IMPRESS Scheme Has Been Launched to Promote Social Science Research in the Country (Download PDF)


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Central Govt. has announced formal launch Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) scheme to promote research in Social Sciences. Objective of this scheme is to identify & fund research proposals in social sciences w/max. impact on governance & society. Govt. support would include total funding of Rs. 414 cr. on 1500 projects for policy themes in social sciences at cost of Rs. 20 - 25 Lakh per project.

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Thematic Areas

Under scheme, support is to be provided for projects on 11 broad thematic areas as follows:

  • State & Democracy

  • Urban transformation,

  • Media, Culture & Society

  • Employment, Skills & Rural transformation

  • Governance, Innovation & Public Policy

  • Growth, Macro-trade & Economic Policy

  • Agriculture & Rural Development

  • Health & Environment

  • Science & Education

  • Social Media & Technology

  • Politics, Law & Economics

  • Sub-Theme areas will be decided on basis of Expert Groups’ advice before notifying scheme & calling for applications.

  • To ensure selection of projects thru transparent, competitive process on online mode.

  • To provide opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in country, including all Universities (Central & State), private institutions.

  • ICSSR funded/recognised research institutes will be eligible to submit research proposals on given themes & sub-themes.

Nodal Agency

  • Indian Council of Social Science & Research (ICSSR) will be project implementing agency.

  • Established in – 1969

  • Objective is to promote research in social sciences in the country.

Modalities for Implementation

  • There will be calls for proposals & process of evaluation of proposals & selection will be completed w/I 90 days from date of call for proposals.

  • Experts for evaluation of proposals will be persons of eminence & selected using objective criteria.

  • There will be regular monitoring of progress of projects using online portal, in which progress can be directly updated by Project Coordinator.

  • There will be 3rd party evaluation of project.

Higher Education Financing Agency

  • HEFA is joint venture of MHRD GoI & Canara Bank w/agreed equity participation in ratio of 91% & 9 % respectively.

  • It is for financing creation of capital assets in premier educational institutions in India as part of rising 2022.

  • HEFA’s scope is greatly expanded to cover school education, educational institutes under Ministry of Health, etc.

  • HEFA is registered under Section 8 under Companies Act 2013 as Union Govt. company & as Non-deposit taking NBFC w/RBI.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 26, 2019

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