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Important dates
  • Release of CDRI Fellowship advertisement 01 September 2020
  • Opening of Fellowship online application portal 15 September 2020 (19:00 hrs, IST)
  • Closing of Fellowship online application portal 15 November 2020 (23:59 hrs, IST)

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Selection process

All research proposals should be submitted online on the website CDRI.WORLD in the prescribed format. The online application portal for the CDRI Fellowship Programme will remain open during 15 September 2020 to 15 November 2020 (23:59 hrs, IST)

Each application, after initial scrutiny, will be evaluated by a Panel of experts. Key parameters for the assessment of the research proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Criticality and relevance of the research problem for DRI.
  • Novelty of the proposed methodology, experiments, etc., and proposed solutions.
  • Feasibility of implementation of the solution in the real world.
  • Replicability/scalability of the proposed solutions or product development.
  • Overall impact of the proposed solution.
Research ethics and plagiarism

Applicants must ensure the highest level of research ethics and avoid plagiarism at all stages of the Fellowship. Any such violations detected at any stage of the Fellowship may lead to termination of the Fellowship.

The decision of CDRI in the matters of Fellowship Programme shall be final.

Endorsement by Government Organization/Academic or Research Institute

While application(s) with research proposals can be submitted by an individual or a team, it is mandatory that each research proposal is endorsed by a recognized academic institute/government organization. The applicant(s) (an individual or a team) need not be from the endorsing academic institute or government organization.

Application fee.

There is no fee to apply for the CDRI Fellowship Programme.

Progress review process
Along with every research proposal, applicants will submit a work plan. At the end of each quarter, research teams will submit a self-assessed plan-vs-achievement report. CDRI Secretariat will monitor the plan with respect to the progress achieved. CDRI may also invite research teams, in person or through video conferencing, for a research review meeting which may include a Panel of experts. Following are tentative timelines for review meetings of research projects:
First review at the end of first quarter: The research team is expected to present a clear and detailed research methodology and expected outcomes.
Second review at the end of second/third quarter: The research team is expected to present the detailed analysis/experimental set up and preliminary results. Satisfactory performance at this stage is mandatory for the release of second installment of payments. In case of unsatisfactory presentation, supplementary review may be organized. Research teams who undertake quality research may be invited to present their findings at the conferences/workshops promoted by CDRI.
Final presentation meeting at the end of third/fourth quarter: The research team is expected to present complete research outcomes and reports in the third review. To ensure uniformity, CDRI will provide a format for submitting the research report.
Project closure report

After satisfactory performance in the final meeting, and by the end of 12th month, the project team will submit a project closure report. The project team is expected to acknowledge CDRI in the report and all research publications arising from the research. Research teams will also share an electronic copy of such publications with CDRI, which may be published on its Knowledge Portal. Note: Some journals require special permission and payments for publishing in public domains; such cases will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Opportunities for best performing projects and researchers

CDRI may consider further collaboration with the best performing researchers (Fellows). Also, CDRI may consider to upscale the best research projects. Such decisions will be taken based on the inputs from the Panel of experts reviewing the projects, project closure reports, and other factors considered relevant by CDRI.