Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) will institute two Young
Investigator Awards per year. This is an attractive, career oriented
scheme to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with
innovative ideas and desirous of pursuing research in frontier areas of
Biotechnology, especially on the biology of chronic and infectious
Disease and Spice Genomics.
Young scientists below the age of 35 years will be considered for this award. Scientists in regular employment at RGCB will not be eligible for the award. The award consists of financial support for a 3 year project (upto Rs.10 lakhs per year) besides a fellowship of Rs.40,000/- per month (consolidated) under the mentorship of Senior Faculty of RGCB.
The applicant should have an excellent academic career and should have publications in high impact journals. The proposed research project should clearly reflect the innovative thinking and execution capabilities of the applicant. The following minimum eligibility conditions also apply :
The duration of the project will normally be for a period of three years subject to satisfactory progress. In case of research of outstanding merit, based on a review of the project by a committee of experts and their recommendations, the duration of the project may be extended by two more years up to a maximum period of five years.
Mere fufilling of minimum eligibility is not a criteria for applications being considered. The applications received from eligible candidates are reviewed by an expert committee for selection on the basis of their career profile, distinctions, quality of publications, patents, innovative thinking, scientific originality of the project and the detailed scientific comments. A maximum of two Awards may be given per year with a maximum of 5 Young Investigators at any point of time.
The expert committee will also monitor the progress of the project, judge any additional requirement of the project and take midcourse correction wherever essential. The review will be done once every year. In case of unsatisfactory progress, the fellowship can be terminated. The selection committee will also decide about extension of the project beyond three years.