Applications Invited for Fundamental Research under the bilateral program

Last date: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Detailed Description

About the Organization:

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is an Indian government department, under the Ministry of Science and Technology responsible for administrating development and commercialization in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry. Their vision is attaining new heights in biotechnology research, shaping biotechnology into a premier precision tool of the future for creation of wealth and ensuring social justice – specially for the welfare of the poor.

Fundamental Research under the bilateral program with Germany (DBT-DFG)

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) invites proposals for the Funding Opportunities for Indo-German Fundamental Research Projects in the Life Sciences.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) wish to inform the Indian and German scientific communities that, effective immediately, it is possible for teams of Indian and German researchers to seek synchronized funding for integrated Indo-German cutting-edge fundamental research projects proposing innovative approaches in the academic disciplines covered by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, with a duration of up to three years.

Focus Areas

  • Since this program addresses all fields of the life sciences, interested applicants may note that it is also suitable for Indo-German projects about epidemics or pandemics such as the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
  • Please note that in line with the general orientation of this program, only proposals describing fundamental research projects will be considered.
  • This excludes, for example, clinical trials or applied diagnostics. If you are unsure about whether a given project would count as fundamental research, please contact DBT and/or DFG before you write and submit a proposal.
  • DBT and DFG expect that proposals submitted under this funding initiative describe ambitious projects of curiosity-driven research, which do not just benefit from but essentially require international collaboration to achieve the defined objectives.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Government of India supported or recognized (Public or Private) academia; research organizations and urban or other local bodies;
  • Government of India recognized not-for-profit, NGO(s)/ VO(s)/ Trust(s)/ Research foundations, having research as one of the imperative mandates.


  • Eligible costs for funding are Capital expenditure (equipment); Manpower; Consumables; Travel (local & international travel, and local hospitality); Contingency; Overheads; Outsourcing; others. (Academician factor in additional sub-heads (in another category) such as training & awareness; workshops; publications; review meetings, etc. under expenditure based on the requirement of the project).

Call for Proposals

  • Proposals must be written in English and clearly marked as DBT-DFG proposals (as part of the project title).
  • They can be submitted at any time of the year but have to be submitted to both DFG and to DBT in parallel in accordance with the proposal preparation requirements of each side, respectively.
  • While conforming to the different respective regulations, forms, and submission procedures of the two agencies, the project descriptions must be identical in their substance.
  • As the projects must be fully integrated Indo-German research projects, it is expected that the proposals contain detailed information about the mode and essentiality of collaboration between the Indian and the German side.


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