DRDO – ARDB Research Areas Proposals invited


To encourage and fund basic and applied research in pertinent scientific disciplines directly relevant to our aeronautical systems needed for future by enabling and supporting emerging talents, particularly in academic and research institutions to create and evolve a potential knowledge-base system applicable to future aeronautics needs of the country.


To formulate research, design and development programmes in aeronautics and allied sciences, keeping in view future needs of the country specifically with respect to aircraft, helicopter, missiles and all other airborne vehicles.
To implement such programmes through appropriate institutions and individuals by sponsoring research, design and development projects, creating/ improving infrastructure facilities deemed necessary, while ensuring that they are suitably monitored.
To promote in all possible ways such educational and training programmes as may be considered necessary for ensuring that adequate manpower of requisite quality becomes available to various aeronautical organisations in the country.
To promote all relevant R&D activities in the country through appropriate scientific meetings, provisions of support for participation of Indian and foreign scientists in such meetings, conduct of relevant competitions as well as other training and visiting programmes within India and abroad as may fall within the scope of the programmes mentioned at sub para (a) above.
Dissemination of appropriate technical information through journals and documents, encouragement of individual and collective efforts and nurturing of young talent by institutions with suitable awards, scholarships etc. Organisation of necessary centralized services related documentation, software, data-link etc. and in all such other ways that the Board may determine from time to time.
Who can Submit:

Principal Investigators from:-

Research institutions
Universities or colleges
Indian academic institutions of national importance/repute
National science and technology centers
Non-profit professional societies performing advance research
Private institutions
Departments or laboratories or individuals attached to reputed industrial firms with R&D facilities both in the Government and non-Government sector
Procedure For Sanction:

All proposals will be referred to the appropriate specialist panel of the Aeronautics R&D Board.
Based on the recommendations of the panel, the AR&DB may approve project / scheme and issue sanction letters.
Within the amount sanctioned, AR&DB may approve reasonable requests for re appropriation of funds, manpower, equipment, etc..
Projects will be sanctioned for the entire projected period along with the total estimated cost with the year-wise breakdown. The grant shall, however, be payable yearly.
The universities, institution etc. will be responsible for the administration of the scheme and maintenance of separate accounts etc. The grants shall be exclusively utilized for the purpose for which it is sanctioned.
The project would be deemed to have become operative with effect from the date on which the grant is received by the institution.
Continuation of the projects beyond the original sanctioned period will be permitted only under exceptional circumstances.
Once a project is sanctioned to an institution, the head of the institution would be the financial controlling authority for operating the grant.
Checklist for Principal Investigator (PI):

The list of equipments and their quantities with budgetary quote (BQ) to be attached.
For high value equipment PI is suggested to explore the feasibility to use the same from nearby/Co-Located DRDO lab, otherwise justify.
Cost estimation for equipment, procured services and expendables more than Rs. 10,000/- need to be supported by BQ.
The Desktop/laptop/scores/switches are not considered until sufficient justification is provided.
The reasonability certificate to be provided by PI for the budgetary quote.
Deliverables to DRDO may be quantified for the project.
Estimated cost of contingencies for postage, stationary, printer cartridges, to be provided in detail certified by PI. Contingencies should not be more than 3% of project cost.
In case of visiting faculty, the name of the visiting fellow/faculty with honorarium amount to be mentioned.
The expenditure against the head travel (domestic only), operation and maintained to be in details and justification should be given for that.
The expenditure against the head travel (domestic only), operation and maintained to be in details and justification should be given for that. Please provide cost bifurcation as well. Travel cost should not be more than 3% of project cost.
The outcome of project need to be linked to DRDO/Services application.
In case BQ are revised please provide reasons for the same. If the total budget of the project is revised, please provide first two pages of the project proposal duly signed by PI and registrar of the institute.
Documents Checklist during project submission:

Endorsement from the Head of Institution(on letter head)
Certificate from Investigator(s)
Quotation for Budget for Manpower
Quotation for Budget for Equipments
Quotation for Budget for Expendables
Quotation for Budget for Travel
Quotation for Budget for Contingency
Quotation for Procured Services
Contact Details:


Aeronautics Research and Development Board (AR&DB),

DRDO Hq. Annexe, Room No. 411,

Old LASTEC Building,

Metcalfe House, Civil Lines, Delhi- 110054.

Mail : ardb.hqr@gov.in

Deadline for submission of concept note/expression of interest, for the above mentioned rolling call, to R&D Department – August 15, 2022, EoD. The project proposal in prescribed format or the concept note as the case may be, should be sent to Dean R&D (dean.research@ddn.upes.ac.in), with CC to Associate Dean (R&D) (smtauseef@ddn.upes.ac.in) well in time.

For more information, please visit https://academyresearch.drdo.gov.in/DRDO/ARDB_ERG

DRDO – ARDB Research Areas Proposals invited

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