Human Resource Development for Health Research

Under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


Eligibilty criterias :


  1. Candiidate needs to be Indian National
  2. At least 3 years of experience in the institute as regular employee.
  3. Less than 45 years of age as on last date of receipt of application


Educational Qualification :

MD or MS




Remuneration : Rs. 40000 per month

Expenditure on travel will be as per the T.A. rules of the parent organization.

One time contingency grant of Rs. 30,000 (maximum) to meet the expenses of travel, local taxi charges, attending meetings etc.


Department of health research (DHR) has a scheme to provide advanced training in India and abroad to medical and health research personnel in cutting edge research areas concerning medicine and health to create trained human resource for carrying out research activities.


The scheme has following components:

  1. Long Term Fellowship for 6-12 months in identified areas from regular faculty of Medical Colleges/Universities/Research Institutes for training in Foreign/Indian Institutes (Age: upto 45 years)
  2. Short Term Fellowships for 1-3 months in identified areas from regular faculty of Medical Colleges/Universities/Research Institutes for training in Foreign/Indian Institutes for training in Indian Institutes (Age: upto 55 years)
  3. Programme specifically for Women who have had a break in their career
  4. Scholarships/fellowship to young scientists (medical/non-medical) in newer areas.
  5. Programme to encourage health research personnel [Non-resident Indian (NRI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)] serving abroad, to come back to India for undertaking research in identified areas.
  6. Support to Indian Institutes for imparting training in identified areas to the Faculty of Medical Colleges/Research Institutes.
  7. Support to Scientific/Professional Associations/Bodies for organizing technical meetings/conferences/seminars etc.


Applications are invited in the prescribed format. Eligibility criteria, format of application, terms and conditions, whom to apply and guidelines of the scheme are available on and


One hard copy of the Application along with soft copy should be addressed to: The Programme Officer, HRD scheme of DHR, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110029 (Ph. 011-26589699). ([email protected] ). Soft copy may also be sent to Project Manager, HRD Scheme, 2nd floor, IRCS Building, Red Cross Road, New Delhi-110001 ([email protected])



Last date of Application: The Scheme is open throughout the year. Therefore, there is no last date of application.





(Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)




The vision of the Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) is to bring modern health technology to the people through innovations related to diagnostic, treatment methods and vaccines for prevention and to coordinate the research activities in the different areas of Health Research in the country. The country has attained considerable progress in biomedical research and patient care and management over the years but new emerging infections, resistance of the causative agents to existing common drugs coupled with emergence of non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, mental and neurological disorders, poses a new challenge to the medical and scientific fraternity.



Objectives of the scheme:

  1. To increase the overall availability of trained personnel for health research from medical colleges across the country through scholarships, fellowships and career advancement scheme etc. for faculty and young medical doctors and other scientists to take up medical and health research as a career.


  1. To focus on the creation of a cadre of trained medical/health researchers in specific identified priority areas of health research viz., Clinical Trials; Toxicology; Good Clinical Practices (GCP); Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); Quality Control (QC) & QA; Genomics; Proteomics; Clinical Psychology, Geriatrics; Modern Biology; Biotechnology; Stem cells; Genetics; Drugs chemistry; and operational research etc..


iii. To create, support, nurture and encourage the trainees from these medical colleges to forge linkages with other scientists from universities, research institutes etc. to develop multidisciplinary and multi sectoral teams necessary for addressing critical national and local health problems.


  1. To establish suitable online teaching and learning facilities to facilitate training in health research in various subjects in a more effective manner and for promoting biomedical/health research.



Applications are invited in the prescribed format from eligible candidates as specified against each category for award of fellowship to get training in identified/ cutting edge areas of health research under its new schemes ‘Human Resources Development for Health Research’. The main aim of the scheme is to provide ‘Advanced training in cutting edge research areas concerning medicine and health for training in India and abroad and to encourage trained manpower to carryout research activities in cutting edge areas and management of patients in the medical colleges across the country’. About 2/3rdof the fellowships will be given to medical colleges /medical institutions in Government sector.



Who can apply for training/ fellowship/Projects?

  • Scientists/ Health Researchers/Professionals in regular employment in the universities, medical colleges, postgraduate institutions, recognized research and development laboratories and Non-Government Organizations who fulfill the eligibility criteria and have a concept research proposals in the identified area to carryout research at present institute / organization. If the Institution is Private/NGO, it must be recognized by DSIR.
  • Women scientists with break in career who want to pursue health research
  • Young scientists who have completed the degree as per essential qualification, with an aptitude for clinical, biomedical , public health research to pursue career in Health Research
  • Non-resident Indian (NRI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) serving abroad who want to come back to India for undertaking health research in identified areas



When and how to submit a proposal

The components of the scheme, format of application, eligibility criteria and terms and conditions can be downloaded from the websites of DHR and ICMR ( and


One typed copy of the completed applications, duly approved and forwarded by the Head of Institute along with a soft copy (in word format) is to be submitted to The Programme Officer, HRD scheme of DHR, , Indian Council of Medical Research, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi- 110029 (Ph 011-26589699). Soft copy may also be sent to Project Manager, HRD Scheme, 2nd floor,

IRCS Building, Red Cross Road, New Delhi-110001 ([email protected])



Mechanism of implementation:


(i) Procedure followed in award of fellowship.The applications in the prescribed format are reviewed by Technical Evaluation Committee of the scheme (TEC). Most of these projects are also reviewed by subject specialists/ subcommittees before being considered by the TECs. The applications/ proposals recommended by the TECs are submitted before the Approval Committee. The criteria adopted for evaluation include relevance of the topic to national health priorities, possible advancement of knowledge at local institute, improved deliverable basic and clinical science in that particular area and the Potential Clinical application of the knowledge to be generated, the scientific merit of the proposal, availability of basic infrastructure in the host Institution; capability of the applicant to undertake the training and research project. Final approval is given by the Approval Committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary DHR on the recommendation of the TEC.


(ii) Monitoring Mechanism

The Fellows will be submitting the progress report of the fellowship and a report from the mentor of the host institute in a prescribed format. The mechanism of monitoring of project is broadly the same as for adhoc research proposal of ICMR.


(iii) Publication of Results/Presentation of Papers:

The research papers & publications, patents and products developed based on the results of the research project should acknowledge assistance by the DHR. Copies/ reprints of papers published should be sent along with the progress/ final report.


(iv) Intellectual Property Rights

All new intellectual property viz., patents, designs etc. generated as part of the research supported by DHR would belong to the Department. The Department shall have the right to take up patent/design in respect of inventions/discoveries made in research schemes financed by the Department. The project investigators and the staff employed on the project shall not apply or obtain patents without the approval of Department/ICMR. All patents shall be registered in the name of Department of Health Research. The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cell of ICMR/ DHR can provide all necessary assistance in the IPR related issues including patent applications. The fellows are encouraged to publish research papers in the Indian Journal of Medical research, a journal of ICMR .


Contact Address

Project Manager, HRD Scheme

Department of Health Research

(Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)

2nd Floor, Indian Red Cross Building

Red Cross Road,

New Delhi- 110001

[Phone No.011-23736085]



The Programme Officer -HRD Scheme

ICMR – DHR Coordinating Unit

Indian Council of Medical Research,

V Ramalingaswami Bhawan,

Ansari Nagar

New Delhi-110029

[Phone: 011-26589699]

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