Applications open for the 2024 round of Agricultural Science Grants. Last date for submission is 15 May 2024.

Sree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Research Grant
For Translational Agricultural Research 2024

Name of the funding OrganisationSree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation (SreePVF), Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
https://sreepvf.org
Organisation typeRegistered private Foundation supporting excellence in research for societal benefit
Grant AmountUp to Rs 50 lakh (for each grant)
Grant Duration2 years
Last Date of submissionMay 15, 2024
Application FormatThe form is available to download from here

Scope of the grant and focus area

The proposed projects for Sree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Research Grants in Agriculture shall focus on the following major criteria –

  • Science-based innovative solutions in any branch of Agricultural Sciences through translational research with the scope of immediate deployment.
  • Curated towards the needs of small and marginal farmers.

The objective of these grants is to support translational research, based on excellent science, in the agriculture sector to achieve last-mile accomplishment.

The research outcome shall support the generation of a better livelihood and enable the empowerment of the rural farming community in India with an emphasis on small and marginal farmers.

Wherever applicable, all grantees will also be provided, free of cost at a location in Andhra Pradesh, access to agricultural land with workshop facilities to validate their ideas and demonstrate the same to farmers.

Ambit of the grant

Applications for grants are invited from interested individuals and teams from recognized universities, Government research institutes and not-for-profit research organizations based in India. The research fund shall be up to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh for a maximum period of two years.

The grant is envisaged as an enabler to deliver ready-to-deploy solutions for small and marginal farming communities. The outcome of the research, while based on advanced scientific knowledge, shall be readily translatable into fully sustainable solutions featuring innovation, relevant to the farming community, cost-effective and easily accessible. The applicant shall emphasize on the immediate deployment of the technology or research solution to the benefit of farmers.

Possible research areas, although not limited to, of the grant are listed below –

  • Climate resilient cropping/agriculture systems, post-harvest technologies, Agri wastes to wealth for farmers, safety of workers during farm operations, Crop management, Agronomy, Plant protection, Crop improvement, Novel variety/hybrid field trial, Food compositional analysis, Food safety study, Soil management, Water management, Organic farming, Sustainable agriculture, Precision farming, Seed processing and storage, Agriculture biotechnology, Artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture, Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture, Big data analytics in Agriculture, Farm machinery, Agro forestry, etc.

Previous Awardees

Information on the previous awardees and their winning projects can be found here.

Eligibility

Interested individuals and teams from recognized universities, R&D institutions and recognized non-profit research organizations in India are eligible to apply.

The proposals can be from a single institution or multi-institutional. International collaborations are also eligible; however, the lead organization must be based in India and the funds are provided to only the Indian side of the expenditure. In case of international collaborations, a strong justification must be provided as to why this collaboration is essential for the execution of the project, what value the collaboration will add to the proposal and why this work cannot be carried out in India. Any regulatory approvals needed from the Indian Government for the collaboration as well as material transfer, etc need to be highlighted.

Since grants cannot be used for the salary of the investigators, the applicants should already have a secured salaried job and space and support from the host Institution before applying.

The Principal Investigator should be up to 50 years of age as on 15th May, 2024.

The upper age limit for a woman PI can be up to 55 years as on 15th May, 2024.

Sree PVF grants are not intended to duplicate support available from Indian Government/other sources. Where applicants already received substantial funding for their core activities/similar work, they will only be eligible if they can demonstrate that the activity for which funding is sought, is additional to the work for which they had already received funding from other sources.

Budget

The maximum budget for each grant is Rs 50 lakh. Grant will be disbursed in two tranches with each tranche no more than Rs. 25 lakh per year.

Eligible costs for funding are capital expenditure (equipment); manpower; consumables; travel (no international travel) and local hospitality; contingency; overheads; field trials; safety studies; outsourcing; others, such as training & awareness; workshops; publications; review meetings, etc. based on the requirement of the project.

Sree PVF offers flexibility to the applicant in how they wish to utilize the budget as long as the requested costs are commensurate with the proposed research and are strongly justified.

However, salary for Investigators is not included in the grants. The host Institution is expected to provide salary and basic research support for the duration of the grants period.

Application procedure

The application form can be downloaded from here.

Applicants are requested to do due diligence in filling up the form and provide necessary information as required.

Short-listed candidates would be required to present the research proposal before a selection committee through an online presentation.

Duly filled-in applications should be submitted only through online mode by emailing to sreepvf.agriculture@gmail.com on or before 15th May, 2024.

Hard copies of the application are not required.

Selection of the proposals for the award of grants is expected to be completed and announced by 15th August, 2024. Successful applicant(s) will be intimated by email as well as will be declared in the Sree PVF website.

For any query, please send email to sreepvf.agriculture@gmail.com.

Additional information/proof of document may be requested if required.

Important Timeline

Sr. No.ParticularsDate
1Last date for submission of project proposal15th May, 2024
2Declaration of successful proposal(s) (expected)15th August, 2024

Contact Information

For further information on the grant call, selection process, and previous awardees, please visit this link.

For any queries, please contact  sreepvf.agriculture@gmail.com

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India is rapidly transforming into a dynamic hub of intellectual innovation and discovery. To support the science and technology ecosystem in the country, the Sree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation has created peer- reviewed funding programs that recognize exceptional researchers with the potential to achieve ground-breaking results in areas of critical national
importance. Our foundation provides these researchers with generous funding and empowering mentorship to generate knowledge and develop sustainable solutions of the highest quality, particularly in the fields of biomedical and agricultural research. We also work on projects to deploy advanced knowledge and improve the income of small and marginal farmers. We believe that by working together, we can create sustainable solutions that will benefit not only India but also the world.

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