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Call for Proposals: Cognitive Science Research Initiative by DST, Govt. of India [With Post Doctoral Fellowships]: Apply by Feb 15: Expired


The Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology (DST), invites proposals under the Cognitive Science Research Initiative 2021.

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has initiated a technology development program in the name of “Waste Management Technologies (WMT)” during 2015 aligning to Swachh Bharath Abhiyan. Waste Management encompasses a variety of interventions in the generation, prevention, characterization, monitoring, treatment, handling, reuse, and ultimate residual disposal of solid wastes.

The proposal details are given below.


1. Individual Research Proposal

Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI) is a unique program of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) which aimed to revolutionize research in various fields such as,

  • Nature and origin of mental disorders of psychological, social and neuro-chemical origin
  • Design of better learning tools and educational paradigms; and
  • Design of better cognition based software technologies and devices, among others.

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

Thrust Areas: Cognitive Science Research Initiative is an interdisciplinary research program that incorporates 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.

Who can apply?

Scientists/ academicians with a research background in Cognitive Science and having regular positions are invited to submit research proposals in the above-mentioned areas under CSRI.

Project duration

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


2. Multi-Centric Research Proposal on specific themes

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


The proposal should be submitted on the 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 behavior.
  3. Objective and hypothesis-driven studies on behavior and social cognition.
Who can apply?

Scientists/ academicians from different institutions having expertise in Cognitive Science are invited to submit major research proposals on given thematic areas under CSRI. Maximum five (5) centers/ institutions are allowed to collaborate for one proposal.

Project duration

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


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

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


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

Project duration

The fellowship is tenable for two (2) years.


How to Apply?

Proposals may be submitted under KIRAN Division in the prescribed format of ‘CSRI-Individual Research Proposal’ or ‘CSRI-Multi-Centric Proposal’ or ‘CSRI-PDF’. There is no need to submit hard copies.

To submit your proposals online, click here. The last date to apply is February 15, 2021.


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Cognitive Science Research Initiative by DST, Govt. of India



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