New Idea Fund (NIF) Scheme for CSIR Labs

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Research Support Programme under NEW IDEA FUND SCHEME

(for CSIR Labs/Instt. only)


In Science it is said that only two people are remembered; those who said the first word and those who say the last word. How many times we, in Indian science, have achieved this feat? Indeed how many times have we, in CSIR, dreamt of achieving this feat? Can we have a step jump in our ambitions in science in CSIR; so that we could be the ones who would open up new frontiers and lead and not follow? The New Idea Fund has been created for members of the CSIR science community who venture to dare, take risks to explore ideas with explosive creativity and novelty. This fund will support pre-competitive research in CSIR on a competitive basis.


By very definition the proposals will be exploratory and support will be provided for proving the feasibility of a possibly far reaching concept in the first place. After the initial funding, If the concept is proved, then the funding would be provided through the normal CSIR funding channels. If the results are such that major technological breakthroughs are likely to be achieved, then even external funding will be sought. However in the first instance, the New Idea Fund will restrict itself to supporting exploratory part of the research.


The proposals in the prescribed format (see overleaf) should be submitted to DG,CSIR twice in a year i.e. on or before 15 September or 15 March.


A high powered expert committee of external, eminent scientists will review the proposals. The investigators will be expected to make the presentations to this expert committee. Announcement for support will be made on 1st December and 1st June of the year.


The approved proposals for support under NIF schemes are reviewed every year by the Committee which recommends the continuation of support.

Year Lab Project title Name of Scientist Cost (Lakhs)
1995 CLRI Spin computers. Dr. N. Chandrakumar

Scientist F
1995 NAL Alternate design of high performance CPU card without secondary cache. Dr. U.N. Sinha

1996 NCL Non-hazardous direct oxidation of hydrogen to hydrogen peroxide. Dr.V.R.Choudhry

1997 IMT Obtaining Mirror image Structures of Proteins through Reversal of Polypeptide Backbone Direction. Dr.Purnananda Guptasarma

1997 IMT Functional Analysis of Genes that Confer Difficult to Screen Phenotypes to Yeast. Dr.K.Ganesan

1997 CIMAP Plant Antibacterials Active against Drug Resistant Pathogens. Prof. Sushil Kumar

1998 IMT Targetting M.tuberculosis entrapped in MHC-mismatched Macrophages to Dendritic Cells: approach for the Induction of Tuberculosis specific Protective Immunity. Dr.J.N.Agrewala

2001 CCMB Transcriptional Regulation of Caspase Gene Expression by Tumor Suppressor P53. Dr. Ghanshyam Swarup


2001 NCL Activation of Methane and Carbon Dioxide: Novel Route for the Synthesis of Acetic Acid. Dr. A.A. Kelkar

Scientist and

R.V. Chaudhary

2001 CEERI MeV Ion Induced Reordering in Crystalline Silicon: Viability for Device Applications. Dr. J. Akhtar

Scientist And

Dr. P. Sen, JNU.

2002 ICCT The holy grail of organic chemistry: directing influence in aromatic substitution - a proposal to demolish this by site selective catalysis. Dr. B.M. Choudhary Scientist 20.00
2003 IMT Identification of the function of unknown ORFs/ genes through genome-wide perturbation analysis carried out in a heterologous host. Dr. Anand K. Bachhawat,

2004 IMT Is chromatin replicated like DNA-Meselson& Stahl? Dr. Jagmohan Singh,

2004 CIMAP A polyploid model for fixation of hetrozygosity. Dr. U.C. Lavania,

2004 NAL Development of a novel optical flow diagnostic technique for simultaneous measurement of velocity and density in fluid flows with density gradients. Dr. L. Venkatakrishnan,

2004 CDRI Sending a “Wake up” call to dormant cells of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Identification of signal proteins and receptors. Dr. Ranjana Srivastava,