Proposals requested from schools, colleges, research organisations and citizen scientists for use of the Foldscope as a education, training and research tool

Department of Biotechnology


The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in partnership with Foldscope Instruments Inc. and PrakashLab (Stanford), invite applications under this Request for Proposals from teachers, scientists and community members across India for the use of foldscope as an educational, training or research tool as detailed below.

Selected applicants will be awarded with Foldscope and a small grant, and preference will be given to government schools and colleges in resource constrained environments. The selected applicants will be twinned with the North East region of India for exchange of idea and students under the programme. All proposed acitivities of the successful proposals will be mirrored in a school/​college of the North East; likewise all successful proposals from NE will mirror activities in school/​colleges from rest of India.

The North East of India is a global biodiversity hotspot. In order to connect the NE and understand the value of its rich biodiversity, ecology and environment as vital for the life of our planet, all successful projects, from the NE states and from states from rest of India will be twinned by the North-East Region_​Biotechnology Programme management Cell (NER-BPMC) DBT.

The school/​college twinning will also have a long term social impact towards sharing of a national and global purpose in environmental, ecological, social and scientific matters. With such twinning, Indian youth can lead in sustainable development of our planet and in eco-science.

More details about the proposal, grant type can be found here


Category A: Teachers from schools from all over India, with a clearly defined cohort of students who can be from across classes, subjects and disciplines. Please see Annex I for Format.
Category B: Anyone with a clearly defined research project, not limited to those affiliated with universities/​research institutions. The organisation will have to be registered with the Government ofIndia for funds to be transferred. Please see Annex II for format
Category C: Anyone interested in the use of Foldscopes for a citizen science project. 

To Apply

Applications in the relevant format (Annex I and Annex II) will be submitted by

May 31, 2017, through email to foldscope.​dbt@​nic.​in with copy marked to madhan@​dbt.​nic.​in and

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