SGPGI-NIH Workshops on ‘Scientific paper writing’, ‘Biostatistics’ and ‘Observational Studies’

As part of an Indo-US Collaboration, the National Institutes of Health, USA has sponsored a series of workshops since 2006 on various aspects of clinical research (with an emphasis on clinical trials), including biostatistics, study design and randomization issues, data management, research ethics, and regulatory aspects. As a continuation of this series, three workshops are planned at SGPGI, Lucknow during 2013 as follows: (i) Workshop on ‘Scientific Paper Writing’ on April 19-21, 2013, (ii) Workshop on ‘Basic Biostatistics’ on July 25-28, 2013, and (iii) Workshop on ‘Observational Studies’ on September 29 to October 2, 2013.


All the workshops are aimed at active biomedical researchers who hold faculty positions. Investigators involved in clinical research, who are in a position to lead clinical research studies, should find this workshop useful. This email is to seek your help in dissemination of information about the workshop. I request you to kindly circulate this information in your institution, particularly among those who have appropriate expertise and experience to benefit from the workshop.


Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted for each workshop. Applicants should download an application format (asks for summary of their experience and expertise in clinical research in a structured format) from and email it as an email attachment to 

Download: SGPGI-NIH Courses Application Form

The last date for applications for the three courses are March 3, May 31 and July 31, respectively. A selection committee will notify the successful applicants of acceptance about 4 weeks before each course.

A limited number of scholarships for travel and lodging are available for qualified applicants whose institution cannot cover their expenses.


BIRAC Announces 2nd Call for Proposals under the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) Scheme opens on 01st January 2013

The Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) scheme is for potential entrepreneurs from Academia, start-ups or an Incubatee (Researchers, PhDs, Medical degree holders, Biomedical Engg. Graduates) who have an exciting idea which may be in the nascent and planning stage and there is an unmet need for mentorship and initial funding. The Biotechnology Ignition Grant would help to support and nurture these high risk early starters and their concepts. 
Key Features of the Programme
The main aim of BIG Scheme is:
a.    To establish and validate proof of concept
b.    To enable creation of spin-offs.

Scope & Support
i.    BIG is for high level of innovation in the Biotechnology sector.
ii.    BIG scheme supports only up-to Proof-of-Concept stage.
iii.    Funding will be in the form of Grant-in-Aid limited up-to Rs 50 lakh
iv.    The period for the study would not exceed 18 months.
v.    Funding may also be used for conducting limited market research, patenting costs, working capital during the period, travel, salary etc.

Who Can Apply?
     Biotechnology start-ups 

  • Registered company  incorporated on/after 1st January 2010
  • Company should have a functional R&D laboratory
  • If the registered company does not have a functional Laboratory of its own, then it should be incubated in an Incubator which has a functional laboratory.
     Entrepreneurs Or Potential entrepreneurs from Academia, Research Institute, Or Researchers, PhDs, 

        Medical degree holders, Biomedical Engg. Graduates

  •  Incubated in a Technology Business Incubator with an exciting idea which may be in the nascent and planning stage can apply under this scheme.
How to Apply?
Proposals are required to be submitted online only. 
To submit a proposal online, please log on to the BIRAC website (

Online Proposal Submission opens on 1st January, 2013.

No Hard Copy to be submitted. Proposals submitted online only would be considered. 

Last date for Submission of Proposals: 15th February, 2013

Ten new scholarships for India’s top PhD candidates

Ten top scholars from India will be awarded AUD$90,000 each to study their PhDs at one of Victoria’s nine universities, starting in 2012, under the new Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships Program launched this week by the State Government of Victoria and the Australia India Institute.

More details from :

Govt extends air travel to NER on LTC

It’s a good news for the CG employees who would like to travel far away places in this summer as the Government has extended the relaxation for travel by air to visit North Eastern Region under Leave Travel Concession for further period of two years beyond 1st May 2010.

DOPT has issued Office Memorandum F.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A) dated 20th April, 2010 in this connection.

Download OM No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A) dated 20/04/2010

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