Young Investigators Programme in Biotechnology at KSCSTE

kscsteKerala Biotechnology Commission under the Kerala State Council For Science, Technology and Environment invites research proposal under Young Investigators Programme in Biotechnology (YIPB) to provide quick research support to young scientists to pursue their ideas in newly emerging and front line areas of research in Biotechnology.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant should possess (a) PhD in any branch of Life Sciences (b) Three years Post- Doctoral experience in Biotechnology and (c) The candidate should be less than 40 years of age. Age will be reckoned as on 1st April, 2014. Relaxation in age would be available to scientists belonging to SC/ST/OBC, Women and Physically Handicapped category.

Funding pattern: Proposals can be submitted in any branch of biotechnology related to medical, agriculture, veterinary, environment, marine, industrial or bioresources. Post-Doctoral students/Research Associates not having permanent positions can also be Principal Investigator provided a senior faculty/scientist holding permanent positions is also as Co-Principal Investigator. The total funding provided is up to a maximum of Rs. 23.00 lakhs (excluding overhead charges) for a period not exceeding three years. If the proposed objectives can be achieved in less than three years, the budget may be reduced accordingly. Young Scientists not drawing any other fellowship/salary are eligible for a lump sum fellowship of Rs. 35,000/- per month from the grants, which also can cover other areas such as travel, contingency, consumables and minor equipments. In cases, where the applicant is holding a regular position, he/she either can seek manpower at junior level (Project Fellow @ Rs 10,000/pm or Technical Assistant @ Rs 6000/pm) or can opt himself/herself as Research Scientist in the scheme and can avail the above fellowship. But either the salary or the fellowship, only one can be availed at a time. Overhead Charges @ 10% of the project cost will be provided to the implementing institution over and above the project cost. The sanctioned projects may be operated in Research Institutes/Colleges, University Departments or selected National Research Institutes within the state.

How to Apply? The interested candidates may submit 10 copies of their proposal along with a soft copy (in CD) in the prescribed format of KBC available in the website. Application should be endorsed and forwarded by the Head of the Institution and may be sent to The Chairman, Kerala Biotechnology Commission, Kerala State Council For Science, Technology and Environment, Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram -695004.

Last Date of Submission of Proposal is on or before June 30, 2014

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