National Science & Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS)


I. Scope and Objectives

The Scientific and Technological activities play a vital role in the economic, social and physical development of a country. Scientific and technological research needs huge investments and calls for a judicious utilisation of scarce resources like investment, trained manpower, raw materials etc. A better planning of S&T resources has become very crucial for the Government in directing and regulating Science and Technology. The growth of Science and Technology, its performance and impact on society and economy are indicators to assess the effectiveness of planning and policy formulation. For the development of Science and Technology, its effective utilisation of available resources and for proper planning and for formulating S&T policies, it is necessary to build Science and Technology Information on a continuous basis. The National Science and Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS) under the Department of Science and Technology is entrusted with the task of collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of vital S&T information at a national level for evidence based policy planning for the S&T sector. Some of the broader areas where resources studies could be taken up are:

  • S&T Manpower
  • S&T Investment
  • S&T Infrastructure
  • S&T Output

While some of the data would be collected and processed in-house, it has become necessary to involve other interested individuals/organisations to take up programmes in a project mode. A list of such suggested areas where projects could be formulated is enclosed. The guidelines for formulating projects, the prescribed format for submission of projects and the related documents to be submitted are also given in this document.

II. Who can submit a proposal

Scientists, Technologists, Statisticians, Economists, Sociologists, Development/Planning/ Policy Experts, Management Specialists etc. from Academic/Research Institutions, Registered Societies, Voluntary Agencies (NGOs), Professional bodies and Consulting Organisations etc. can submit proposals.

III. When can submit the proposal

The proposal can be submitted at any time during the year, as this is a continuing activity.

IV. Address for sending the proposals :

The proposal can be submitted at any time during the year, as this is a continuing activity.

The Head : National Science and Technology Management Information System Division (NSTMIS), Department of Science and Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road New Delhi - 110 016.

Telephone : 011-26590331,26523432, 26590371,26590267
  Fax : 011-26523432
e-mail : parora[at]nic[dot]in, namita[at]nic[dot]in, anrai[at]nic[dot]in

V. Suggested Areas

  • S&T Manpower

Scientific & Technological (S&T) Manpower constitutes one of the major input resources to Scientific and Technological activities. S&T Manpower is also an indirect measurement of the strength of the country by contributing to the socio-economic development through S&T activities. Such contributions would be substantial if planning based on data/analysis is made for identifying and developing the types of scientific, technical and professional skills that the economy needs. For this purpose, manpower studies relating to the following areas are relevant:

  • Assessment of mismatch between out-turn and deployment of S&T personnel.
  • Assessment of S&T personnel gainfully employed with regard to their education and training.
  • Assessment of anticipated gaps in demand and supply position of S&T manpower in the present and future years keeping in view of the national priorities and the new/emerging areas including globalisation.
  • Analysis of the salary structures of S&T personnel in different sectors.
  • Establishment of computerised information system on S&T manpower, supply demand, deployment, migration and related issues.
  • Analysis of professional S&T Manpower migrating to areas other than their specialisation especially non-scientific/technical spheres.

S&T Investment

Investments on R&D and related S&T activities are carried out by Central Sector, State Sector and Private Sector. The investments are by way of in-house R&D (National laboratories, Grants-in-aid R&D institutions, Public Sector undertakings, Private Industries and State Governments) and through Extramural time bound R&D projects (by Central Government Ministries/Departments/Agencies and to some extent by State Governments).The Department of Science and Technology brings out on a regular basis a publication entitled R&D Statistics which gives the details of R&D and related S&T expenditure at a global level. The Department maintains a database of extramural R&D projects funded by major Central S&T Departments since 1990-91. However, this database needs further updation in terms of objectives of the projects, equipment provided, manpower, expertise of investigator, areas of research, output of the projects etc. Further, information have to be collected for the in-house R&D projects carried out by Public Sector and Private Sector Industries. Towards this end, the project proposals in the following areas are relevant:

  • Subject area-wise studies of R&D and identification of the gap areas as well as emerging areas that need further attention/thrust.
  • Assessment of the R&D investment in comparison with other countries.
  • Successful models of stimulating private sector participation in Investment in R&D and related S&T activities at state level.
  • Stimulating research in universities.
  • R&D and innovation in SMEs.
  • Investment on R&D by MNCs.
  • Innovation assessment in traditional industries and sectors.
  • Innovation in Public Research Organisations.

S&T Infrastructure

Over a period of time considerable infrastructural facilities have been created for the Research and Development activities. Creation of institutions in the specialised areas of research and acquiring new sophisticated scientific equipments at various institutions etc. add to the infrastructural facilities. For the proper planning and policy making one has to take stock of the existing infrastructural facilities. Creation of databases/studies in the following areas are relevant:

  • Creation of information directories on S&T institutions, giving details of facilities available, areas of research, functions and achievements, manpower, R&D projects being handled etc.
  • Assessment of S&T system, infrastructure, resources input and output of R&D in India and also between countries.
  • Identification of the newly emerging areas as well as gap areas where new institutions have to be established.
  • Analysis of investments of major facilities created/equipment procured under R&D efforts
  • Research (University/National Labs)-Industry Linkages

S&T Output

In order to measure the output of S&T investments, various models have to be developed, project proposals in the following areas are relevant:

  • Analysis of S&T output in terms of publications, patents, new products and processes developed.
  • Development of models for assessment of the S&T endeavour and economic and social well being.
  • To evolve a mode to measure the output of R&D projects.
  • Development of new indicators in R&D and innovation.
  • Appropriability of IPR in Indian firms in S&T sector.
  • Technology Transfer and commercialization of patents in public and private sector R&D.
  • Measurement of the outcome of the completed projects vis-à-vis with the R&D investments.
  • Assessment of the impact of R&D on socio-economic development.
  • Highlight of the major achievements of R&D efforts.

Note: The areas suggested above are indicative and not exhaustive, Proposals in other related areas are also welcome.

VI. General Terms and Conditions

  • The project proposals should clearly focus on any of the areas listed in this document and should be in confirmity with the scope of the scheme.
  • The proposal should be routed through the Head of the Institute and should be submitted in the prescribed format given in this document at any time during the year.
  • The scheme does not provide funds for infrastructure like vehicles, buildings, permanent equipment etc. However, if any dedicated equipment required for the project work exclusively can be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Every project should be a Local Project Advisory Committee (LPAC) of experts constituted in consultation with DST. This committee should discuss the progress/problems of the project and also provide expert advise in conducting the study.
  • Final project completion report should be discussed in detail by the Local Project Advisory Committee (LPAC) and prepared as per the format.
  • The institution where the project is proposed to be implemented assumes administrative responsibilities of the project.
  • The manpower recruited for the project should be paid as per the rules of the institute and guidelines of Government of India.
  • The proposals are scrutinised by experts in the field and if necessary, the Principal Investigator will be invited to DST to make a presentation to the experts.
  • The DST reserves the right to terminate the grant at any stage if it is convinced that the grant has not been properly utilised or appropriate progress is not being made.
  • The project will become operative with effect from the date on which the grant is received by the institute.
  • The date of start of project will be intimated by the Institute to the DST. It will, in no case, be later than one month after the receipt of the grant by the Institute. If the PI to whom a project has been sanctioned wishes to leave the Institute where the project is based, the Institute/investigator will inform the same to the DST and in consultation with DST, the Institute shall evolve with DST, steps to ensure successful completion of the project before relieving the PI.
  • Association of a Co-Investigator is essential to ensure smooth implementation of the project. In case, the PI is not able to continue with the project, the institute would nominate Co-PI associated with the project for its successful completion.
  • The institute shall submit to DST the necessary expenditure statement, Audited Statement of Accounts, Utilisation Certificate in respect of the funds released in connection with the implementation of the projects. The PI shall furnish a six monthly progress report to DST indicating the achievements/progress as well as the problems by them if any.
  • The funds will be released in the name of the institute only.
  • Overheads on project to be provided at the rate of 10% of the total project cost for educational institutions & NGOs and 8% for laboratories & institutions under Central Government departments/agencies.

The project shall become operative from the day the grant is received by the grantee institutions from the government department.

VII. Documents required at the time of submission of project proposalstop

Documents No. of Copies

  • Research proposal as per the format- 5 Copies initially.
  • Certificate from Investigator(s) (see item VIII) - One Copy
  • Certificate from the Head of the Institute on letter head (see item IX) - One Copy
  • 10 Names and address of Experts/Institutions/Government Departments interested in the subject/outcome of the project
  • Status of the Institute (in case of Registered bodies, Registration Certificate voluntary agencies, non-profitable charitable institutions, consulting organisations etc.) - One Copy
  • Biodata of the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s) to included in each copy of the proposal.
  • Check list for new project (see item XI) - One Copy
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