Scholarship Examination in India

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)  offers ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship for applicants from the ICGEB Member States ( The programme provides support for research projects in basic science, human healthcare, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and bioenergy. CRP-ICGEB Early Career Return Grants fund young researchers with an outstanding track record, who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and who have returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish an independent laboratory.

ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship

  • AREAS OF STUDY : Basic Sciences, Human Healthcare, Industrial and Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioenergy
  • LEVEL : Research
  • PROVIDED TO : Young Indian Scientists to pursue research projects in Basic Sciences, Human Healthcare, Industrial and Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioenergy

Funding opportunities are made available through the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) – ICGEB Research Grants, which is a dedicated source of funding aimed at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance for the host country and of regional interest.

Established in 1988, the programme aims to stimulate collaborative research in Member States and with the ICGEB Component laboratories, to promote training of young scientists and to facilitate the creation of appropriate research facilities.

ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship details

Grants are awarded to contribute to the implementation of outstanding scientific research projects. An important element of successful applications is the feasibility of the proposed project within the designated time-frame (maximum 36 months). The maximum annual contribution from ICGEB is Euro 25,000.

Funds can only be used to cover expenditures that are directly relevant to the project. This may include purchasing consumable items, scientific literature and basic standard laboratory equipment. Travel and training costs can also be covered.

Salaries of the Principal Investigators and infrastructural support (e.g., normal administrative and overhead expenses of the Institution, maintenance and rental of capital equipment, building, etc.) are not admissible and cannot be funded.

To read about the kind of ground-breaking research on HIV infection, dynamic changes in replication, autophagy, adaptive immunity and more that is being supported by ICGEB, download the information on the ICGEB Research Grants awarded under the 2016 call for Applications.

ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants for CRP – ICGEB Research Grant proposals  should hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the ICGEB Member States.

Active collaboration with ICGEB Research Groups is welcome but is not mandatory.

Investigating groups do not qualify for submission of applications:

i) if previously awarded projects have not been evaluated and satisfactorily concluded;
ii) if the University or Research Institute of the Principal Investigator is based in Italy.

A special category of CRP-ICGEB Early Career Return Grants is intended to fund young researchers with an outstanding track record, who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and have recently returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish their own independent laboratories.

Applicants for Early Career Return Grants should be no more than 40 years of age at the time of application.

Applicants should have returned to an ICGEB Member State (except Italy) no more than 2 years prior to submitting the application.

English Language Requirements: Candidates must have a good working knowledge of the English language, supported by a proficiency certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, or equivalent). Not required when scholastic education has been undertaken in English.

ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship Application Procedure

Candidates can submit the application online given in website

In adherence with the ICGEB mandate to equally support its Member States, each ICGEB Member State can endorse up to 3 standard Research Grant applications, plus up to 2 Early Career Return Grants for each call. Therefore, PIs should submit their complete applications in electronic format (pdf) to his/her Country representative (Liaison Officer -address given below), who is in charge of endorsing the application at the national level. A copy of the application should also be sent directly to the ICGEB (

ICGEB CRP Research Scholarship Contact

ICGEB Liaison Officer
Dr. Mohd. Aslam
Adviser (Scientist “G”), Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India
Block 2, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003, India
Tel: +91-11-24363057

CRP-ICGEB Research Grants Unit
ICGEB, Padriciano 99, 34149
Trieste – Italy
Tel: +39-040-3757382
Fax: +39-040-226555

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