The overall goal of the programme is to utilise the expertise of highly accomplished scientists to speed the development of biomedical research in India.
The margdarshi fellow should be the vehicle for establishing a biomedical research programme that is sufficiently different from the ones that already exist at the host institution.The programme must be designed to employ innovative approaches for bringing in new expertise in frontier areas, creating new infrastructure, building collaborative networks and training young scientists.
It should be able to provide new impetus to the research environment and must demonstrate the potential to develop into an important center of research.
Applicants must also outline their engagement plans with the wider scientific community, and an outreach beyond the scope of their proposed research. A clear plan must be shared to justify the need for collaboration between the participating elements and the mechanisms that will be put in place to achieve the desired impact.
Candidates of all nationalities and origins are eligible to apply if they are pursuing or intend to pursue research at an institution in India. There is no age limit to apply for the fellowship. However, applicants should not use this scheme to propose a post-retirement settlement plan.
Applicants would normally be expected to be running an independent laboratory for at least 10 years and have an outstanding scientific record.
• Demonstrated leadership skills
• made significant and outstanding contributions in biomedical research
• mentored young scientists and students
• attracted extramural funds from peer-reviewed competitive sources
• established important national and international collaborations
• maintained high ethical standards of research and financial management
To be eligible, an applicant must be sponsored by a host institution located in india. This scheme provides the flexibility of choosing two host institutions.