Objective: The Indian Council of Medical Research provides financial assistance to promote biomedical and health research. Proposals in fundamental/ strategic research; development and evaluation of a tool, Clinical and operational researchare considered for ICMR support.
Who can submit a proposal: The assistance is provided by way of grants to scientists in regular employment in the Universities, medical colleges, postgraduate institutions, recognized research and development laboratories and NGOs. (Applications from non-governmental agencies should provide documentary evidence of registration, track record etc
When and how to submit a proposal: Proposals are received throughout the year on the prescribed format, which can be obtained on request from the Director-General, ICMR. Forms can also be downloaded from ICMR website. Thirty copies of the complete project proposals application along with a copy in electronic mode are to be submitted. All projects involving research on human beings/animals must be cleared by the Human Ethics Committee/ Animal Ethics Committee of the respective institute.
Areas of research support: Financial support is provided by the Council in all areas related to health and biomedical sciences. However, following are the priority areas identified by the ICMR.
- Communicable diseases including viral diseases, cholera and enteric diseases, tuberculosis, leprosy, malaria, filariasis, kala-azar, vector control etc.
- Reproductive health including fertility control.
- Maternal & Child Health.
- Nutritional and major metabolic disorders.
- Primary health care, alternative health care systems.
- Non-communicable diseases including cancer, mental health, cardiovascular, neurological, ophthalmic and haematological disorders, oral health, gastroenterology, urology etc.
- Occupational and other environment related health problems i.e. asthma.
- Drug research including medicinal plants and indigenous/or traditional systems of medicine.
- Basic medical research in disciplines such as anatomy, allergy, anthropology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, cell & molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, haematology etc.
Note: For latest thrust areas & format/guidelines refer to ICMR websiteb icmr.nic.in
Components of grant: Research staff, Equipment, Contingencies, Travel, Overheads
Financial ceiling: Financial ceiling is up to Rs.30 Lakhs for the total duration of the project.
Items not allowed: Basic infrastructure, building, foreign travel etc.
ICMR Research Projects
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MD/ MS/ DM/ MCH THESIS PROGRAMME
Indian Council of Medical Research,
Post Box No. 4911
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
(i) Procedure followed in approving a new project
The proposals received as per the prescribed format of ICMR are reviewed by Project Review Committees (PRCs) constituted by the various technical divisions of ICMR for different subject areas. These PRC’s are held generally 3-4 times in a year depending upon the no. of proposals received for evaluation. Most of these projects are also reviewed by subject specialists before being considered by the PRCs. The criteria adopted by the ICMR in evaluating such project proposals include relevance of the topic to national health priorities and/or possible advancement of knowledge in that particular area and the Potential Clinical application of the knowledge to be generated, the scientific merit of the proposal, availability of basic infrastructure in the host Institution; capability of the applicant to undertake the project. Sometimes the Committee raises some issues / queries for which clarifications / revision of the project is required. For this the PI has to reply fast as the revised project / clarifications may go through the same process of review as the original project. The process takes time therefore it may at least take 4-6 months before one gets a final response. Final approval is given by DG, ICMR on the recommendation of the PRC’s. The duration of ad-hoc research scheme is usually for 2-3 years. Sanction being accorded initially for 1 year, with annual renewals on the basis of report evaluation by the PRC.
(ii) Project Monitoring Mechanism :
1. Annual Progress Report
a. The Annual Report is to be submitted annually in the prescribed format. The first progress report should be submitted about three months prior to the completion of the annual period so as to enable the evaluation and provide the grants within the completion of one year from the starting date. The subsequent annual report will be for the period of one year.
b. The progress of the project would be evaluated by the ICMR through appropriate peer review/ Project Review Committees.
c. The project will not be renewed for the next financial year unless the Council receives the progress report and statement of expenditure in time.
d. A delay in receipt of the report in time for consideration by the committee may lead to termination of the project
e. The PI may be asked to present the progress at the meeting of the Committee, if considered necessary.
f. The suggestion and views of the Committee and mid-course correction, if any, would be conveyed to the PI from time to time for effective conduct of the project. This would be binding on the PI. Prior permission of the Council shall be obtained if the investigator desires to discontinue the scheme before the expiry of the approved duration and the consolidated report of the work done to be provided to Council for review/acceptance to avoid audit objection.
2. Final Project Completion Report
a. At the completion of the project, the final report should be sent in the prescribed format.
b. The report should be submitted not later than three months from the date of completion of the project.
c. 10% of contingency grant would be withheld for release from the last installment of the budget which would be released after receipt of the final report.
d. The review of any other new project sent by the same PI for financial support from the Council would depend upon the previous track record in terms of compliance of submission of requisite statement of Accounts and annual / final reports in time
e. PI shall submit 10 copies of Final Report along with the final audited statement of Accounts.
f. Action taken on PCR - The final report is reviewed by the PRC. If the report is found satisfactory, an abstract on the work done is published in the ICMR Bulletin.
g. System of keeping PCR: A few copies are retained by the respective technical divisions of the Council.
3. Publication of Results/Presentation of Papers:
The research papers & publications, patent and product development based on the results of the research project should acknowledge assistance by the ICMR along with IRIS ID number. Copies/ reprints of papers published should be sent along with the progress/ final report.
4. Intellectual Property Rights
All new intellectual property viz., patents, designs etc. generated as part of the research supported by the ICMR would belong to the Council. The Council shall have the right to take up patent/design in respect of inventions/discoveries made in research schemes financed by the Council. The project investigators and the staff employed on the project shall not apply or obtain patents without the approval of ICMR. All patents shall be registered in the name of Indian Council of Medical Research. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cell can provide all necessary assistance in the IPR related issues including patent applications.
ICMR being a premier research agency for formulation, coordination and promotion of Biomedical Research in the country is also engaged in promoting critical mass of human resources as well as fostering research temperament amongst medical graduates. Amongst its several Human Resource Development programmes the Council is instituting a new scheme of providing financial assistance to selected medical graduates who are pursuing postgraduate programmes through recognized medical institutions. This scheme is primarily aimed at promoting good quality research in medical colleges through students pursuing post graduation courses as well as improve visibility and accessibility of their research work to larger research audience. The council through the financial assistance to medical graduates ensures procuring an electronic and hard copy of MD/MS/DM/MCH dissertation thesis, which is to be displayed in its library as well as salient highlights posted on its website.
The highlights of scheme are as follows:
Quantum of Assistance: Financial assistance of Rs.25,000 to selected candidates pursuing post graduate courses (MD/MS/DM/MCH)
Number of Awards: Limited to 50 per year.
Eligibility: Medical graduates who are admitted to the MD/MS/DM/MCH courses in any of the MCI recognized Institute/College and who wish to avail of the ICMR award for pursuing their research project.
Upper age limit: 45 years.
1. Procedure for selection:
1.1 The scheme would be widely publicised though advertisement in leading news papers, circulars to the medical institutions and ICMR website twice a year.
1.2 Candidates must apply within 12 months of registration for the course.
1.3 The application should be routed through their guide and the head of the institution.
1.4 The candidate and the guide will indicate their choice of the research topic and will give a brief description of the objectives, methodology, design of the study, expected out come, Up-to-date literature search, ethical considerations and facilities available at the institute for conducting the study as per the proposed protocol and an undertaking by the head of the institute that the candidate will be permitted to undertake the proposed research activity. Submit 12 copies of the detailed research proposal.
1.5 Selection would be made on the basis of merit. Objective scoring would be used to assess the grant applications with respect to (i) Academic performance of the candidate (ii) Research topic (eg. Innovativeness, Relevance of work, Application Research) etc. In the event of leaving this scheme the whole amount will be remitted to the council with suitable justifications.
1.6 The application for financial assistance should include, curriculum vitae of the candidates, description of the proposed research activity (1000 words) and a honest statement of the candidate about his/her dedication to the area of proposed research.
1.7 Selection will be done by an expert committee duly constituted for this purpose.
2. Financial Assistance:
2.1 The Council would provide a total assistance of Rs. 25,000/- to the selected candidates ‘on the condition’ that the candidate would provide following documents to the Council. An undertaking to the effect that the funds received from the council will be used strictly for the purpose for which it has been released and; In the event of leaving this scheme the whole amount will be remitted to the council with suitable justifications.
2.1.1 A copy of the thesis submitted to the University/Institute as a part of the postgraduate programme.
2.1.2 An electronic copy of the same
2.1.3 A short summary of the thesis (2-5 pages) prepared by him, outlining the objectives, methodology, findings and discussion.
2.2 The financial assistance of Rs.25000/- would be provided in two installments
2..2.1. Rs.15,000/- at the time of selection when the award letter is issued.
2.2.2. Rs.10,000/- at the end of the course on production of documents listed at 2.1.
2.3 The grant shall be issued in the name of the candidate directly with a copy to the Guide and the head of the Institute.
2.4 The amount will be used by the candidate for pursuance of research and may use the funds for purchase of reagents, preparation of thesis, secretarial assistance or any other activity connected with the research project following fair and reasonable procedure.
2.5 He will be required to provide information to the Council regarding the manner in which the funds were utilized duly signed by the Head of the Institute/college.
Every attempt will be made by the Committee to identify a scientist from discipline appropriate to the research topic as a mentor, to monitor the project continuously till the research project is completed and reported. He will be in communication with the guide/ the student who will make periodic reports on the progress of the project and will give appropriate advice and guidance to the student for future course of action and mid-course correction, if needed. The monitor, the guide and the student should work as a team and ensure that the output is a thesis of reasonably good quality and can be reported in scientific journals.
4. Submission/Publication of thesis:
4.1 The preparation and submission of thesis will be the responsibility of the student and his guide. The candidate will acknowledge the assistance provided by ICMR for any publication emerging out of this thesis.
4.2 The candidate should submit documents listed in item No.2.1 within three months of submission of thesis to the institution/organization failing which, The award will be treated cancelled and all financial assistance provided will be reimbursed to the DG, ICMR.
Selection of candidates at the sole discretion of council
The scheme can be withdrawn at any time.
This scheme is not linked with any other research capacity building schemes under which the students are in receipt of stipend etc.
Application duly filled by the candidates in ICMR format forwarded by the guide and Certified by Dean/Principal may be sent twice in a year, before 30th June or 31st December in a particular year.
Protocol Development Workshop
The “Ist RESEARCH PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT WORK SHOP” conducted by jointly by National Institute of Epidemiology, ICMR, Chennai and Department of Research, Tirunelveli Medical College was conducted on 25th, 26th and 27th August 2014. The program was inaugurated by the Dean, Tirunelveli Medical College in the presence of faculty members of NIE and TVMC on 25th August 2014. The Secretary, Dept of Health Research/Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi presided over the valedictory function.