proposing a project for support are expected to commit the use
of the existing infrastructure available with them. ISRO
provides financial grants to support fellowship, materials,
consumables, internal travel, testing charges, data etc. The
fund for purchase of only essential minor equipments which are
not available in the institution and would be useful for future
projects will also be provided. There is no provision for any
kind of payment to the Principal Investigator (or other staff)
belonging to the Institution. The allocated funds cannot be used
for travel abroad for any reasons.
the allocation of funds by ISRO are set out below. These may
change from time to time.
- Grants for the purchase of equipment may be provided
for the investigation. The equipment must be of a
specialized nature, required exclusively for the project and
is either not available at, or cannot be spared from, parent
Institution for the project. Such equipment should be useful
for new projects to be taken up in future. In this category,
PC / Computer means desktop computer only.
- Appointment of approved Research Fellows to support
PI in the project activities can be made by the
Academic / Research Institution for the approved project. The
services of supporting staff like administrative personnel,
support technical staff, technicians & technical assistants,
surveyor, data entry operators etc., will have to be
exclusively sourced by the academic or research institution
under taking the project and funds sanctioned under the
project should not be diverted for the purpose. However, at
the closure of the project, ISRO cannot assume any
responsibility of providing continuity in employment either
in the same or new project for the project staff. Such
project staff who will have no claim whatsoever for
recruitment in ISRO on any post.
- The selection and appointment of the above project
staff is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator as
per the rules in vogue in respective / academic research
institutions. These should be made according to the normal
selection procedures of the university or institution
submitting the research proposal. The qualification /
experience required and the salary offered shall be as per
ISRO norms and the selection should have the approval of the
head of the institution according to the rules followed in
the respective Institution.
- The research personnel who are associated with the
project may be awarded ISRO's research Fellowships according
to guidelines laid down by ISRO for this purpose. Details on
the award of Research personnel are given in "Rules & Procedures".
- Purchase of books and scientific literature, which
are essential for the investigation, and are not available
in the concerned academic / research Institution.
Subscription for Journals is normally not permitted and
expenditure towards Journals cannot be charged to project.
In the event of a particular Journal, which is not available
in the academic / research, institution and which is very
important and relevant to the investigation may be procured
on single copy basis or Photostat copies only on prior
approval of ISRO. Subscription to journals on a regular
basis cannot be covered by these.
- Special consumable materials essential to the
- Computer time, observatory time and other services.
- Travel within India, in connection with the project
or for attending seminars and symposia of relevance to the
subject of the investigation.
- Miscellaneous expenses (contingency) such as typing
charges, stationery, postage, etc.
- All requirements of foreign exchange for the
purchase of equipment and / or consumables should be clearly
identified and mentioned in the budget. The Academic
Institution / Research Institution shall arrange to provide
the required foreign exchange to the project and ISRO will
provide equivalent money in Indian Rupees.
- No funds are available for international travel
either partly or fully, for personnel connected with the
- ISRO does not provide funds in the project for
printing any material in connection with the project.
- ISRO does not grant any funds for buildings and
civil works for housing any equipment or personnel. However,
charges for equipment installation can be provided only on
- All travel in connection with the project should be
approved by the Principal Investigator according to the
TA / DA rules of the concerned Institution. The mode of
Journey including air-travel may also be approved by him so
that the implementation of the project takes place in time
subject to the condition that the institution has no
objection to such an arrangement and that the travel
expenses are contained within the budgetary provisions for
the project approved by ISRO.
- The funds will be sanctioned under different
specific heads and will normally be released by ISRO once
in every year. Reappropriation of funds among different
approved heads is not permissible.
- If the total grant released to an Institution is not
fully spent, the unspent balance will be deducted out of the
approved budget earmarked for next immediate release.
- Any unspent grant at the end of the project will
have to be returned to Pay and Accounts Officer, Department
of Space, Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL road, Bengaluru - 560