03-02. The call focuses on developing trustworthy AI solutions that are robust, safe, reliable, and capable of providing meaningful explanations in real-world conditions. The focus is on extending the general applicability of explainability and robustness of AI-systems by foundational AI and machine learning research. September 27,2024