New Delhi: Aiming to advance research and foster innovations in cutting edge areas of nanobiotechnology, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology has invited proposals to address various issues related to human life by means of nano-biotech products.
In this context, the researchers in India have been asked by the DBT to send innovative proposals on health, agriculture, food and environment, addressing issues within these verticals through basic and applied nano-biotechnological research interventions. Academia and industrial R&D units (in collaboration with academic partner) have been encouraged to submit the proposals in DBT format through e-Promis under “Call for Proposals” in the area of nano-biotechnology before September 30, 2016.
As per circular from the DBT, these priority areas include but not limited to:
- Design and development of new therapeutics and targeted drug/si RNA delivery vehicles
- Novel formulations for existing drugs to enhance their efficacy
- Diagnostics for early diseases detection and imaging
- Design and development of smart Nano system /devices for tissue & bone engineering, cosmeceutics and other medical applications
- Nano enabled system for – efficient delivery of pesticides, fertilizers and nutrients in crops, enzymatic bioprocessing, textile engineering,food packaging and improvement of food quality
- Diagnostics for detection of chemicals and pathogens in food and crops
- Understanding the safety of nanomaterials/Nano systems in the backdrop of emerging regulations (Categories below I &II are not applicable)
The proposals of the below three categories would be considered and may be marked accordingly:
- Use Inspired Discovery and Early Translational Science: The research objectives of the proposal should have clearly defined roadmap for scientific outcomes and for future application strategies.
- Translational Research: Under this category the proposals should already have demonstrated proof of concept, requiring further application oriented translational studies and /or support for product development
- Developing Critical Tools for Translational Research: The proposals should aim at developing innovative tools and process for preclinical research in the priority areas