National Bioscience Awards for Career Development

Department of Biotechnology


The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invites nominations of scientists who are engaged in basic and applied research in Biological Sciences including Biotechnology, Agricultural, Medical, and Environmental Sciences and have made outstanding contributions in research with potential for application/​product and technology development, for National Bioscience Award for Career Development. The award is to recognize outstanding contributions of young scientists below 45 years of age in basic and applied research and to provide grant for research for their career development. 

The selection of candidates for the award will be made on the basis of recommendations of Selection Committee. Only nominations complete in all respects as per proforma will be considered. Only selected candidates would be informed. The awards will be presented to the selected scientists at a formal function, organized by the DBT. TA/DA to the awardees for attending the award ceremony will be paid by the Department of Biotechnology as per Govt. of India rules. 


i) Any Citizen of India including Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), who is engaged in basic and applied research in the areas of biosciences and biotechnology in the country.
ii) 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. In case of OCIs, he/​she should have made significant and outstanding contribution in the areas of biosciences/​biotechnology while continuously staying and working for a period of 3 years in India or during their stay and work in India in total period of 5 years in piece meal basis over a period of 10 years. The work for which nomination is made must have been carried out in India.
iii) Candidate should submit a research project for advancement of his/​her work in India for a period of next 3 years. OCIs have to stay and work in India for implementation of the proposed research project.
iv) He/​she should be below the age of 45 years as on 31st December of the year of award.

To Apply

Names of candidates may be proposed in the prescribed proforma (Annexure) for consideration for the Award by the following categories of persons or organizations: Secretaries of S&T Departments; user Ministries (Departments such as Atomic Energy, Commerce, Environment & Forests, Health and Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Industry, New and Renewable Energy, Earth Sciences, Space); members of the Standing Advisory Committee (Overseas) of DBT, Directors General of Scientific Organizations (CSIR, DRDO, ICAR, ICMR); Presidents of Scientific Societies and Academies of all India character; Chairman UGC; Vice Chancellors /​Directors of universities and deemed universities; Heads of R&D Institutions; Directors of National Research Laboratories and Member (Science), Planning Commission.
The nominations should include a brief project proposal for proposed research in the next 3 years.
Nominations from individuals sponsoring their own names are not considered. 

The nominations (2 copies) neatly typed in double space on plain paper in the prescribed proforma complete with enclosures should reach on or before 31st December to Mr. J.K. Dora, Under Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Room No. 611, 6 th Floor, Block-II, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003 and a soft copy in MS-Word .doc file to be e- mailed to jagadish.​dora@​nic.​in.

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