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Designation/Position- Call for Proposals – DST

Department of Science and Technology, India invites application for Call for Proposals – DST from eligible and interested candidates

About- In Indian scenario which is full of diversity, it is important to foster scientific research in interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science for better understanding of Indian mind sets, languages and cognitive disorders etc. With this aim, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) had initiated a highly focused programme “Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI)” in 2008 during 11th Five year plan. The Cognitive Science Research Initiative facilitates a platform to scientific community to work for better solution of challenges related with cognitive disorders and social issues through various psychological tools & batteries, early diagnosis & better therapies, intervention technologies and rehabilitation programmes. Call for Proposals – DST

Research/Job Area- Various interdisciplinary research areas

Location- India

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Individual Research Proposal– Scientists/academicians with research background in Cognitive Science and having regular position are invited to submit research proposals in above mentioned areas under CSRI.

Multi-Centric Research Proposal on specific themes– Scientists/academicians from different institutions having expertise in Cognitive Science are invited to submit major research proposal on given thematic areas under CSRI. Maximum five (5) centres/institutions are allowed to collaborate for one proposal.

CSRI-Post Doctoral Fellowships (CSRI-PDF)– Applicants holding a Ph.D Degree in Science, Engineering and allied areas of Cognitive Science are eligible for CSRI-PDF. Those who have submitted Ph.D thesis are also eligible to apply. Applicants having permanent position are not eligible. Age: 40 years maximum.

Job/Position Description- 

1. Individual Research Proposal

Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI) is a unique program of Department of Science and Technology (DST) which aimed to revolutionize research in various fields such as,
a) Nature and origin of mental disorders of psychological, social and neuro-chemical origin
b) Design of better learning tools and educational paradigms; and
c) Design of better cognition based software technologies and devices, among others.

Proposals in the following thrust areas with focus on translational research are invited:

Thrust Areas: Cognitive Science Research Initiative is an interdisciplinary research programme that incorporate proposals from multifaceted areas like emotions, language, memory, visual perception and cognition, thinking & reasoning, social cognition, decision making, artificial intelligence, computational modeling of cognitive processes, psychology, cognitive development
and other important components derived from work in neurosciences, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, etc.

Project duration: The project is tenable for a maximum period of three (3) years.

2. Multi-Centric Research Proposal on specific themes

Objective: CSRI-Multi-Centric Research (CSRI-MCR) aims to bring scientists of different expertise at single platform to conduct inter-disciplinary research and provide focussed solution of a problem in prescribed thematic areas with a significant impact on society.

Themes: The proposal should be submitted on following themes:

  1. Educational neuroscience including language literacy and mathematical skills in children and devices and tools for better learning; neurodevelopmental underpinnings of educational neuroscience
  2. Cognitive aging including multimodal assessment of brain function and behaviour
  3. Objective and hypothesis driven studies on behaviour and social cognition

Project duration: The project is tenable for a maximum period of five (5) years.

3. CSRI-Post Doctoral Fellowships (CSRI-PDF)

Project duration: The fellowship is tenable for two (2) years.

Fellowship: Fellowship of Rs. 55,000/- per month along with House Rent Allowance (HRA) as per GOI norms and research contingency grant of Rs. 2.00 lakh per year.

How to Apply- 

Proposals may be submitted at e-PMS ( under KIRAN Division in prescribed format of ‘CSRI-Individual Research Proposal’ or ‘CSRI-Multi-Centric Proposal’ or ‘CSRI-PDF’ which is available at e-PMS and at DST website. There is no need to submit hardcopies. For further details and queries, kindly contact Dr. Vandana Singh, Officer-in-charge, Cognitive Science Research Initiative, KIRAN Division, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi preferably at email (

Last Date for Apply– 15 March 2021

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