Government has approved 122 new research projects at a cost of Rs 112 crore under its ‘IMPRINT-2’ initiative. The projects that have been approved cover domains such as Energy, Security, Healthcare, Advanced Materials, ICT and Security/Defence domains.
“Out of 2145 proposals, 122 best proposals were selected for funding under IMPRINT-II, advancing cutting edge level technology,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a statement today. “Of the 122 new IMPRINT projects sanctioned, 81 are sponsored by industry…This industry-academic collaboration will bring excellence in research,”Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Prakash Javadekar also added that the knowledge portal for monitoring the progress of research projects and to disseminate findings will be launched in October 2018.
The new research project proposals selected include: 35 (ICT); 18 (Advanced Materials), 17 (Healthcare Technology), 12 (Energy Security); 11 (Security & Defence); 9 (Sustainable Habitat); 7 Water Resource & River Systems; 5 (Environment & Climate); 4 (Manufacturing); and 4 (Nano Technology).
The Education Minister also added that now IMPRINT proposals are also open for higher education institutes including private institutes.
IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology or IMPRINT is the first of its kind government supported initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. It is a first-of-its- kind Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative aimed at developing a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in selected domains needed by the country.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had launched the IMPRINT Second phase in March. For the second phase the government had sanctioned a fund of Rs 1000 crore for research in Science and Technology which will be provided over the course of next two years, i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20.