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16 January 2010

Karnataka VGST Biology Research Funding for Young Scientists

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Government of Karnataka
VISION GROUP ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (VGST)
Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science and Technology


Amended Notification

In partial modification of the advertisement in Times of India (dated 09 November 2009), the scope of the scheme (A) ‘Seed Money to Young  Scientists for Research (SMR)’ has been expanded by opening it to young faculty members who may already have a Ph.D. degree and are teaching in Colleges/Universities/Research Institutions in Karnataka.

Candidates have to satisfy the other criteria including age (below 35 years as on 31 August 2009).

The Research areas include Basic Science, Applied Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Those who have already applied need not apply again.

Purpose: The broad purpose of the scheme is to promote research and education and to provide an opportunity to fresh promising young new faculty members in Basic Science, Applied Science, Engineering and Medicine with innovative ideas to carry out research and build scientific careers in their fields of interest as early as possible.

1. Eligibility:

  1. i. The research grant is open to Young faculty members teaching in Colleges/Universities/Research Institutions in Karnataka who are below the age of 35 years.


  2. ii. The Candidate must have a regular position in a University/University Department of Studies and Research and should be engaged in research. If he/she is availing any other fellowship, he/she will have to opt for only one of the fellowships.


  3. iii. The applicant may also have a Ph.D. in Basic Science/Applied Science/Engineering/Medicine. This grant is meant for those who have proven track-record as evident from their research publications and recognitions in establishing a career in that research field.


  4. iv. Young Faculty of National Institutions situated in the state, whose research is of special interest to state, may be considered.

Duration: The duration of the support will be for two years.

Nature of Support:

  • The value of the seed money will be up to Rs. 10.00 Lakh depending on the needs of the research area of the selected proposal.


  • The seed money will cover contingency and other expenses.


  • The seed money is not eligible for regular research grants through the external funding schemes of various S & T agencies.


  • The funding will be a onetime grant, to spend in two years’ duration.

Methodology for Selection:

  • Selection will be based on academic record, Ph.D. research topic and research publications in peer reviewed journals.


  • The Institution in which the candidate is working would provide the necessary R & D, administrative and basic infrastructural support for research.


  • The candidate will continue to work at the place of his/her employment.


  • Individual faculty members to approach the institutions for forwarding their nominations for the seed money.

Selection: Nominations received by the DST Secretariat will be scrutinized by a competent authority of VGST. Candidates will be selected from among the short listed candidates based on their qualification, merit, published work and performance in the interview.  Preference will be given to those candidates whose research interest and work experience has relevance to the mandate of DST. 

6. Cancellation of Award:

The research award is liable to be cancelled in case of

  • Misconduct.


  • Unsatisfactory progress of research work.


  • Candidate found ineligible later.


  1. 7. How to Apply:

A) The Nomination (3 hard copies and 1 soft copy) can be submitted in the prescribed format available on the website www.kstacademy.org/vgst.html
to the address mentioned below. The envelope should mention on top “Nomination under the Seed Money to Young Scientists for Research ”. The nominations can be submitted throughout the year and selection interviews will be held twice a year. However, nominations received up to 20/01/2010 can be considered for evaluation for the current financial year.
B)   Attach only photocopies of the following documents / certificates duly attested by a Gazetted Officer / Head of the Institute.
a)  All degree certificates and marks sheets starting with the eligibility qualification.
b)  NET Qualification (optional).
c)   Proof of date of birth e.g. SSLC / Matriculation certificate. SC/ST/OBC certificate, if applicable, as per the prescribed format of the issuing authority.
d)  Affix one passport size photograph on the right corner of the nomination and enclose one spare photograph inside the envelope.
e)    Append signatures across both the photographs.
f)      Nominations should be submitted through proper channel.

Completed applications should reach the following address on or before 20 January 2010.

The Executive
Secretary, Vision Group on Science and Technology,
Vijnana Bhavana, 21st Main Road, Banashankari 2nd
Stage, Bangalore 560 070
e-mail: visiongroup.st@gmail.com

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