This scheme aims to improve clinical and public health research ecosystems in India to bridge gaps in human resource, supervision, mentorship, equipment, and administration by establishing virtual Clinical/Public Health Research Centres (CRCs). The CRCs are envisioned as research-oriented centres established with focus on major biomedical research problems and preferably involving multiple institutions.
The CRCs can be based on either crosscutting or vertical research themes, within the remit of India Alliance. Big data, population-based interdisciplinary cohorts, disease modelling are examples of crosscutting themes while antimicrobial resistance, nutrition, cardiometabolic diseases, mental health, respiratory infections, and environmental health are examples of vertical themes. These themes are provided only for illustrative purposes; proposals need not be restricted to these areas.
Though not mandatory, this scheme encourages international collaboration. The projects would require external evaluation at regular intervals; therefore, the proposal should have in-built milestones for evaluation and reporting. India Alliance would also reserve the right to periodically review the funded program, which may include site visits.