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The Infosys Science Prize

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The Infosys Prize – Securing India’s scientific future

The Infosys Prize endeavors to elevate the prestige of scientific research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in scientific research.

The Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust, was set up in February 2009 by the management of Infosys. The Foundation instituted the Infosys Prize, an annual award, to honor outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists across five categories : Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Life Sciences, each carrying a prize of rupees 50 Lakh. The award intends to celebrate success in scientific research and stand as a marker of excellence in these fields.

A jury, comprising eminent leaders in each of these fields, evaluates the achievements of the nominees against the standards of international research, placing the winners on par with the finest researchers in the world.

Categories

The award will be presented annually in five categories:

Physical Sciences – Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science
Mathematical Sciences – Mathematics and Statistics
Engineering and Computer Science – All branches of Engineering
Life Sciences – Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine and Agriculture
Social Sciences* – Economics, History, Sociology, Anthropology and
Political Science

*Under the Social Science category, 2 subjects will be considered per Prize year. In 2010, work in the areas of Sociology and Anthropology will be considered.

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Indo-US Joint Clean Energy R&D Center

Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) is proposed to be established under a joint initiative between the Government of India and the US Department of Energy. The center is envisaged to undertake collaborative R & D to advance clean energy technologies by teams of scientists, technologists and engineers from India and the United States, and related joint activities, needed to deploy clean energy technologies. To achieve this objective, the Indo-US JCERDC will support multi-institutional network project costs using public-private partnership model of funding support.

The initial priority areas under the Indo-US JCERDC are:

Letters of Intent to participate in the JCERDC are invited from Indian academia, research institutions and industry partners together in a consortia mode.

ELIGIBLE GROUPS

  • Awards will be made to a consortium with the knowledge and experience to undertake first-rate collaborative research programs. These consortia will leverage existing resources and physical infrastructure.
  • The application should be jointly submitted by the U.S.-Indian researchers who would be members of the Consortia based on their mutual interests, priorities and strength.

On receiving the LOI, a prestakeholder meet will be organized, following which the final call for proposal will be made. Funding will be competitively awarded through a joint review process, solely on the basis of the merit and feasibility of the final proposal.

The program will be coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and administered through the binational Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (lUSSTF).

Submission Deadline: 26 September 2010
For more details visit: www.indousstf.org

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Call for R&D Proposals

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) proposes to strengthen the interface between industry, R&D Establishments and academic institutions and provide support for the journey from proof of concept to commercialization. Support could be 50% of eligible project cost or higher, if justified.

Last Date for submission of Applications is 30 September 2010

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More information on their website www.dsir.gov.in

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India Innovation Initiative -i3-2010

Call for Application for India Innovation Initiative 2010 – Last date 15th July 2010

Call for Application for India Innovation Initiative -i3-2010

Objective
The objective of the India Innovation Initiative project is to create an innovation eco-system in the country by sensitizing, encouraging and promoting innovators and facilitating commercialization of the innovations.

Who can participate ?
Participation is open to all innovators in the age group of 18 years and above.

This includes :

All colleges, universities and Institutes.
Innovators from R&D Institutions and Labs.
Entrepreneurs, Industry professionals and Freelance Innovators.
Grassroot Innovators through NGOs and Rural development organizations.

Important dates in snapshot

1. Start Date of Registration May 2010
2. Last date for receiving entries 15th July 2010.
3. Announcement of shortlisted names for the regional Fairs 3rd week of August
4. Regional Fairs 15-30 Sept, 2010
5. i3 National Fair End of October, 2010

To promote and inculcate a spirit of innovation in India, many steps have been taken by both the government of India as well as by Industry leaders to encourage application of breakthrough technology ideas in the society.

Addressing the need to expand the young innovators initiative to those above 18 years &include a wider scope of participation from all potential innovators, CII &DST have now joined hands with Agilent to launch the nation-wide innovation competition for all innovators above the age group of 18+, “India Innovation Initiative – i3″.

India Innovation Initiative

i3 aims to capture the innovative ideas from the Indian innovators in the age group of 18 years and above, including students, innovators from R&D Institutes &Labs, Industry professionals and individual innovators/Entrepreneurs, grassroots innovators etc.

After the last year’s great response i3 this year has decided to have four regional fairs for preliminary selection of innovations which it will receive from all over India. Each region will shortlist innovations based on creativity, innovation, implementation strategy and relevance.

We expect to receive over 500 innovations per region. Innovations will be selected by a Novelty search which will be conducted by APTDC and TNTDPC .Only those innovations which are patented or have the high potential of being patented will be selected for the Regional Fairs.

Further the most potent and relevant innovations ( approx.40 ) will be selected for the national i3 fair by a panel of expert jury. The winners will be chosen at the National Fair once again by a panel of eminent jury.
Their will be cash prizes, awards, recognition and support to winners.

Evaluation will be based on:

i) Maturity level of the innovation
ii) Business Potential

To participate and know more about this registration procedures visit – http://bit.ly/b2lUCY

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Financial Assistance

The Government of India constituted the Technology Development Board (TDB) in September 1996,under the Technology Development Board Act, 1995, as a statutory body, to promote development and commercialization of indigenous technology and adaptation of imported technology for wider application. The board consists of 11 Board members. The Government reconstituted the Board in March 2000. The TDB is the first organization of its kind within the government framework with the sole objective of commercializing the fruit of indigenous research. The Board plays a pro active role by encouraging enterprises to take up technology oriented products.

Technology development board aims at accelerating the development and commercialisation of indegenous technology or adapting imported technology to wider domestice application.

The Board provides financial assistance in the form of equity soft loans or grants.

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Click Here to Read the Document of Technology Development Board Fund for Technology Development and Application Guidance for access to the fund.

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Communicating with our minds

The ability to send your thoughts to someone else seems like a type of magic. But scientists around the world are working on systems that might one day let us communicate with each other just by thinking.

The key to this type of communication is developing a robust computer-brain interface. We will need computers to detect, interpret and send our thoughts through a network to the proper recipient. Computers will also receive, decode and deliver thoughts to the person on the other end of the communication. Strictly speaking, we won’t be able to communicate with only our minds — we’ll still depend upon computers to do most of the work.

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