i) Any Citizen of India who is engaged in basic and applied research in the areas of biosciences and biotechnology in the country. The work for which nomination is made must have been carried out in Indian institutes and acknowledged in the publications.
ii) For Senior Category Award: Citizens of India should have made life time significant and outstanding contribution in research in the areas of Biosciences/Biotechnology and has applied the results for the benefit of students and society and the work must have been done entirely in India.
iii) For Young Category Award: Citizens of India should have made significant and outstanding contribution in the areas of Biosciences/Biotechnology during last 5 years and the work must have been done entirely in India.
iv) The senior category award is for excellence in research (and not for governance/promotion of Science) and not for age and thus there is no age limit. For the young category, the candidate should be below 45 years of age as on the closing date of nomination submission i.e. 30.09.2020.