Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) plans to add new disciplines for research support with a thrust on research capacity building, trans-disciplinary research facilitating India’s developing economy. The specific focus of the Scheme is to support high impact research in thrust areas of humanities and human sciences including arts, Indian languages, culture and knowledge systems through networking of experts from institutions and organisations across India.
An advisory Committee has been set up by the UGC under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman, UGC to oversee the entire scheme.
The main objectives of STRIDE are
Research grant support through STRIDE has three components:
Component 1 will endeavour to identify the motivated young talents with research and innovation aptitude in universities and Colleges. The scheme will provide research capacity building in diverse disciplines by mentoring, nurturing and supporting young talents to innovate pragmatic solutions for local, regional, national and global problems.This component is open to all disciplines for grant up to 1 Crore. [All disciplines and Duration: 3 years].
Component 2 will be mainly to enhance problem solving skills with help of social innovation and action research to improve well-being of people and contribute for India’s developing economy. Collaborations between universities, government, voluntary organizations and Industries is encouraged under this scheme. This component is open to all disciplines for grants up to 50 Lakhs – 1 Crore.( All disciplines &Duration – 3 Years).
Component 3 will fund high impact research projects in the identified thrust areas in humanities and human sciences through national network of eminent scientists from leading institutions. Disciplines eligible for funding under this component include: Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Indian Languages and Culture, Indian Knowledge systems, Law, Education, Journalism & Mass Communication, Commerce, Management, Environment and Sustainable Development. Grant available for this component is up to 1 Crore for one HEI and up to 5 Crores for multi-institutional network. (Duration – 5 Years).
To encourage high quality high impact research in humanities, there is a provision to identify experts and invite them to develop a proposal. UGC is also proposing to provide a grant of Rs. 2 Lakh for developing proposals.
Dr. Abhilash Babu