CfP: DST- National Geospatial Programme 2020: Submit by Jan 9

CfP: DST- National Geospatial Programme 2020: Submit by Jan 9

DST National Geospatial Programme
DST National Geospatial Programme

The Department of Science & Technology under its National Geospatial Programme (erstwhile NRDMS) has been Promoting Geospatial Science and Technology, Policy, Solution, capacity building, entrepreneurship and International cooperation for sustainable socio-economic development at all levels of Governance.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Geospatial technology has emerged as key player in tracking and visualizing disease spread both in space and time. However, the COVID-19 outbreak will not have only short-term impact but also many long-term socio-economic effects as well. Thus, in this time of crisis, role of Geospatial information and technology during and Post COVID 19 phases should be in reviving various sectors of the Economy.

With these objective in mind and to strengthen the area specific geospatial analytics capabilities of the country, this department in collaboration with Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations (AGNIi) initiative of Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council PSA office, invites short -term proposals from Geospatial start-ups and knowledge Institutions of the Country.

The DST-AGNIi partnership advanced AGNIi’s mandate – to further strengthening the nation’s innovation ecosystem; in this case, within geospatial sector.

Call for Papers
  • Migration
    Urban and regional mobilities: dwell times and movements to assess the situation and identify trends (pattern of migration, reasons for migration, seasonality, nature of work, region-wise wage disparity, problems of access to Public distribution system (PDS) food, access to health, children education, living conditions, etc.)
    Convergence, migration and dispersal of population and migrant workers in the view of monitoring health, especially nutrition, carrying mothers and child care during migration
    Digital supply chain maps and analysis for planning and ensuring geographical diversity in suppliers as well as aligning needs with distribution
  • Strengthening Livelihood and Employment Generation
    Mapping and geo-analysis of reverse migrants for assessment/ of livelihood creation with in village/ district/ state
    Geospatial analytics for Skilling/ reskilling of migrants (job opportunities, increase work efficiency and enhance quality of their output)
    Resource mapping for community resilience
    Site Suitability Analysis for livelihood creation and survival viz. in gardening, cash cropping, animal husbandry, fishing etc.
    Resource locator in a cluster for skill development trainings as well as Geo-cultural indicators for livelihood such as Bamboo craft, wood craft, fisheries cluster, Mushroom cultivation, handicrafts of local artisan etc.
    Modelling mitigating the situation for economic sectors such as industry, commerce, transport and agriculture based upon satellite data
    Modelling import substitution in tier 2/ tier 3 cities aligning with the need of rural catchment area
    Modelling urban unemployment in service sector and solution there-in
  • Others
    Development of open source village level Geospatial information platform for villagers, school teachers, students
    Modelling/assessing forecast of potential Spread of COVID-19 beyond the lockdown and mitigation (City centric infection percolation model)
    Predictive risk of each district for COVID-19 through Sewage disposals and environment predictors such as heat, humidity, hygiene, sanitation and other covariates such as age/social distancing
    Deep Reinforcement Learning model using COVID 19 databases to assist in optimal response in a dynamically varying scenario
    Social vulnerability mapping and analysis of COVID-19 impacts for initiating economic activities
    Dependency modelling of healthcare infrastructure (hospitals, quarantine facilities, etc) with interrelated infrastructures such as transportation, water supply, pharmacy/ equipment, food supply etc
    Knowledge representation approaches (e.g. Ontologies) of the causal relationships between disease and geographical settings to enable reasoning for automated decision making
    Geospatial analytics based upon AI/ML for future disaster preparedness
Who can submit?

The proposal can be submitted by the faculty members, scientists, engineers, technologists in permanent positions working in UGC recognized universities, national institutions of research and research management etc. having requisite qualification in the field of geospatial analytics.

Apart from the knowledge institutions, Start-ups working in geospatial analytics domain may also apply. The Start-ups may also apply in collaboration with a knowledge Institution. The PI/ start-ups shall have sufficient experience in this field evidenced by published books/ papers, project handled/ field experience etc.


The proposal may be supported for maximum duration of 06 months-1 year.

How to apply?

The proposals should be submitted as a singly pdf document here in proper format as provided at and duly forwarded by Head of the Institution/ University.

Non-governmental organization (Deemed and private universities and research and development organization) should be registered at the portal of the Government of India before submission the proposal.


Dr. D. Dutta, Scientist ‘G’ & Head / Dr. Shubha Pandey,
Email: ddutta[at] shubha.p[at]

DST- National Geospatial Programme 2020.


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