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Research Grants

The institutions proposing a project for support are expected to commit the use of the existing infrastructure available with them. ISRO provides financial grants to support fellowship, materials, consumables, internal travel, testing charges, data etc.The fund for purchase of only essential minor equipments which are not available in the institution and would be useful for future projects will also be provided. There is no provision for any kind of payment to the Principal Investigator (or other staff) belonging to the Institution. The allocated funds cannot be used for travel abroad for any reasons.

Guidelines governing the allocation of funds by ISRO are set out below. These may change from time to time.

Grants for the purchase of equipment may be provided for the investigation. The equipment must be of a specialized nature, required exclusively for the project and is either not available at, or cannot be spared from, parent Institution for the project. Such equipment should be useful for new projects to be taken up in future. In this category, PC/Computer means desktop computer only.

Appointment of approved Research Fellows to support PI in the project activities can be made by the Academic/Research Institution for the approved project. The services of supporting staff like administrative personnel, support technical staff, technicians & technical Assistants, Surveyor, data entry operators etc., will have to be exclusively sourced by the academic or research institution undetaking the project and funds sanctioned under the project should not be diverted for the purpose. However, at the closure of the project, ISRO cannot assume any responsibility of providing continuity in employment either in the same or new project for the project staff. Such project staff who will have no claim whatsoever for recruitment in ISRO on any.

ยท The selection and appointment of the above project staff is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator as per the rules in vogue in respective / academic research institutions. These should be made according to the normal selection procedures of the university or institution submitting the research proposal. The qualification/ experience required and the salary offered shall be as per ISRO norms and the selection should have the approval of the head of the institution according to the rules followed in the respective Institution.

The research personnel who are associated with the project may be awarded ISRO’s research Fellowships according to guidelines laid down by ISRO for this purpose. Details on the award of Research personnel are given in following sections.

Approved grant may be utilized for the following heads only:

 

Purchase of books and scientific literature, which are essential for the investigation, and are not available in the concerned academic/research Institution. Subscription for Journals are normally not permitted and expenditure towards Journals cannot be charged to project. In the event of a particular Journal which is not available in the academic/research institution and which is very important and relevant to the investigation may be procured on single copy basis or Photostat copies only on prior approval of ISRO. Subscription to journals on a regular basis cannot be covered by these funds.

 

Special consumable materials essential to the project.

 

Computer time, observatory time and other services.

 

Travel within India, in connection with the project or for attending seminars and symposia of relevance to the subject of the investigation.

 

Miscellaneous expenses (contingency) such as typing charges, stationery, postage, etc.

All requirements of foreign exchange for the purchase of equipment and/or consumables should be clearly identified and mentioned in the budget. The Academic Institution /Research Institution shall arrange to provide the required foreign exchange to the project and ISRO will provide equivalent money in Indian Rupees.

No funds are available for international travel either partly or fully, for personnel connected with the project.

 

ISRO does not provide funds in the project for printing any material in connection with the project.

ISRO does not grant any funds for buildings and civil works for housing any equipment or personnel. However, charges for equipment installation can be provided only on specific approvals.

All travel in connection with the project should be approved by the Principal Investigator according to the TA/DA rules of the concerned Institution. The mode of Journey including air-travel may also be approved by him so that the implementation of the project takes place in time subject to the condition that the institution has no objection to such an arrangement and that the travel expenses are contained within the budgetary provisions for the project approved by ISRO

The funds will be sanctioned under different specific heads and will normally be released by ISRO once in every year. Reappropriation of funds among different approved heads is not permissible.

If the total grant released to an Institution is not fully spent, the unspent balance will be deducted out of the approved budget earmarked for next immediate release.

Any unspent grant at the end of the project will have to be returned to Pay and Accounts Officer, Department of Space,Antariksh Bhavan,New BEL road, Bangalore-560 231

Terms and Conditions of ISRO Research grants

1.

ISRO reserves the right to revoke in whole or in part the funds approved for a project at any time without assigning any reason.

2.

Approved funds must be utilized solely for the purpose for which they have been granted unless ISRO agrees other wise. A certificate that the funds have been so used must be produced by the grantee Institution at the end of each year of support.

3.

Acknowledgement of ISRO support must be made in all reports and publications arising out of an approved project/investigation. The Institution will take prior permission of ISRO before publishing any work based on an ISRO supported project. Such permission will not be unreasonably withheld.

4.

Two copies of all publications resulting from the research conducted with the aid of the grants should be submitted to ISRO.

5.

No investigator receiving a grant from ISRO may make commercial use of the results of the work through patents or otherwise. ISRO reserves the exclusive right to determine whether any patent shall be taken out and for which commercial use, if any, shall be made of any result of the investigations. All patents shall be in the name of ISRO and ISRO shall retain exclusive rights to commercially exploit them. The share, if any, for the royalty to the Investigator, the patent Institution and ISRO will be determined by ISRO.

6.

The Principal Investigator is required to submit two copies of yearly reports indicating the progress of the work accomplished. He is also required to submit two copies of a detailed scientific/technical report on the results of the research and development work after the completion of the project. One copy of these reports should be sent to the address to which the proposal was sent and other to the scientific Secretary, ISRO Headquarters. Annual reports should be sent to enable release of funds for the subsequent year. The reports will become the property of ISRO.

7.

ISRO may designate scientists/specialists to visit the Institution periodically, for reviewing the progress of work on an ISRO-funded project.

8.

An inventory of items purchased from ISRO funds should be sent to ISRO giving the description of the equipment, brief specifications, cost in rupees, date of purchase and name of supplier along with a purchase certificate from the Head of the Institution. All items of equipment and non -consumable items costing more than Rs. 5,000 remain the property of ISRO and ISRO reserves and right to recall, transfer or dispose them off either during the tenure or on the termination of the project.

9.

The accounts of the expenses incurred out of ISRO funds should be properly maintained and should be audited by an approved auditor. The final financial documents comprising of audited accounts statement and fund utilization certificate in duplicate, should be sent to ISRO at the end of each financial year of support. The final financial documents pertaining to the project should be sent to ISRO for every operational year of the project sufficiently in advance to enable the release of funds for the subsequent year. It is the responsibility of the institution to submit the Fund Utilization Certificate (FUC) and Audited Accounts Statement (AAS) to Pay and Accounts Officer (PAO),Department of Space at the end of 12 months from the date of drawl of grant(s) from ISRO for Research Projects and at the end of 6 months for Conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops/ Symposium etc. It is mandatory for all institutions drawing grants from Department of Space to submit all financial documents within the stipulated period and any delay in the submission of the financial documents for all grants drawn from Department to Pay and Accounts Officer (PAO), Department of Space will result in delay in release of funds. In such situations, the PI cannot seek extension of project or modification of objectives of the project.

10.

The funds for the projects are released on annual basis. Further release of funds for ensuing year will be based on the technical performance of the project and utilization of the funds released for the project during the previous year. Any unspent balance shown in the reporting year, will be adjusted with the funds due for release during the next year.

11.

If the total amount sanctioned is not spent during the whole period of support, the remainder amount must be surrendered to the Pay and Accounts Officer, Department of Space, within one month after completion of the project.

12.

The Institution cannot divert the grants for a project to another institution if it is not in a position to execute or complete the assignment. In such a case the entire amount of the grant must be immediately refunded to ISRO.

13.

A register of assets, permanent and semi-permanent, should be maintained by the Institution and this should be available for scrutiny by ISRO staff.

14.

The assets acquired wholly or substantially out of an ISRO grant should not, without prior sanction, be disposed off or transferred to other agencies or utilized for purposes other than that for which the grant is sanctioned.

15.

The terms and conditions of ISRO research grants are subject to change from time to time, but the funding of any project till its completion will be governed by the terms and conditions existed on the date of starting of the project, unless mutually agreed to otherwise. The academic institution/PI cannot claim revision of fellowships or any of its elements from a retrospective date.

16.

ISRO reserves the right to transfer any approved project(s) from one institution to other institutions in the event of institution’s inability to continue the project , PI leaving the institution etc. 

 

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