Innovative Young Biotechnologist Fellowships 2012

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    IYBA (Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award) 2012

    Govt of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dept of Biotechnology (DBT) invites applications for the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) for the year 2012

    The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) was instituted by the Dept of Biotechnology in the year 2005, as an attractive, career oriented scheme to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire to pursue research in frontier areas of biotechnology

    Awardees having a regular employment will receive a cash award of Rs 1.00/- lakh every year during the course of the project in addition to grants-in-aid of Rs 50.00/- lakhs for a project

    The awardees, those are not in the regular employment will receive a fellowship of Rs 40,000/- per month with grants-in-aid and shall be attached to a senior scientist (mentor) in a university, research Institute, Medical/Agriculture/ Veterinary College or any other institute of repute

    It is expected that the awardees will work independently and the mentor will facilitate the awardees research efforts

    The applicant should be an Indian National

    Eligibility: The applicant should have an excellent academic career and also should have publications in high impact journals and/or should have invented technologies supported by Indian/International patents

    The proposed research project should clearly reflect the innovative thinking and execution capabilities of the applicant

    The minimum eligibility criteria for applicants will be the candidate should have secured first class grades in examinations of all academic courses for award of a degree from the graduate level onwards

    Cumulative publication impact factor of 10 of only either first author or corresponding author; or Cumulative publication impact factor of 5 of only either first author or corresponding author with two published Indian Patents or one International patent

    Qualification: Ph.D in any branch of life sciences including Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacy, Agricultural Sciences, and Engineering sciences

    Master degree in Medicine, Engineering/Technology is also eligible to apply

    Age Limit: 35 years or below as on 31st December, 2012

    Age relaxation of 5 years would be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC, women and physically handicapped category (necessary attested copies of supporting documents to this effect have to be enclosed)

    In addition to the above minimum eligibility criteria, it is essential that the proposed project work is carried out in any recognized research institution/university in India having adequate facilities to carry out the proposed research project

    A consent letter from the institution/university should be furnished along with the application

    A nomination/recommendation by a fellow of any of the national academies, or a Director of National Laboratory, or a Head of a S&T Dept of Govt of India, or a Vice-Chancellor of a University or an eminent scientist in the field of biotechnology is also essential

    The nomination letter should indicate the candidate’s competence for the fellowship and should be sent directly in confidence to Dr T Madhan Mohan, Adviser, DBT, Dept of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Block-2, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003

    Award: The award shall cover the non-recurring and recurring financial grants for performing and executing an innovative research plan as proposed by the awardee

    Grant for equipment, computational and communication facilities, consumables, contingencies and travel will be covered as required for the research project

    In addition a fellowship of Rs 40,000/- per month will be admissible for awardees who do not have a regular employment or are not drawing any other fellowship

    If during the course of the project, the awardee finds a regular employment or receives any other fellowship, the awardee should immediately inform the fact to the DBT and the monthly payment of fellowship from the subsequent month onward will be discontinued

    In this situation the awardees will receive Rs 1.00 lakh cash award per annum similar to the awardees those are in regular employment

    Awardees having a regular employment will receive a cash award of Rs 1.00 lakh every year during the course of the project in addition to the equipment and other recurring grants except the fellowship amount

    Selection Procedure: Eligible candidate will submit application in the prescribed format

    The applications after initial screening by numerical calculation of impact factor/citation index of research publications and patents will be reviewed by the expert committee for selection of IYBA on the basis of their career profile, distinctions, publications, patents, innovative thinking, scientific originality of the project and the detailed scientific comments

    Short listed applicants will be invited for making a presentation to support their candidature

    Each candidate will be given 30 minutes to make the presentation

    Successful candidates up to maximum of 25 will be recommended for the IYBA 2012

    Application Form: Applications (2 copies) neatly typed on plain paper in the prescribed format along with enclosures and certified copies to be sent to Dr T Madhan Mohan, Adviser, Dept of Biotechnology, Block-2, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003, so as to reach latest by 23rd November, 2012

    Soft copy of the application also needs to be sent to

    For more details and application format, please visit DBT websites or Government of India

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