CSIR Young Scientist Awards (YSA)

  1. PREAMBLE
    1. The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) introduced, in 1987, a scheme of Awards for Young Scientists in the CSIR system in order to promote excellence in various fields of science and technology. These Awards are known as “CSIR Young Scientist Awards”.
  2. NATURE
    1. The Awards are given annually in the following fields:
      i) Biological Sciences, ii) Chemical Sciences, iii)Earth-Atmosphere-Ocean-Planetary Sciences, iv) Engineering Sciences, v) Physical Sciences (including instrumentation)
    2. Each award consists of a citation (signed by the Director-General, CSIR and the Vice-President, CSIR), a cash prize of Rs.50000 (Rupees fifty thousand) and a plaque.
    3. Research grant of Rs 25 lakh (Rupees twenty-five lakh) over a period of five years, is also given, which is normally to the tune of Rs 5 lakh per annum per CSIR Young Scientist Awardee.
  3. PURPOSE
    1. Promoting excellence and recognising outstanding contributions made by the young CSIR scientists for their work done primarily in India during the last five years preceding the year of the Award.
  4. ELIGIBILITY
    1. Any scientist, engaged in research work in any of the CSIR laboratories/institutes, who is not more than 35 years of age, as reckoned on 26 September (CSIR Foundation Day) of the preceding year, is eligible for the Award.
    2. The nominee should be a regular Scientist (as per CSRAP Rules) of the CSIR system and should have joined the CSIR laboratory on or prior to 26 September of the previous year.
  5. NOMINATION
    1. Directors/ Chairperson of Research Councils / Bhatnagar Awardees can propose nominations only of scientists belonging to the CSIR laboratories/ institutes with which they are associated. Each of them can send normally a maximum of two nominations in each discipline.

      Information regarding the nominations should be sent as per the prescribed proforma on or before the closing date (as notified every year). The details of the award and prescribed proforma for nomination may be downloaded from the website: www.csirhrdg.res.in

  6. ADVISORY COMMITTEES
    1. Duly approved Advisory Committees (comprising of at least one Bhatnagar Awardee in each committee) will be constituted in the above-mentioned five fields for making selections for the “CSIR Young Scientist Awards”.
  7. SELECTION PROCEDURE
    1. Each nominee is required to make a brief presentation (15 minutes) about his/her research work before the concerned Advisory Committee. This may be followed by 5 minutes question-answer session/discussion.
    2. No nomination will be considered in absentia.
    3. The awards are given for outstanding contributions made by the Young CSIR scientists on work done primarily in India.
    4. The award in a specific discipline may be withheld if no candidate of requisite merit is forthcoming in that year.
    5. The recommendations of the Advisory Committees are subject to approval by the Governing Body of CSIR.
  8. PRESENTATION
    1. The CSIR Young Scientist Awards will be presented to the recipients on 26 September, the CSIR Foundation Day every year at a formal function arranged by CSIR. At this ceremony, citations highlighting the work of the recipients are read out.
  9. RESEARCH PROJECT
    1. After the selections, each Awardee is required to submit a research project indicating the contingency and equipment grant that would be required by him/her for the pursuit of research as per his/her proposed project. Duration of the project may be for five years. The project should have the approval of the Director/ Research Council of the laboratories/ institute. The project is to be carried out independently. With effect from 1st April 1994, the Directors of CSIR laboratories/ institutes have been empowered to release the grant (presently Rs 5 lakh per annum per awardee, enhanced from the year 2008 onwards) for the approved projects to the CSIR Young Scientist Awardee, where he/ she is working. Intimation regarding this should be sent to Head, HRDG along with a copy of the project for reference and record. The grant may be claimed from Human Resource Development Group, CSIR Complex, New Delhi, in the prescribed proforma along with annual progress report.