Important Notice for BHAVAN Awardees 2019/2020

With the recent travel ban and advisories issued by the Indian and U.S. Governments due to the Coronavirus situation, and in light of the U. S. Embassy cancelling all current and future visa appointments in India for an indefinite period of time, BHAVAN awardees are advised to NOT seek the DS2019 documentation from their U.S. Host as yet. For those BHAVAN awardees who have received DS 2019 form/valid visa, please note that no outward travel will be approved until further notice. As soon as the situation improves, we will get in touch with you with the next steps. Until then, please practice social distancing and stay safe and healthy.

We understand that BHAVAN Awardees currently in the U.S. may face some uncertainty and travel restrictions in returning to India. However, for those who wish to return to India now, IUSSTF will make arrangements to facilitate the same.

Bilateral Workshops/Symposia/Training Programs

Important Notice :

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, IUSSTF will not be soliciting applications for Bilateral Workshops/Symposia/Training Programs and Indo-U.S. Virtual Networked Centers at this time. As the situation evolves, we will post updates on our website and social media platforms; Please note that IUSSTF personnel will be available over email during regular office hours to answer your queries. Until then, please practice social distancing and stay safe and healthy.

Bilateral Workshops/Symposia/Training Programs


Dissemination of information and creating awareness through substantive interactions between Indian and American scientists and researchers from academia, laboratories and industry with the explicit aim to develop sustained linkages. The proposals should to be designed around a theme of common interest that has a high potential for generating follow-up activities.

  • Qualified researchers from all disciplines of Science, Technology and Engineering working at Indian and American Academic Institutions and Laboratories. The topic should be of high scientific quality, and relevance to cover areas of topical and mutual interest.
  • Minimum of one Indian and one American institutional partner (1+1 Partnership Mode).
  • The event date should be on or before 28th February for 1st March deadline and 30th September for 31st August deadline.
Proposal Evaluation

The proposals are peer reviewed both in India and the United States. The final shortlisting takes into consideration several factors in addition to peer review in India and U.S., such as encouraging new groups as well as topics, background of Indian and U.S. workshop coordinators as well as proposed speakers, perceived advantage(s) for both Indian and U.S. sides, potential for developing mutually advantageous collaboration(s), etc. The process is highly competitive and partial support is provided only to a very small number of workshops due to availability of limited funds.

Type and Extent of Funding:

IUSSTF provides partial funding towards the following expenditure related to the event:
  • International and Domestic Airfare (by economy class & shortest route not exceeding prescribed limits)
  • Accommodation and other event-related costs

Proposal should be submitted online at https://ws.iusstf.org

Submission Deadlines: 1 March & 31 August

The call for proposals is open through the year with submission deadline of 1st March and 31st August.

Contact Information

Dr. Nishritha Bopana
Principal Science Officer
Ms.Pushpa Iyer
Program Officer