IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT – INDIA), a flagship national initiative of the MHRD, launched by the President, Prime Minister and Human Resource Minister on November 5, 2014 at the Durbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan is aimed at addressing and providing solutions to the most relevant engineering challenges faced by the nation by translating knowledge into viable technology (products or processes) in selected technology domains to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. Government has already announced financial support to the tune of Rs 1000 crore in the initial phase of IMPRINT. Success of IMPRINT crucially depends on realization of viable technological solutions in collaboration with various ministries, agencies and industries. Since IMPRINT is a national programme, initially steered by the IITs and IISc, it is highly desirable that the entire engineering fraternity of the nation including IITs, NITs, national academies, governmental ministries and departments, research organizations, strategic sectors, policy agencies and industry ultimately should join hands and own the collective responsibility.
The Domains and Coordinating Institutes for IMPRINT
- Health care: IIT Kharagpur
- Information and Communication Technology: IIT Kharagpur
- Energy: IIT Bombay
- Sustainable Habitat: IIT Roorkee
- Nano-technology Hardware: IIT Bombay
- Water Resources and River systems: IIT Kanpur
- Advanced Materials: IIT Kanpur
- Manufacturing: IIT Madras
- Security and Defence: IIT Madras and IIT Delhi
- Environmental Science and Climate Change: IISc, Bangalore
National Coordinator: IIT Kanpur
Scope and Mandate
- IMPRINT aims to promote and support translation of innovative ideas and knowledge in engineering derived from fundamental or applied research into pilot scale operation, field deployment or viable technology development (product or process) within a definite time frame
- The main goal is translation of research into technology (product/process) but not to carry out open ended fundamental research
- Investigations must lead to innovation or new product/process ready for demonstration or pilot scale deployment (not only publication/patent)
- Relevant themes under each of the ten Technology Domains of IMPRINT are listed in the Appendix, which may be expanded in future
Funding and Fund Utilization
- The Government has already pledged financial support to the tune of Rs 1000 crore for the first phase of IMPRINT
- It is anticipated that each approved project proposal will receive financial support up to a maximum of Rs 3-4 crore for a 3 year period
- Financial support may be utilized for small/essential capital expenditure, scholarship/stipend/honorarium (to student/scholar/staff/consultant appointed), contingency, consumable, travel, communication, information dissemination, organizing meetings/seminars, and pilot scale demonstration
- Manpower training (thesis at doctoral/masters level, even short projects and internship) is desirable
- However, capacity building (new building, major renovation, major laboratory facility, new/large equipment purchase) should be avoided as far as possible
- Host or partner institutions may facilitate whenever such major infrastructure development, equipment purchase or facility creation is essential
- Facility created or equipment purchased through IMPRINT fund should be shared among all domain partners within/across the institutions
Project Team and Partners
- Preliminary project proposals are solicited from Indian citizens engaged in research and technology development in academic institutions, research organizations, government agencies, industry or any other competent group, in individual capacity or group, through a Principal Investigator who would be from one of the Centrally Funded Technological Institutions or government funded institutes under TEQIP, in any of the TEN technology domains and themes identified under IMPRINT. Proposal must be submitted through a Principal Investigator who would be from one of the Centrally Funded Technological Institutions (CFTIs), please click to see the list of CFTIs or through a Principal Investigator who would be from a government funded institute under TEQIP. The detailed guideline about the scope/mandate, eligibility criteria, submission format/mechanism, screening and review process, funding quantum and principle, and all other related matters are available in this website.
- Proposals are desired to target end-to-end complete technological solutions and hence are expected to be multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-partner with clearly identified and complementary role of each member
- In case of multi-institutional team, clear definition of scope, role and responsibility of each group with a specific task and leader should be spelt out
- Partnership with industry, R&D organizations (private/public), government agencies/departments, entrepreneurs and stakeholders are strongly encouraged
Format for Preliminary Proposals
Guideline for submitting preliminary project proposals for screening
- Title of the proposal (< 25 words)
- Domain and theme(s) (menu driven)
- Abstract (< 100 words)
- Resume (in a given format) of the team members (PI + Co-PIs should not be more than 10)
- Aim and objective (< 50 words)
- Motivation and genesis (< 150 words)
- Current status and open questions (< 200 words)
- Plan of work including proposed methodology (< 500 words)
- Justification and novelty – 'what is new' (< 50 words)
- Milestones and time frame (< 100 words)
- Benchmark and specifications of the product (< 100 words)
- Deliverables and beneficiary industry/sector (< 50 words)
- Industry, Institution or Agency partners (< 50 words)
- Tentative budget with year and item wise breakup (< 100 words)
- Attachment (figures/diagrams/charts) (maximum five files with combined size < 2 MB)
Format for Resume of PI/Co-PI
- Name and Designation
- Educational Qualification (Bachelor to Doctoral): Degree, Year, Subject, Institute/University, Location, Remarks
- Professional Experience (last 5)
- Specialization and Expertise
- Awards and Distinctions
- Top ten publications in last ten years
- Summary of research output (papers, patents, technology development
- Five major sponsored R&D projects completed/handled
- Technology development/translation/initiation
- Any other relevant information
Please provide the information for the resume within 2 pages (A4 size)
Submission of Proposal
- Proposals addressing any of the themes (please see Appendix, at the end) identified under any of the ten Technology Domains (but not limited to) are solicited.
- Once submitted, the Principal Investigator (PI) will receive an acknowledgement with a registration number to be quoted in all communication in future.
- The decision of the Peer Committee (Accepted to submit full proposal / Advised to revise and re-submit / Rejected) will be conveyed to PI tentatively within 30 days of submission deadline.
- All Indian citizens in individual capacity or as a part of a team, working in academic institutions, research organizations, government agencies, industry or entrepreneurial groups, may submit project proposal(s) aimed at developing a viable technology under any of the domains or themes of IMPRINT.
- Proposals with industry partner willing to share the financial budget of the project will be given preference.
- The most important criterion for selection of a proposal will be the promise, potential and evidence of technology development and its delivery (for commercialization, pilot scale demonstration, field trial/deployment) within a reasonable period of time.
- Decision of the Peer and Apex Committee will be final and cannot be disputed.
Assessment, Review and Monitoring of Project Proposals
- The preliminary proposals will be vetted by the National Peer Committee (for Screening-Reviewing-Monitoring), constituted from the experts mainly from academia, industry and R&D organization in engineering and technology and approved by MHRD
- Preliminary proposals, shortlisted for submission of the final proposal (in a given format, to be notified), will have to be submitted through the same IMPRINT website based on line portal.
- The Committee reserves the right to accept (as it is), seek major/minor revision, reject with an advice for submission of a revised version, or reject the proposal outright.
- Once approved (by the Apex Committee), progress of each project will be routinely monitored and reviewed through reports, defence, visits or demonstration by appropriate Monitoring Committee as per the declared milestones, deliverables and time frame.
- The Review/Monitoring Committee may advise major revision, course correction, fore-closure, or even termination depending on the progress of the project as per its own mandate.
Communication of Decision after Screening or Review
- Decision of the Peer Committee after screening, review or monitoring will be electronically communicated by email or web based message delivery system.
- Monitoring (by domain wise peer group) will be conducted after submission of quarterly/half yearly report (scientific summary,
- The review report and feedback from the peer committee, and instructions for submitting the final proposal as per prescribed format. Final decision about acceptance and funding of the proposal will be taken and conveyed by the Apex Committee (to be constituted).
- Project appraisal process will consist of: screening, submission of final proposal and reviewing and approval by Apex Committee. Funds are expected to be approved, sanctioned and released from August 2016 onwards.
Intellectual Property and Commercialization
- IMPRINT is meant for creating new technology solution to all relevant engineering challenges faced by the country. Thus creation of start up companies, tie-up with established industries and commercialization will be the ultimate goal which may necessitate patenting and safeguarding the intellectual property by the inventors and investigators. In this respect IMPRINT projects will be guided by the declared policy of DST-SERB guideline and allow the IP to be shared among the team of investigators and funding agencies.
Appendix: Domain-wise Themes under IMPRINT
Medical technologies are indispensable tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Point-of-care diagnostics, wearable devices, embedded systems, cloud based ICTs, medical internet-of-things etc. are revolutionizing the healthcare system. Specific innovative and affordable technology based solutions are requested in this round of call for proposal to address the following concerns of the healthcare system and services in the country:
Information and & Communication Technology
Themes around which Proposals are being sought in the ICT Domain [The proposals can cut across one principal domain and theme and a number of secondary domains and themes]
Water Resources and River Systems
Material processing technologies: (Green technologies, Joining processes – e-beam and laser welding, additive manufacturing; Process development of rare-earth metals and their alloys; Advanced Materials Manufacturing through Powder Metallurgy Route)
Emphasis on Creation of Physical Products:
Security and Defence
Environment and Climate
Thank You for Final Proposal Submissions
The window for submission of final proposals for Phase III evaluation has closed. The Phase III evaluation process has started.
If your proposal has not been accepted for further evaluation
We would like to inform you that the evaluation in Phase I and Phase II was focused entirely on the alignment of the proposal with the stated goals of IMPRINT, i.e., the scope and promise of translation of knowledge into technology (product or process). Hence, the most important criterion for selection of a proposal, for further review, has been the promise, potential and evidence of new technology development and its delivery (for commercialization, pilot scale demonstration, field trial/deployment) within a reasonable period of time. Thus, the decision of the Committee does not reflect on the scientific merit of the proposal. In fact we would encourage you to submit your proposal to an appropriate agency who may support proposals only on scientific merit.
Under the initiative entitled IMPactingResearch,INnovation andTechnology, IMPRINT-India, MHRD has entrusted IITs and IISc to identify the needs of the country in terms its research and technology requirements so as to enable proper planning for manpower, research infrastructure and resources in ten domains of national interest.
IIT Kharagpur is coordinating two critical domains under IMPRINT-India and participating in all other domains. The ten technology domains and coordinating institutes for IMPRINT India are – (i) Healthcare: IIT Kharagpur (ii) Computer Science and ICT: IIT Kharagpur (iii) Energy Security: IIT Bombay (iv) Sustainable Habitat: IIT Roorkee (v) Nano-technology Hardware: IIT Bombay (vi) Water Resources and River Systems: IIT Kanpur (vii) Advanced Materials: IIT Kanpur (viii) Manufacturing: IIT Madras (ix) Security and Defence: IIT Madras (x) Environment Science and Climate Change: IISc, Bangalore. A brochure that gives a synopsis of these ten domains can be downloaded from here (1.8 MB).
Since the National Launch of IMPRINT-India from Rastrapati Bhavan on 05th Nov., 2015 by Hon. President of India, in presence of Hon. Prime Minister of India (Link), IMPRINT-Projects activity has started. For research projects in IMPRINT-Healthcare domain, IIT Kharagpur is the coordinating IIT and, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is identified as the coordinating institution from the side of the host Ministry of this domain, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.