The main objective of the scheme is to encourage young scientists in the initial years of settling down in their career. Highly qualified young scientists are provided with the necessary grants for research in setting up their first laboratories. The scheme is particularly aimed at NRI scientists willing to return to the country. This scheme known as DAE Young Scientist Research Award (DAE-YSRA) is applicable to only scientists below the age of 35 years.
The Award carries a maximum research grant of Rs. 20.00 lakhs in a block of three years and can be utilized for expenditure on JRF Salary, equipment, consumables, travel and other contingencies in connection with his/her research activities. Scientists/Engineers working in universities, academic/research institutions of higher learning, other than in DAE/DST/C SIR/other government institutions/R&D divisions of private sector industry and having a regular position are ONLY eligible to apply for this Award. Selection of scientists for this award is based on the merits of applicant’s qualifications, experience and the relevance of the project to the DAE programmes.