Kochi: The Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India has invited applications for National Bioscience Award for Career Development (NBACD). The award was instituted to recognise outstanding contributions of young bio-scientists below 45 years through a grant for research projects to help in their career development. The award aims to boost outstanding research in basic and applied biosciences can be granted to 10 candidates for a given financial year. It carries a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakhs, a citation and Rs 3 Lakhs/year as research grant for three years.
 
bioscience awardEligibility:
i) Any Citizen of India including Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs), who is engaged in basic and applied research in the areas of biosciences and biotechnology in the country.
ii) Citizens of India should have made significant and outstanding contribution in the areas of biosciences/biotechnology during last 5 years and the work must have been done entirely in India. In case of OCIs, he/she should have made significant and outstanding contribution in the areas of biosciences/biotechnology while continuously staying and working for a period of 3 years in India or during their stay and work in India in total period of 5 years in piece meal basis over a period of 10 years. The work for which nomination is made must have been carried out in India.
iii) Candidate should submit a research project for advancement of his/her work in India for a period of next 3 years. OCIs have to stay and work in India for implementation of the proposed research project.
iv) He/she should be below the age of 45 years as on 31st December of the year of award. 
 
Nominations:
Names of candidates may be proposed in the prescribed proforma (Annexure) for consideration for the Award by the following categories of persons or organizations: Secretaries of S&T Departments; user Ministries (Departments such as Atomic Energy, Commerce, Environment & Forests, Health and Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Industry, New and Renewable Energy, Earth Sciences, Space); members of the Standing Advisory Committee (Overseas) of DBT, Directors General of Scientific Organizations (CSIR, DRDO, ICAR, ICMR); Presidents of Scientific Societies and Academies of all India character; Chairman UGC; Vice Chancellors /Directors of universities and deemed universities; Heads of R&D Institutions; Directors of National Research Laboratories and Member (Science), Planning Commission. The nominations should include a brief project proposal for proposed research in the next 3 years. 
 
Selection:
The selection of candidates for the award will be made on the basis of recommendations of Selection Committee. Only nominations complete in all respects as per proforma will be considered. 
 
The nominations (2 copies) neatly typed in double space on plain paper in the prescribed proforma complete with enclosures should reach on or before 31st December, 2015 to Mr. J.K. Dora, Under Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Room No. 611, 6th Floor, Block-II, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003 and a soft copy in MS-Word .doc file to be e-mailed to jagadish.dora@nic.in. 
 
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