Funding Schemes
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
I. Introduction
The setting up of a separate Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1986 gave a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. In more than a decade of its existence, the department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the country. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field has been seen. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry.
II. Name of scheme(s)

3.Biotech Product and Process Development
4.Basic Research
5.Human Resource Development
6.Infrastructure Facilities
7.International Cooperation
8.Medical Biotechnology
9.Bio resources
10.Plant Biotechnology
11.Societal Developments


" Attaining new heights in biotechnology research, shaping biotechnology into a premier precision tool of the future for creation of wealth and ensuring social justice - specially for the welfare of the poor"

i) realising biotechnology as one of the greatest intellectual enterprises of humankind, to provide the impetus that fulfills this potential of understanding life processes and utilizing them to the advantage of humanity.
ii)to launch a major well directed effort with significant investment, for harnessing biotechnological tools for generation of products, processes and technologies to enhance the efficiency and productivity and cost effectiveness of agriculture, nutritional security, molecular medicine, environmentally safe technologies for pollution abatement, biodiversity conservation and bioindustrial development.
iii) scientific and technological empowerment of India's incomparable human resource.
iv)creation of a strong infrastructure both for research and commercialisation, ensuring a steady flow of bioproducts, bioprocesses and new biotechnologies.

Who can submit a proposal
Academic Institutions, R&D Laboratories, Autonomous bodies, Industries etc.

When and how to submit a proposal
Proposal may be submitted in the prescribed format any time during the year. (For formats please visit )

Areas of research support

Animal Biotechnology
Aquaculture and Marine biotechnology
Basic Research in Biotechnology
Biological Control of Plants pests, diseases and weeds
Bioprospecting and Molecular Taxonomy
Biotech process engineering and industrial biotechnology
Biotechnology of Medicinal and Aromatics plants
Biotechnology of Silkworms and host-plants
Crop Biotechnology
Environment & Conservation Biotechnology
Food Biotechnology
Medical Biotechnology (Vaccines, Diagnostics, Drug Development, Human Genetics & Genome Analysis, Stem Cell
Microbial Biotechnology
Plant tissue Culture
Human Resource Development
Nano Biotechnology
Women Biotechnology & Programme for Rural Areas and SC/ST population
Jai Vigyan National S&T Missions
Patent Facilitation

Components of grant
Grants are for recurring and non-recurring requirements as well as for R&D staff supports, Recurring expenditure includes cost for chemicals, consumables, glassware, domestic travel, contingency etc. Nonrecurring expenditure includes support for capital equipment, instruments, facilities etc.

Items not allowed out of grant
Purchase of less important equipment/instrument, foreign travel etc. are generally discouraged.

Mechanism of implementation and monitoring
Internal screening, peer review, task force committees, Biotechnology Research Promotion Committee (BRPC) and experts groups.
Contact Address: Scientist In-charge Project Registry Cell Department of Biotechnology
Block 2, 7th Floor C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road New Delhi-110 003