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.

Indo-U.S. Virtual Networked Centers

Indo-U.S. Virtual Networked Centers

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Indo-U.S. Virtual Networked Centers provide a platform to enable Indian and American scientists from academia, laboratories and industry to carry out joint research activities by leveraging already existing infrastructure and funding available with the partners on both sides.

  • Knowledge R & D Networked Centers aim to encourage joint project implementation amongst Indian and American scientists from Academia and Laboratories on focal areas of research through networking may also provide opportunities for integrating research with education.

  • Public-Private Virtual Networked Centers enable Indian and American scientists from Academia and Industry to work together to promote pre-commercial R & D activities having potential towards applied research and product development. These Centers are aimed to best capitalize on the scientific and technological innovations in translating ideas from the bench to the market place.

  • Qualified researchers from all disciplines of Science, Technology and Engineering working at Indian and American Academic Institutions, Laboratories and Industries. The research topic should be of high scientific quality, originality and relevance to cover areas of topical and mutual interest.
  • Minimum of two Indian and two American distinct institutional partners (2+2 Partnership Mode).
  • All partners should have intellectual and financial stake in the Networked Centers activities by contributing resources required for the project execution (including associated salary costs).
  • Proof of existing funding support available towards infrastructure and equipment has to be provided as a part of the proposal.
Type and Extent of Funding by IUSSTF
  • Round-trip international airfare by economy class and shortest route to visit partnering institutions.
  • Per diem for visiting researchers with short stays upto 2 weeks and long stays for upto a 4- week period.
  • Related costs to cover accommodation and/or local hospitality.
  • Contingencies upto INR One Lakh for dissemination of research, educational materials and reports.

The proposal should be submitted through Online Submission Portal

Funding Duration
  • Funding is generally granted for a two-year period upto maximum of INR Fifty Lakh.
Proposal Evaluation
  • Proposals will be considered on basis of peer-reviews conducted in both India and the United States.
Submission Deadline*
31 August
Award Announcements
31 January 

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

Contact Information

Dr. Nishritha Bopana
Principal Science Officer
Dr. Babulal Chaudhary
Program Officer