Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, has announced the Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B- ACER) - a dynamic and transformative program developed to nurture contacts between students and scientists from India and the United States and also aimed at nurturing future innovators and thought leaders in Biofuel and Bioenergy.
The Progrmme has been launched, recognizing that clean and efficient energy, environmental protection and energy security are among the biggest challenges facing India and the United States and aims at tackling the issues by building capacity in these frontier areas.
The Program is envisaged to (i) Provide an opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities in leading US institutions (ii) Promote research and capacity building in the frontline area of Biofuels and Bioenergy (iii) Encourage and motivate outstanding students to take up research as a career path and (iv) Pave the way for the next generation scientists and technologists from India to interact with American peers, thus helping to build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.
Priority Areas include (i) Systems & Synthetic Biology (to produce biofuels) (ii) Feed stock improvement (microalgae, macro algae, cellulosic biomass, tree born oil) (iii) Production Technology (cost-effective technology for bio-ethanol, algal biofuel, bio-butanol, bio-hydrogen, fuel cells, bio-refinery) (iv) Biotechnological interventions for integration of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Utilization (v) Biotechnological interventions for Waste to Energy (vi) Bio jet Fuels and (vi) Microbial conversion of CO2/CO/H2 from effluents to fuels or chemicals.
Eligibility: For Student Internships, applicant should be an Indian citizen currently pursuing a Ph.D. on a full-time basis in the field of Biofuel related area in public-funded R&D lab/S&T institution / recognized academic institute / university /college in India. Applicant should not be over 32 years of age, as on 31st December 2019.
For Fellowships, applicant should be an Indian citizen with a Ph.D. in Life Science, Biotechnology, Engineering or Technology holding a regular Position in public funded R & D lab/ S & T Institution /recognized universities/ colleges in India. Applicants must provide proof of independent research work in internationally recognized academic journals. The Fellowship Programme is open only to applicants working in the field of Biofuels. Applicant should not be over 45 years of age as on 31st December 2019.
Fellowship /Internship Includes (i) Monthly Stipend (ii) Air-fare (iii) Contingency Allowance
Internship will be for a minimum of 3 months and up to a maximum of 6 months. Fellowships will be for a minimum of 3 months and up to 12 months.
Place of work: The applicant should have a letter of acceptance from a reputed US scientific/technological institution/laboratory where he/she would undertake the research work under the Fellowship/Internship.
Applications should be submitted though the link given in the Programme Notification given at https://iusstf.org/index.php, latest by 31.5.2019. Application Guidelines is also available at this link.