Core competence of  CSIR Laboratories

AEROSPACE

The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore, is India's premier civil R & D establishment in aeronautics and allied disciplines. Among the Facilities available at NAL are:

BIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY

Labs
Core Competence

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB, New Delhi)

It has the mission to translate concepts developed in basic biological research to commercially viable technologies for health care. It carries out research in various areas of modern biotechnology and biological sciences such as allergy and infectious diseases, molecular pathogenesis and recombinant DNA technology, while the main focus is on genomics and bioinformatics. IGIB has emerged as one of the leading institutes conducting globally competitive research in Functional Genomics and Genome Informatics for the benefit of human health.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB, Hyderabad)

R&D in frontier and multi-disciplinary areas of modern biology with a view to aiding development of biochemical technology in the country. CCMB has been chosen as a Centre of Excellence by UNESCO Global Network of Molecular and Cell Biology and has been designated as a South Centre of Excellence for Research and Training by the Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy.

Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH, Chandigarh)

Basic and application-oriented research in  molecular biology and microbial genetics; cell biology and immunology; protein science and engineering; and fermentation technology and applied microbiology.

 

Central Drug Research Institute
(CDRI, Lucknow)

Development of new drugs employing modern technologies of genomics, proteomics and structural biology for target identification, optimization using high throughput screening and combinatorial techniques, in addition to systematic investigation of natural products to develop novel herbal drugs. Research activities are also focused on designing new vaccines and development of novel tools for molecular detection of diseases based on DNA diagnostic and immunodiagnostic tests.

 

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI, Mysore)

Development of post-harvest technologies for efficient protection, conservation, and processing of agricultural produce with focus on developing export-oriented value-added products from horticultural and plantation crops.

 

Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP, Lucknow)

R&D on genetic improvement through conventional breeding and biotechnological methods, agrotechnology of economically important medicinal and aromatic plants, process technology for phytochemicals, knowledge-based herbal formulations, genomics and DNA fingerprinting of plants, bioinformatics, bioprospection for new drugs and agrochemicals, and organic farming.

 

Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT, Palampur)

Establishment, upgradation and sustainable management of bioresources in the Himalayan region through agrotechnology, processing technology and biotechnology.

 

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
(IICB, Kolkata)

Development of natural products of medicinal, biological and industrial value, besides designing innovative immunoassay techniques, and tissue-targeted drug-delivery systems.

 

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC, Lucknow)

R&D in toxicology by using advances in genomics and proteomics for ensuring safety to human health and environment. The focus is to understand the mechanism of toxicity at molecular level, including development of biomarkers for assessment of human exposure to chemicals.

 

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI, Lucknow)

R&D in plant biotechnology, conservation biology, plant physiology, environmental sciences, plant breeding and agrotechnology. NBRI also worksg on documentation, inventorization, evaluation, conservation of biodiversity and bioprospecting

 

Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu (RRL, Jammu)

R&D on medicinal and aromatic plants, their conservation and genetic improvement, tissue culture, plant based drug development, their quality control and standardization. In the area of biotechnology, RRL,Jammu has made contribution in fermentation technology and molecular biology leading to cloning of genes and their expression for industrial uses.

 

Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat
(RRL, Jorhat)

R&D on aromatic and medicinal plants, exploration of microbes and screening them for novel metabolites for biotechnology based processes.

 

Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram
(RRL, Thiruvananthapuram)

Development of biocatalysts, bioactive compounds, secondary metabolites and other value-added products from microorganisms and plants utilizing the regional resources for various industrial applications with special reference to health care and green technologies.

 

Central Leather Research Institute
(CLRI, Chennai)

R&D in core areas of leather technology that include leather processing, leather products, environmental technology, and leather science and technology.

 

Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI, Durgapur)

R&D in salt engineering, marine chemicals and desalination of brackish/saline water, marine algae, photoinorganic chemistry and phytosalinity.

 

National Chemical Laboratory
(NCL, Pune)

Research efforts are geared towards biochemical sciences, nanotechnology, plant tissue culture, bio-organic and bio-mimetic chemistry. Besides, focus is on micro-propagation of endemic and endangered medicinal plant species, and isolation and heterologous expression of genes for the synthesis of biodegradable polymers.

 

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI, Nagpur)

Focus of research is on environmental biotechnology and genomics for designing user-friendly products/technologies to control pollution.

 

National Institute of Oceanography 
(NIO, Goa)

With the objective of harnessing the ocean wealth, marine biotechnology is an important focus of research. NIO has expertise in the areas of marine biology, biodiversity, bioorganic chemistry and microbiology. It is actively engaged in the discovery of novel drugs, nutraceuticals, industrial enzymes and other useful products.

 

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

High quality basic and applied research in bioinformatics, entomology and toxicology besides developing specialty chemicals, biodiesel and nutraceuticals.

 

 

CHEMICALS

Labs
Core Competence

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL, Pune)

Inorganic, organic chemicals, agrochemicals, bio-organic/biomimetic chemistry, chemical engineering science, complex fluids and polymer engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous catalysis, industrial flow modeling, materials chemistry, nanomaterials

 

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

Natural products chemistry, inorganic and physical chemistry, chemical and instrumental analysis, fluoro-organics, specialty and fine chemicals, agrochemicals and lubricants

 

Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP, DehraDun)

 

Petrochemical processes and products

Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI, Bhavnagar)

Inorganic chemicals, catalysis and new materials, membrane science and separation technology, bio-salinity and marine chemicals

 

Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI, Chennai)

 

Chemicals for the Leather Industry

Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Coal-based chemicals and allied fields

Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

 

Electrochemicals (organic and inorganic), coatings, particularly for corrosion control

 

Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat (RRL-Jorhat)

Agrochemicals, perfumery chemicals, extraction of plant products and oilfield chemicals

 

 

EARTH RESOURCES and HAZARDS ASSESSMENTS & MITIGATION

Labs
Core Competence

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI, Hyderabad)

Exploration of hydrocarbons and gas hydrates, mineral exploration and engineering geophysics, exploration, assessment and management of groundwater resources, earthquake hazard assessment, Lithosphere, Earth's interior and Palaeo-environment, geo-environment studies and geophysical instrumentation

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa)

Coastal and oceanic resources’ exploration and exploitation; Resource mapping of polymetallic nodules, gas hydrate deposits, beach placer deposits, Marine bioresources exploration and utilization; bioresources for new bioactive compounds; Seismology, marine seismics, geodynamics of the continental margins, plate tectonics processes, earthquakes of the peninsular shield;

CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling & Computer Simulation (C-CMMACS, Bangalore)

Oceanic modelling, geodynamics and earthquake hazards; modelling of water table, geological hazards and resources

Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Characterization and beneficiation of coal and other minerals

Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI, Dhanbad)

Exploitation of coal deposits and other minerals in different geo-mining conditions, numerical modelling and application of computer and information technology in mines, tunnels and underground caverns, development of methods and devices to improve safety standards in mines, environmental management, reclamation and development of innovative eco-friendly mining practices, design for underground space, tunnels, dams, caverns and hydel projects, disaster management for mines, development of beach placer deposits.

Central Building Research Institute (CBRI, Roorkee)

Disaster mitigation and process development, precast cyclone resistant houses; shelter planning, seismic stability analysis; testing facilities and design solutions for geotechnical problems; fire hazards assessment and analysis, and fire alarm systems; setting up of seismic stations

Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC, Chennai)

Earthquake-resistant structures, shelters for earthquake affected areas

Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI, Jamshedpur)

Robotics & mechatronics for exploration of deep-sea wealth; pumps for drinking water

Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI, Bhavnagar)

Marine chemicals, salts, marine bioresources exploration and utilization; seaweed resources, phycocolloids; technology for water desalination/purification

Regional Research Laboratory, Bhopal

Water resources management and watershed development

Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat

Disaster mitigation and process development, precast cyclone resistant houses; seismotectonic studies for earthquake hazard assessment

Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram

Development and utilization of strategic/precious mineral resources

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC, Lucknow)

Preparation of plans for chemicals disaster management, and helping in solving problems arising out of toxic adulterants

Central Road Research Institute (CRRI, New Delhi)

Landslide correction and hazard mitigation

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

Labs

Core Competence

National Institute of Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI, Nagpur)

Environmental Monitoring-- Physical, chemical and biological monitoring of air, water and land, development and use of analytical and GIS techniques; Environmental Biotechnology-- treatment systems for domestic and industry-specific waste waters, restoration/reclamation of degraded/spoiled land environment; hazardous waste management-- wastes characterization, treatment and disposal facilities, impact assessment; environmental systems design, modelling & optimization – modelling air quality, river and estuarine water quality, ground water system, non-linear ecosystem, effluent treatment packages ; environmental impact and risk assessment and audit ; environmental policy analysis; societal missions (including advice to the Judiciary)

Central Building Research Institute (CBRI, Roorkee)

Surface and ground water quality monitoring for organic/inorganic pollutants; environmental impact assessment, environmental audit & environmental management plan for proposed & expansion projects of process industries and infrastructure projects; testing of soils, flyash, industrial and mining waste etc., for manufacturing of bricks and tiles; devices for abatement of pollution in lime kilns, etc.

Central Fuel Research
Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Pollution control of coal-based industries, waste utilization

Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI, Dhanbad)

Mine environment management, safety and monitoring of mining health hazards

 

CSIR Centre for
Mathematical Modelling
 and Computer Simulation
(C-MMACS, Bangalore)

Climate and environmental modelling; Ocean geodynamics and earthquake hazards

Central Salt & Marine
Chemical Research Institute.
(CSCMRI, Bhavnagar)

Water purification technologies, e.g. reverse osmosis, ionic membranes, design of ED system, electrochemical characterization of ionic membranes, film extrusion, injection molding of conducting spacers as well as physical chemistry of transport through membranes. Wasteland development- cultivation of desert economic and halophytic plants in arid, semiarid and saline lands, environmental audit; phytosalinity

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC,
 Lucknow)

Evaluation of eco-friendliness of chemicals and products; identification and disposal of hazardous wastes; impact of hazardous industrial chemicals on the health of workers, chemical disaster monitoring; environmental audit; preparation of plans for chemicals disaster management; analysis and measurement of pollutants using specially designed protocols; potable and waste water quality analysis; analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pesticide residues; development of mathematical models for environmental risk assessment

National Geophysical Res. Institute (NGRI, Hyderabad)

Geo- environment studies, water prospecting, Earth’s structure, seismic assessments

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa)

Oceanic/seabed surveys, environmental impact assessment, pollution control and waste disposal in the sea; coastal zone development; impact predictions of coastal activity on marine ecology; environmental management

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML,
Jamshedpur)

Development of cleaner processes/technologies for metallurgical industries – both ferrous/non-ferrous sectors; investigations on nature of pollution caused by metallurgical sector; prevention and control of pollution through process integration and optimization measures followed by “End-of-Pipe” techniques; recycling of metallurgical wastes; comprehensive assessment of water quality; development of processes and technologies for purification of process and ground water; reduction in green house gas emission in metallurgical sector with special focus on small and medium enterprises; development of emission norms and standards

National Physical Laboratory
(NPL, New Delhi)

Studies pertaining to atmospheric physics, measurements and modeling of greenhouse gases, standards and calibrations

Regional Research Laboratory, Bhopal

EIA, hazardous waste management, waste water treatment plant design, monitoring and auditing of industries, environmental monitoring, water treatment

 

ELECTRONICS & INSTRUMENTATION

Labs
Area of Core Competence

Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute  (CEERI, Pilani)

 

Electron Systems Technology: Process control systems: Special optical sensors and machine vision systems, microcontroller/DSP based control system design, high performance ac and dc drives, high-voltage pulse generators, radio frequency network design, video and audio coding including low bit-rate, bandwidth compression, microcomputer based systems, real time systems, image processing and pattern recognition, soft computing methods, database and decision support systems, geographical information systems and spatial decision support systems

Semiconductor Technology: Optoelectronic devices, IC/VLSI digital design, processor architectures and design, CMOS analog design, microelectronics and MEMS sensors, photonics

Electron Tube Technology: TWTs, magnetrons, klystrons, carcinotrons, power triodes, gas filled devices, industrial drives, controls and automation, electromagnetics and communication, instrumentation, speech processing technology.

 

Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO, Chandigarh)

Design and development of opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems for defence and space requirements, optical system design including aspheric and zoom systems, photonics, industrial drives, controls and automation, holographic optical elements and holographic and laser speckle non-destructive testing, fibre optics based sensing and measurement techniques, passive and functional optical integrated circuits, optical characterization and evaluation, ultra-high vacuum components and system design, ion, electron and x-ray beam based technology, RF and microwave based systems design, etching and deposition of semiconductors and other materials, monochromator and polychromator design

Electronics for medical, geo-scientific, Process and pollution monitoring instrumentation: PC-based instrumentation, modular design, analog & digital signal processing, DSP & micro controller based instrumentation, image acquisition and processing, ultrasound imaging for medical diagnostics, electronic systems design suited to space and defence requirements, gas monitoring instrumentation, system design for EMI/EMC prone environment, system thermal management using non-conventional techniques

Mechanical engineering: micro movements, polycarbonate and acrylic mouldings for lenses and reflectors precision machining, fabrication of precision tools and dies for plastic and sheet metal components

 

National Physical Laboratory (NPL, New Delhi)

Standards and quality assurance, semiconductor devices, microelectronics and MEMS sensors, photonics, electromagnetics and communication, instrumentation.

 

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

Glass electrodes, sensors, etc.

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL, Pune)

Analytical instrumentation

Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute (CGCRI, Kolkata)

 

Optical communication fibre, electro-ceramics

National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL, Bangalore)

 

Instrumentation pertaining to aircraft and other aerospace application and parallel computing

 

Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI, Durgapur)

 

Robotics

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa)

 

Autonomous pressure based tide gauges, autonomous weather stations, autonomous surface vehicle, autonomous underwater vehicles

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI, Hyderabad)

Geophysical instrumentation

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Bhopal)

Ceramic fibre preforms, etc.

 

ENERGY 

Labs
Area of Core Competence

Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Fluidized bed combustion, combustion behaviour of different coals/coal blends in drop tube furnace. Coal gasification characteristics of Indian coals (including integrated gas combine cycle) catalytic hydrogenation of coal to oil, Petrographic study and study of other relevant characteristics of coal. Design development of non-recovery type coke oven for production of domestic/industrial/metallurgical grade coke for briquettes/pellets for domestic/industrial uses from coal washery coke fines, coal beneficiation lignite/industrial waste fuels (rejects and coke breeze), development of device for oxythermal treatment of raw briquettes, process development for dry-quenching of coke, de-sulphurization of coal, characterization of coal and coke for specific end uses, gainful utilization of N.E. coal, development of suitable devolatiliser for coal and lignite, safety and economic health of mining operations.

 

Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP, DehraDun)

Petroleum refining, natural gas/ petrochemicals, utilization of petroleum products for developing novel, state-of-the-art technologies/products, providing technical services and assisting petroleum industry in absorption/adoption/selection of technologies. Activities related to the fossil fuels particularly to the downstream sector of petroleum. Development of catalysts/catalyst based petroleum-refining processes for production of various fuels. Development of solvent extraction technologies for de-aromatization of various petroleum streams. Development of technologies involving separation techniques such as adsorption and membrane-based separation. Development of thermal conversion processes (visbreaking, delayed coking) for obtaining value added products from petroleum residue. Simulation and modelling of refinery processes. Process design and integration of refinery processes. Technology development for production of lubricating oils, bitumen and pitches. Propane de-asphalting. Fuels obtained from non-conventional energy sources. Biodiesel, industrial/domestic stoves, pollution control.

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

Various types of batteries for different end users.

Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI, Durgapur)

Different aspects of combustion, heat transfer, fluid engineering and residual life assessment of power and process plants. Pollution-free power generation. Modelling of India’s Energy Economic System and computer simulation & analysis-based methods for enhancement of power plant operation and performance, fuel cells, biogas from municipal works.

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

Studies on combustion characteristics of undersize coal/coke fines. Utilization of low-grade coals for power generation. Use of biomass-derived gas for power generation and heating. Fuel cells.

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL, Bangalore)

Wind energy, Fuel cells.

National Chemical Laboratory, (NCL, Pune)

Reforming catalysts for various fuels such as methane, ethanol, LPG etc; POX-catalyst for preferential oxidation of CO.

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI, Hyderabad)

Gas hydrates, hydrocarbons trapped in sedimentary deposits.

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML, Jamshedpur)

Characterization and beneficiation of ores and minerals. Clean coal (coking/non-coking), coal beneficiation, multi fuel biomass stoves, biogas.

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL,

Bhubaneswar)

Development of efficient combustion systems for high ash coal and fuel oil. Gasification system for biomass and solar thermal systems. Coal beneficiation, multi fuel biomass stoves, biogas.

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Jammu)

Geothermal energy, Solar dryers.

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL Jorhat)

Biogas, oil wells, chemicals, etc.

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Thiruvananthapuram)

Development of organo-based materials for applications in solar energy harvesting.

National Physical Laboratory (NPL, New Delhi)

Solar energy/cells.

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO Goa)

Gas hydrates.

Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI, Dhanbad)

A pioneer in coal mining and management. Its activities are covered under the Earth Resources & Hazard Mitigation theme area.

Central Salt and Marine Research Institute (CSMCRI, Bhavnagar)

Bio-diesel

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow

Bio-fuel

  

 FOOD & FOOD PROCESSING

Labs
Expertise

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI, Mysore)

It exclusively deals in foods and food processing, and is today a major international player in this sector. It has the mandate to develop post-harvest technologies for efficient protection, conservation and processing of agricultural produce with focus on developing export-oriented value-added products from horticultural and plantation crops. Besides, its mission is to design and fabricate prototype food processing machinery and to assist food industry through consultancy, contract research and other technical support services. CFTRI has qualified for International Standards Organization (ISO) Certification. It has also achieved the distinction of getting the NABL accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, DST, in the fields of chemical and biological testing. 

 

Regional Research Laboratory

(RRL, Thiruvananthapuram)

Optimum utilization of regional / national resources. In food technology sector, it has undertaken agro-processing of and value- addition to spices, coconut, oil palm, cassava, etc.

 

Regional Research Laboratory

 (RRL, Jorhat)

Development of technologies based on the immense natural wealth of the North-Eastern region. It has developed agro-technologies for citronella, lemongrass and edible mushrooms.

 

Regional Research Laboratory

(RRL, Jammu)

Developing post-harvest technologies that includes processing of regional produce, developed PCR-based methods for the detection of food-borne pathogens - a technology that would lead to the development of diagnostic kits.

 

Regional Research Laboratory

(RRL, Bhubaneshwar)

R&D efforts are geared towards development of an ultrasonically-aided anaerobic reactor for biomethanation of agricultural/vegetable wastes and designing a solar distillation system for solar drying of kendu leaves, timber, etc. Has developed expertise for kewada production.

 

Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI, Durgapur)

Major R&D efforts have been focused on the development of appropriate machinery for productivity enhancement in the agricultural and the post-harvest processing sectors.

Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT, Palampur)

Agro-technologies related to tea processing and organic farming.Nationally recognized for pesticide residue analysis in tea and herbals. Nutraceuticals and nutrigenomics.

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC, Lucknow)

Identifying the action mode of hazardous toxicants/pollutants and developing diagnostic techniques for food safety evaluation. Quality assessment of drinking water.

 

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI, Lucknow)

Developed nursery technology for clonal propagation of difficult-to-root plant species besides tissue culture protocols for trees and medicinal plants. It has expertise in preparation of herbal health protective nutraceutical formulations, fruit-based herbal health drink and development of neem- based pesticides besides organic cultivation of vegetables and other economically important plants.

 

Central Institute of Medical & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP, Lucknow)

Post harvest processing of plants and value addition to extracted products for active formulations is an important area of ongoing research on medicinal and aromatic plants.

 

National Institute of Oceanography

 (NIO, Goa)

It has the mission of collecting and identifying marine flora and fauna for biological screening and processing of marine-based foods.

 

 

HEALTHCARE, DRUGS & PHARMACEUTICALS

 Labs
Areas of Core Competence

Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI, Lucknow)

Drug discovery to development, synthetic/natural product chemistry, combinatorial chemical synthesis, molecular modelling, HTS, structural biology, broad-based biological screening, pharmacology, pharmaco-kinetics, toxicology, phase I clinical studies, chemical and fermentation technology, quality control and standardization, proteomics, medicinal chemistry, molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, and phytochemicals/herbal drugs/nutraceuticals research.

 

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB, Kolkata)

Synthetic/natural products/medicinal chemistry, infectious diseases, cellular physiology, drug designing, molecular modelling, molecular biology, biotechnology, cell signals for oncogene expression and metabolic diseases, immunology, human genetics, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, phytochemicals/nutraceuticals.

 

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

Synthetic and natural products chemistry, chemical /process engineering, combinatorial/medical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis for chiral drugs, custom synthesis, computer-aided modelling and drug design, glyco-therapeutics, peptides and peptido-mimetics, enzyme mimics (drug delivery systems), pharmacology, pre-clinical toxicity pharmacokinetics, toxicology, phytochemicals/herbal drugs/nutraceuticals research, quality control and formulation.

 

Indian Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH, Chandigarh)

Molecular and cell biology, microbial genetics, immunology, structural biology, protein engineering, fermentation technology, culture type depository, microbial gene bank, bioinformatics, proteomics, molecular and cell biology.

 

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB, Delhi)

Genomics & Molecular Medicine, Predictive medicine, Genome Informatics (in-silico biology), Bio-informatics, Pathway modelling, Proteomics structural biology, Comparative Genomics & Gene Expression, Immunology and molecular genetics of respiratory disorders including allergy, Nucleic Acids & Peptides, Bioactive molecules of medicinal importance.

 

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL-Jammu)

Agrotechnology, synthetic (chiral) and natural product chemistry, herbal drugs, select biological screening, bioprospecting, microbial biodiversity for industrially useful enzymes, genetic fingerprinting, identification/authentication of medicinal plants, fermentation technology, quality control and standardization of herbal drugs, establishment of medicinal plants gene bank, bioinformatics, pharmacology phytochemicals/herbal drugs/nutraceuticals research. 

 

Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP, Lucknow)

Agrotechnology of economically important herbs, process technology for phytochemicals, herbal drugs, nutraceuticals, genetic finger printing of plants/herbs, plant bioinformatics, genetic improvement, bioprospecting, molecular and cell biology, quality control and formulation.

 

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB, Hyderabad)

Advanced molecular and cell biology, biotechnology, sperm-associated proteins/fertility-potential of sperm, DNA-fingerprinting, signal transduction, eye diseases, hepatitis vaccine, microbial genetics, transgenics, anti-microbial proteins, genomics, proteomics molecular and cell biology

 

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL, Pune)

Synthetic chemistry, tissue culture, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, nanoparticle technology, smart polymer gels, chemical/process engineering, process/enzyme/fermentation technology, combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, quality control and formulation

 

Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT, Palampur)

Identification, collection, isolation and characterization of plants and microbes chemical and molecular characterization of bioactives, genomics, tissue culture, agro-technology of medicinal plants, phytochemicals/herbal drugs/nutraceuticals research, and chemical/process engineering

 

Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC, Lucknow)

In vitro test systems for bio-evaluation/identification of molecules or neurological disorders and antioxidant activity, complete toxicity evaluation in small animals; identification and action mode of hazardous toxicants/pollutants, diagnostics for toxicants/pollutants; safety evaluation/preventive measures for environmental/industrial hazards, and quality assessment of drinking water

 

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI, Lucknow)

Pharmacognosy, ethnopharmacology, herbal drugs (authentication, standardization, characterization), nutraceuticals, agro-technology of medicinal plants, plant bioinformatics, genetic characterization and genetic improvement of economically important plants, proteomics, transgenics, molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, phytochemicals/herbal drugs, quality control and formulation

 

Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI, Bhavnagar),

Bioactives from plants, cultivation of desert economic plants and their value addition, sea weed cultivation, phycocolloids and marine microbes, biotechnology, synthetic chemistry and drug intermediates desalination water treatment technology for pure water for drinking, low sodium and plant/herbal salt

 

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Jorhat).

 

Bioactives from plants, drugs and drug intermediates, isolation and characterization of active molecules and analytical services

 

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa)

Collection and identification of marine flora and fauna, biological screening (antimicrobial, anticancer, oxytocic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fouling cytotoxic, antimalarial, antiosteoporotic antiviral, immunomodulatory) and marine natural product chemistry for the identification and structure elucidation of active molecules

 

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL-Thiruvananthapuram)

 

Synthesis of drugs/drug intermediates, natural product isolation, biological screening, chemical finger printing, herbal drugs, nutraceuticals, bioprocess/enzyme technology and phytochemicals.

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI, Mysore)

Nutraceuticals, health-promoting effects of spices/herbs/foods (antioxidants, digestion-stimulants, anti-inflammatory), traditional remedies, food-safety/nutritional toxicology, nodal codex food laboratory, animal and plant cell culture, PCR probes and biosensors, phytochemicals/nutraceuticals research, quality control & formulation, toxicology and bioprocess/enzyme/fermentation technology

 

Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI, Chennai)

Controlled drug delivery systems, collagen-based biomaterials, skin biology

 

Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute (CGCRI, Kolkata

Ceramic membrane technology based water purification technologies, Ceramic based bio-medical implants

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI, Nagpur)

Water purification, diagnostic kits etc.

 

HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION

Labs
Areas of Core Competence

Central Building Research Institute (CBRI, Roorkee)

Structural design of buildings, construction techniques, Mathematical modelling related to structural problems, Computer-aided structural analysis and design, Development of construction techniques and planning guidelines for buildings in disaster prone areas-flood/cyclone, Economical design of water supply and drainage system, Testing and design solutions for geotechnical problems, Reclamation of abandoned as ponds for human settlements, surface and ground water quality monitoring for organic/inorganic pollutants, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Audit (EA) & Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for  new and  expansion  projects of process industries and infrastructure projects, testing of soils, flyash, industrial and  mining waste etc, for manufacturing  of bricks  and tiles.  Bricks from unsuitable soils, mechanized production of clay-flyash, flyash-sand-lime and autoclaved products, technology for manufacture of hydraulic lime, cement and concrete, lime and lime-based products, super-plasticizer, high-strength concrete, anti-corrosion treatments, fibre-reinforced building materials, reactive silica from flyash, polymers, plastics, paints, protective coatings, adhesives, sealants, water-proofing compounds, utilization of by-product phosphogypsum and fluorogypsum as building material, environment-friendly termite control measures, thermal  designs of conditioned and non-conditioned buildings/cold storages etc., distressed buildings investigation, suggestion and remedial measures, repair/strengthening/retrofitting  measures of damaged buildings, design and fabrication of machines for construction technology, design of rural houses and construction methods  for  hilly areas, fire hazard assessment and analysis, Computer-aided-Architectural Design and Planning (CAAD), remote sensing and GIS related applications

Central Road Research Institute (CRRI, New Delhi)

Pavement engineering and paving materials, geotechnical engineering, bridge-engineering, traffic-engineering, transportation planning, road traffic safety, environmental impacts, highway planning and management, instrumentation for highways and bridges.

Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC, Chennai)

Fatigue and fracture, experimental mechanics and shock and vibration, steel structures, transmission line towers and other steel skeletal structures, computer-aided analysis and design of structures and software development, concrete composites and materials and reinforced concrete structures, construction engineering and pre-stressed concrete structures

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

Corrosion inhibiting formulations/processes

Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Building materials, steel plant refractories, etc.

Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI, Kolkata)

Building materials, high temperature structural components

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

Anti-corrosive coatings, nuclear radiation resistant coatings for nuclear power plants, adhesives, insulation boards, etc.

Central Mining Research Institute (CMRI, Dhanbad)

Design for underground space, tunnels, dams caverns, and hydel projects.

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI, Nagpur)

Rapid and comprehensive EIA of developmental projects, rural sanitation

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML, Jamshedpur)

Building materials and components from locally available raw materials and wastes, new building materials, blended cement formulations, concrete and steel bridges, railway wheels and railway tracks, offshore structural components, corrosion inhibiting formulations/processes

 

Regional Research Laboratories (RRLs), Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jorhat and Thiruvananthapuram

Building materials and components from locally available raw materials and wastes, alternative building materials

NATIONAL S&T HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

The Human Resource Development Group has been contributing significantly towards producing an inquiring society and fast growing knowledge economy. The schemes cover the age range of 15 years to 65 years. This ensures a win-win situation for Indian science as it guarantees early recognition of talent and also retains experience.

INFORMATION DISSEMINATION & PRODUCTS

Labs
Areas of core competence

National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources (NISCAIR, New Delhi)

Knowledge networking, science communication, science popularization, S&T information management systems and services, IPR, biodiversity and genetic resources, etc.; science editing and production; graphics and printing

National Institute of Science, Technology And Development Studies (NISTADS, New Delhi)

To undertake studies, e.g. IPR & development; Information technology and biotechnology; Innovation policy; Innovation & knowledge society; Technology and integrated assistance to rural artisans; Sustainable development; Science-technology-education valuation studies; History and philosophy of science/Public awareness of science

Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP, Pune)

Development of Science, Technology and Industry related products in electronic, online and web-based formats

CSIR Unit for Science Dissemination (CSIR Headquarters, New Delhi)

 

Helps project CSIR Brand Equity through mass media, exhibitions, etc.

 

 Information Technology Division (CSIR Headquarters, New Delhi)

 

Its mandate is to help make CSIR IT-savvy, utilize IT for efficient and effective management of CSIR, showcase available expertise and knowledge in CSIR system, utilize IT to realize economy of scales in common functions in transparent manner, establish a digital document based decision support system, and serve as a state-of-the -art data centre.

LEATHER

CLRI, today, is a central hub in Indian leather sector with direct roles in education, research, training, testing, designing, forecasting, planning, social empowerment and leading in science and technology relating to leather. State-of-art facilities in CLRI support, innovation in leather processing, creative designing of leather products viz. leather garment, leather goods, footwear and development of novel environmental technologies for leather sector.

MATERIALS 

Labs
Areas of Core Competence

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL, Pune)

Heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio catalysts, polymers, composites, coatings, new materials, e.g. nanomaterials and smart polymers

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, Hyderabad)

Adhesives, biodegradable polymers, conducting polymers, catalysts, cyanate ester polymers, solder resistant and rain erosion resistant coatings

 

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML, Jamshedpur)

Material characterization and evaluation, magnetic materials, sensor materials, advanced structural ceramics, bio-ceramics, hydroxy apatite -based hybrid composites, metal-ceramics and ceramic-ceramic joining, advanced alloys like shape memory and damping alloys, hard coatings, oxidation and wear resisting nanocomposite coatings

 

Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute, (CGCRI, Kolkata)

Glass science, glass technology, specialty glass processing, optical communication fibres, anti- reflective and anti-glare coatings, nano composite films, nano ceramic powders, clay-based ceramics, non-oxide ceramics, ceramic membranes, ceramic bio-medical implants, electro-ceramics, engineering ceramics and composites, refractories

 

National Physical Laboratory (NPL, New Delhi)

Materials science and materials characterization, processing and characterization of monolithic and composite materials, advanced carbon products, polymeric and soft materials, liquid crystal display devices, bio-sensors, and polymeric electronic devices including xeroradiography, conducting polymers, electronic materials, and Indian Reference Materials

National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL, Bangalore)

Composites and coatings

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

Corrosion resistant coatings, Luminescent materials, organic conducting polymers and novel oxide materials, photovoltaic materials for solid and liquid junction solar cells, supersonic conductors

Regional Research Laboratory, Jorhat

Nanomaterials as catalysts, ceramic monolith, silica and alumina-based materials, cement and building materials, oil field chemicals, e.g., propellants, masonry bricks, boards, paper, etc., utilizing waste materials.

 

Regional Research Laboratory, Bhopal

Metal matrix composites, agricultural implements, polymer composites, computer simulation studies for materials

Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar

Thermal plasma dissociation of zircon, titania rich slag by thermal plasma processing of raw and pre-reduced ilmenite and plasma processing of industrially important high temperature materials

Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram

Polymers for specific applications, polymer composites, polymer processing and blends

 

METALS, MINERALS & MANUFACTURING

Labs
Areas of Core Competence

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML, Jamshedpur)

Mineral processing and engineering including characterization of ores, minerals and products, beneficiation of ores, minerals and recovery of values from industrial wastes, agglomeration of ore fines and concentrates, flotation and electro flotation, mechano-chemical activation of minerals; pyro, hydro and electro-metallurgical processes of metal extraction, gainful utilization of natural resources and solid waste management and metal casting and forming and alloy development.

Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar

Development of environment-friendly and energy-efficient technology for: processing of non-ferrous minerals for production of strategic metals, recovery and utilization of values from secondaries/wastes/effluents, processing of iron-bearing materials for alloy production using different advanced techniques such as smelting reduction, production of advanced materials by adopting chemical/electrochemical/biotechnological routes under different conditions, preparation and testing of agglomerates to find their suitability for smelting purpose

Central Fuel Research Institute (CFRI, Dhanbad)

Coal Characterization, beneficiation, etc.

Central Mining Research Institute, (CMRI, Dhanbad)

Technologies for exploitation of coal and other mineral deposits, geo-mechanics and mining methods, safety standards in mines, eco-friendly mining practices, disaster management of mines, beach placer deposits, design of mining equipment and machinery

Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, Karaikudi)

Electro-metallurgy, electro-pyrometallurgy, industrial metal finishing, and protection from corrosion

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI, Hyderabad)

Mineral exploration and engineering geophysics

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO, Goa)

Coastal/offshore surveys and mining

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Jorhat)

Characterization, beneficiation, agglomeration and utilization of ores and minerals

Regional Research Laboratory (RRL, Thiruvanthapuram)

Solid waste remediation processes, beneficiation processes for value addition to mineral resources, mineral separation by flotation, flocculation and hydrocyclonning

Central Mechanical Research Institute (CMERI, Durgapur)

Robotics and mechatronics, mechanical product design and manufacturing technology, rapid prototyping and tooling, farm and industrial equipment and machinery, new generation/platform products and manufacturing processes, quality control and standardization of products and materials, and residual life assessment of industrial/power plants, etc.