Call for Proposals: Science & Heritage Research Initiative Programme 2021 by DST: Submit by July 31: Expired

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Proposals are invited for Science & Heritage Research Initiative Programme 2021 by DST. The last date of submission is 31 July.


Heritage preservation and valorization of legacy may be vastly augmented through scientific methods and technologies, thereby converting it into a resource. The imaging, diagnostic, and preservation techniques for cultural heritage and the expansion of tool making options can be optimized through interdisciplinary collaboration and technology transfer whilst inspiring researchers to explore beyond boundaries.

Science & Heritage Research Initiative (SHRI) is a scheme for Heritage Research, aims to engage experts from diverse fields for data capture and analysis, to form new collaborations, and provide viable technology, to address cultural heritage related issues.


The SHRI has been envisaged to:-

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  • Understand and document the Science and Technology behind the Heritage.
  • Build capacity in human resources, and encourage new researchers to work in these areas.
  • Promote scientific R&D activities, for conservation of Heritage objects which may include material deterioration process, preservation techniques, intervention technologies, new materials, processes for restoration and diagnostic technologies along with actual field application.
  • Safeguard the use, representations, expressions, knowledge and techniques, communities, groups, and in some cases individuals, recognized as an integral part of our cultural heritage.
  • To explore new approaches, state-of-art technology, to preserve the heritage and ancient art works which witnessed the evolution and growth of human civilization.
  • Promote application of advanced knowledge of archaeometry in a range of fields.
  • Promote R&D activities and technological advancement in Tribal Arts for value addition.
  • Develop Heritage Entrepreneurship Models to bring Economic and Social changes
  • Promote traditional food practices
  • Identify and establish backward and forward linkages for sustainable propagation of the heritage techniques, practices and products

The envisaged thrust areas are:-

  • Physical Space for Heritage
    • Study & Identify the potential heritage sites using the latest scientific principles like GPR, Lidar, and Rescue Archeology.
    • Radio Carbon Dating and protection of heritage objects/sites
    • Testing and survey of heritage sites using Digital photogrammetry and Terrestrial laser scanner.
    • Development of New Digital instruments such as BIM, GIS …etc for knowledge, analysis and protection of heritage
    • Landscape indicators and data model proposal for a GIS based heritage management system
    • Laser Remote in situ spectroscopic diagnostics of the heritage objects
    • Risk assessment and monitoring of the cultural heritages(Pollution, Climate Change, Natural Events, Micro Climate )
  • Digital Space for Heritage
    • Fusion of 3D digitization technologies for virtual exploration: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Giga pixel Image technologies
    • Architectural heritage information in 3D Geospatial model
    • Digital Library/Museum Protection of Manuscripts
    • IT Platform for Indian Heritage – through Crowdsourcing
    • Remote Sensing
    • Manuscript Digitization
  • Technologies for Textile Heritage
    • Kinematic Designs & Dynamic Analysis
    • Prototyping and Optimization of Looms
    • Heritage Textile & Dyes
    • Technologies for traditional fibers
    • Traditional yarn treatment, weaving, printing, eco-friendly dyes, cement clothing
  • Traditional Agricultural Practices
    • Sustainable & Traditional Agricultural Practices
    • Protection of architectural heritage in agriculture landscapes
    • Gene banking for traditional seeds
    • Traditional pest control techniques
    • Traditional irrigation management
    • Traditional storage technologies/practices for Agri products
    • Revival of traditional animal husbandry practices.
  • Technologies for Tangible Heritage
    • Study of Traditional Music and Folk Instruments
    • In-situ non-invasive imaging of sub-surface microstructure of object, sustainable radiography for heritage materials
    • Conservation of Metallurgical practices
    • Shilpa Shastra
    • Conservation technologies, tools and practices of tribal heritages
    • Study of physiochemical properties of heritage materials, protein identification in cultural Goods
    • New material development for heritage conservation and preservation (Development of restoration mortars with improve functionality at low temperature, conservation material coating, Nano restore Gel,Nano Biocide ..etc)
    • Geospatial (Remote sensing, GPS, GIS and GPR) based cultural infrastructure development and heritage management.
    • Developing heritage zones: Heritage entrepreneurship models to bring economic and social changes; application and demonstration of established heritage practices and techniques.
  • Technologies for Intangible Heritage
    • Preservation of Tribal medicinal practices, heritage, and culture
    • Living Heritage and kinesthetic
    • The economic revival of heritage cultural practices by establishing backward and forward integration and market linkages for the sustainability of the heritage.
    • Study and scientific documentation of location specific martial arts.

Depending on the objectives of the activities specified in the call for proposal, launched from time to time, the projects could be proposed by:

  • Academicians and scientists working in public/private/ voluntary sector, S&T based voluntary organization;
  • Academic and R&D Institutions, State Government bodies such as S&T Councils, Autonomous bodies working in Heritage sector; and
  • Network of individuals/ institutions will be considered favorably in the event where project activities require multi-disciplinary multi-institutional participation. Several such possible options could include research work, by academic/R&D institutions in association with Industry/ NGO, demonstration in consortia mode involving R&D institution/industry/NGO, state government line departments, S&T field groups and local panchayats. In case of heritage practices and products the stakeholder participation is essential.

Interested candidates can submit via this page.

Important date

Last date of submission is 31 July 2021.


Email: shri.dst[at]

Click here to view the official notification of Call for Proposals: Science & Heritage Research Initiative Programme 2021 by DST.

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