Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) for promoting translational, India-centric research in sciences, to be implemented and managed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science (STARS) scheme was launched on the National Science Day, 28th February 2019 by MHRD (now renamed as Ministry of Education) worth Rs. 250 crore for funding 500 science projects. With the key objective of supporting socially relevant research, the following six basic thrust areas have been identified:
To fund science projects which are translational, i.e. which have direct implications for the progress of the country, through a competitive process in an open and transparent manner
Basic thrust would be to take stock of an existing problem and work backwards towards conducting research for a solution
Promoting an inter-disciplinary and translational approach in research for synergy, de-duplication and greater comprehensiveness and relevance of research activities
Orient science towards addressing needs and issues of the country in key sectors like health, agriculture, energy, environment, security etc.
Attain demonstrable international benchmarks in scientific research
Permanent faculty members from Higher Educational institutions viz., the MHRD-funded technical institutes (IISc, IITs, IISERs, NITs) and Central Universities; and Non-MHRD funded Institutions with NIRF ranking within 100 (overall category) or NAAC 3.26 and above (colleges or universities). PIs from MHRD funded research institutions will not be eligible.
Permanent faculty members from any Indian institution can be a co-PI in principle. However, for co-PI institution to receive funds, only MHRD funded higher educational institutions (not research institutions) who satisfy the NAAC criteria of 3.26 and better will be eligible.
The MHRD-funded institution should register in category 1 or 2, and not register under non-MHRD funded institutions, even if the NIRF/NAAC criteria is satisfied.
Indian lnstitute of Science (IISc) Bangalore would be the National Coordinator for the STARS programme to implement and monitor the programme as per scheme guidelines.
All the proposals would be received online through STARS website created and managed by IISc.
The procedure adopted in the current funding cycle will be as follows: