Lady Tata Memorial Trust invites applications for “Young Research Awards – 2012” – Apply by January 16, 2012


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations in India, was set up by Sir Dorabji Tata with the prime purpose of encouraging learning and research in the country, of meeting costs of relief during crises and calamities and of carrying out worthwhile charitable activities. The Trust’s vision of constructive philanthropy has been sensitive to the fast-growing needs of a developing nation, while the work initiated by it holds contemporary relevance as it continues to support innovative enterprises in development.


This scheme is instituted by the Lady Tata Memorial Trust to recognize and reward young Indian scientists with outstanding track record in biological sciences, a deep commitment to find innovative solutions to major problems related to human diseases and potential for high quality research. Applicants should have publications in well recognized peer reviewed journals of repute and contributed to knowledge generation that has created significant impact in the field of translational possibilities. The applicant should also highlight prestigious award(s) and other recognitions such as award(s) of major academies / societies.


The aim is to reward Young Researchers (< 40 years) who have displayed a potential for high quality research.


  1. The award is open to Indian Nationals, residing in India, who are below the age of 40 years as on March 31, 2012.
  2. The applicant should possess a Ph.D. degree in any Biological Science or a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences, or an equivalent degree in Biotechnology related areas. The applicant must have at least 4 years’ professional experience in the specific area after obtaining the above degree.
  3. The candidate must have a regular position in a University / Organization / Institute in India. He/she should be engaged in research and development and have publications arising from research done as an independent investigator in India. The awardee will be eligible for regular research grants through extramural and other research schemes of various S & T agencies of the Government of India.


The duration of the award will be initially for three years, extendable further by two years, on a review by the Trust’s Experts’ Committee.


A Money Order of Rs.500 as Processing Fee (non-refundable) should be forwarded in favour of the Lady Tata Memorial Trust, and the original postal receipt of the same should be attached at the top of the original set of the application form.

About the award:

  • The amount of the award will be Rs. 25,000 per month in addition to regular salary from the host institute.
  • In addition, the Young Researcher will receive a contingency grant of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum for meeting the expenses on consumables, minor equipment, international and domestic travel, manpower and other contingent expenditure to be incurred in connection with the implementation of research project under the award.

The candidate must submit the application strictly in conformity with the pattern given in the proforma. The application should be freshly computer generated. Typed/hand-written application will be rejected.

The candidate must forward the application through the Director of a recognized Research Institute or Laboratory where he/she proposes to work. The application must be accompanied by - eight sets - original + seven copies of the application must be submitted. Please note that the application sets should only be corner-stapled and should not be bound in any other manner. The application should be sent to the below mentioned address, so as to reach not later than Monday, January 16 2012.

Please super-subscribe on the left hand top corner of your postal cover YRA-2012 as the code for your Award.

Contact details:

The Secretary
Lady Tata Memorial Trust,
Bombay House,
24 Homi Mody Street,
Mumbai 400 001
Tel: +91 (22) 66658282


January 16, 2012 12:00AM