Call for Seed Grant proposals


The Accelerator program for diseases in brain using stem cells (ADBS) invites applications for Seed Grants” from researchers to develop proposals for studying basic biological mechanisms in brain functions in context of neuropsychiatric disorders.

ADBS seed grants are awarded to stimulate high quality research using the resources of ADBS. Grants will be provided to scientists from any institution in India (subject to DBT guidelines) who wish to use the resources of the Biorepository to understand the basic biology underlying the neuropsychiatric disorders. Awardees are expected to generate preliminary data and using that apply for funding from an external agency to continue a full program of science.

Applications will be screened and evaluated for scientific content including whether they constitute a meaningful use of the Biorepository resources. Successful candidates will obtain access to relevant elements of the Biorepository resources as well as funds to employ a junior research fellow and a consumable budget for 2 years.

Who can apply?

Scientists working in Universities/​Academic Institutions/​National Laboratories/​Hospitals/​Industries [Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR)-Recognized R&D Centre] & Non-Profit Organizations with necessary facilities and scientific background in the proposed area and eligibility to obtain project grant funding from DBT.

The PI should have an employment contract for at least the duration of the application procedure and the duration of the research the grant is applied for; AND have at least a PhD or an equivalent qualification.

What can be applied for?

Funding can be applied for:

  • Consumables
  • Manpower shall include employment costs for one junior research fellow. Fellowship amount as per terms and conditions of DBT.

Number of seed grants available: Three Proposal contents: A proposal should be well written with clearly defined specific objectives, work plan, relevance of the proposal to the scientific theme of ADBS, expected outcomes in terms of quantifiable targets, tentative budget estimates and biodata of the investigator/​s giving details regarding the expertise along-with the list of relevant research papers in the proposed research area. Please find the form here…..Click to download Application form.

Mode of Selection: Proposals received will be reviewed by a committee of experts. The proposals would be evaluated on the basis of their scientific excellence, requirements of the ADBS resources, relevance to the scientific theme of ADBS and the scientific track record of the applicant.

To Apply

Mode of Submission:

The application form has to be dully filled and submitted through email: adbs@​ncbs.​res.​in. Any supplementary information/​material that could be useful for consideration of the proposal can also be annexed.

Last date of submission: 11.59 pm April 15th, 2018

Applications received after the deadline are not eligible for further assessment. After the deadline, improvements of or additions to applications are not permitted.

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