Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology
Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher
Educational Institutions (FIST) Program 2017
Proposals are invited online for consideration of support under the Scheme “Fund for Improvement of S&T
Infrastructure (FIST)” of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. The Scheme is intended
to provide basic infrastructure and enabling facilities for promoting R&D activities in new and emerging areas and
attracting fresh talents in universities & other educational institutions.
Nature of Support : The Scheme will provide optimal infrastructure facilities for post-graduate teaching and research,
such as, renovation of existing laboratory space (no fresh constructions) and cold room, modernization of laboratories
involved in PG teaching and research, acquisition of essential equipment, up-gradation of existing facilities,
networking & computational facilities including software & databases, scientific & technical books (no journals),
maintenance & refurbishing of existing and new facilities etc.. The facilities provided under the Program are intended
to support the efforts of the Department as a whole or a number of faculty members in the Department. Proposal
towards individual R&D support would not be accepted under this Scheme.
Duration : The duration of support for each project will be for a period not exceeding 5 years.
Eligibility : For University / Academic Institutions, the support will be considered for the 'Department / School /
Center' as a unit. All Science (including Medical & Agriculture) and Engineering Departments/ Centres having strong
postgraduate teaching and research programs which have existed for at least 3 years or more in universities and
other higher educational institutions recognized or regulated by UGC/ AICTE and/or MHRD/ State Education
Department based, are eligible. All other agency based academic University/ Institutes are excluded from the
scope of FIST support. The Department/ Centre/ School already supported under FIST Program may submit fresh
proposal after completion of the ongoing project provided such projects completed in all respects and obtained ‘Completion Certificate’ whose copy may be attached in the current proposal. Progress of ongoing project of the
Department/ Centre/ School will be monitored as per monitoring schedule of the Program and any additional
requirements will be considered as a part of that exercise.
For College, the support to 'College as a whole' shall be considered for the post-graduate S & T departments which
are not self financed.
PRIVATE Academic University/ College/ Institution and GOVT. AIDED Colleges under Not-for-Profit status would
be considered as Non-Government Organization (NGO) and shall use ‘NGO/ VO’ option during the process of
submission of proposal. For Self-financed post-graduate departments and Private Universities/ Academic
Institutes including Colleges, support shall be considered only on merit of research activities for research facilities.
Such departments of the University or “College as a whole” should have at least 50% students at the PhD level
pursuing their PhD as full time Research Scholar and receiving their fellowships either by virtue of NET/GATE
qualification or holder of Institute/any other agency fellowship and such department would need to contribute 50
% of total recommended budget.
Type of Support:
(1) Level 0: Proposals from Govt./ Govt. aided Colleges shall be considered for a maximum support of up to Rs.
150 lakh [Teaching facilities – Rs 50 lakh and Research facilities – Rs 100 lakh] and proposals from private/
self financed Colleges shall be considered for a maximum support up to Rs. 100 lakh [Research facilities] for
the S & T departments for 5 years.
(2) Level I : Proposals from relatively small but active post-graduate S & T Department from State & Central
Universities & academic Institutions requiring moderate funding for improving quality of teaching & research.
The support would be up to Rs 300 lakh for 5 years for augmentation of teaching and research facilities to a
Department/ School/ Centre.
(3) Level II : Proposals from well established S & T Department from State/ Central Universities and academic
Institutions with high repute requiring substantial funding (upper limit – Rs.1000 lakh for 5 years) for acquiring
state-of-the-art equipment and setting up laboratories for conducting internationally competitive research.
Selection : The selection will be through a peer review mechanism and visit to the laboratories, if necessary. An
Advisory Board of Experts will assist the DST in making final selection.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING ONLINE APPLICATION
1. Log on onlinedst.gov.in to access the home page of the “DST e-PMS Portal”.
2. Before filling up the form candidates are advised to carefully go through the Relevant Advertisement
published at the DST FIST Website (www.fist-dst.org) and also available under Proposal Formats in the e-PMS
Portal after logging in the portal site.
3. To save your time and avoid data loss please download the appropriate proposal format as suitable for your
EITHER Department [LEVEL I / LEVEL II] OR PG College [LEVEL 0], fill all the information required as per the
format as a Word and PDF file (max. size 2 Mb) and then keep it ready for upload during submission of
4. Click on “Submit proposals” link which would take you to a page seeking multiple information starting with – General information, Principal investigator etc. Please note for FIST Program you do not need to fill – Suggested referees. Fill all the mandatory information sought against each menu except (Suggested referees).
5. After filling all above particulars there is provision for preview your detail before final submission of
application form on clicking on “Preview” button. Preview page will display all facts/particulars that you have
mentioned on entry time if you are sure with filled details then click on “Submit” button to finally push data into
6. Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no
change will be possible/ entertained after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS :
Online Application must be submitted by 30 June, 2017 after which the web-link will be
AUTOMATICALLY disabled FOR ANY USAGE. Last date of submitting the HARD COPY of the PRINT VERSION of the online submitted form is 30 June, 2017. The hard copy of the print version should reach the following address on or before 30th June, 2017:
Dr Arindam Bhattacharyya, Scientist ‘D’,
R and D Infrastructure Division,
Department of Science & Technology (DST),
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi - 110 016
1 IT IS MANDATORY TO SUBMIT THE PROPOSALS THROUGH ONLINE MODE. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL
ONLY ON OFFLINE THROUGH HARD COPY WITHOUT ONLINE SUBMISSION OF THE PROPOSAL WOULD BE
SUMMARILY REJECTED AND WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FURTHER PROCESSING UNDER THE FIST
2 CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ONLY ONE HARD COPY AS PRINT OUT OF THEIR ONLINE
SUBMITTED APPLICATION TO THE DST WITH THE SIGNATURES AND RUBBER STAMPS OF THE CONCERNED
3 INCOMPLETE OR WRONGLY FILLED UP APPLICATION FORMAT OR APPLICATION WITH LACK OF ESSENTIAL
DOCUMENTS WILL BE SUMMARILY REJECTED. ANY LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IN RESPECT TO ANY MATTER OF
CLAIM OR DISPUTE ARISING OUT OF THIS ADVERTISEMENT AND / OR APPLICATION CAN BE LODGED ONLY
IN DELHI COURTS/ TRIBUNALS/ FORUMS AND DELHI COURTS / TRIBUNAL/ FORUMS ONLY SHALL HAVE THE
SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION TO TRY ANY CASE / DISPUTE.
4 PROPOSAL SUBMITTED THROUGH E-MAIL WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED. UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS AND
COLLEGES SHALL USE SEPARATE FORMAT OF APPLICATION UPLOADED AT THE ONLINE PORTAL
(ONLINEDST.GOV.IN)/ GIVEN IN THE WEBSITE (WWW.FIST-DST.ORG). SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL OTHER
THAN THE PRESCRIBED FORMAT SHALL SUMMARILY BE REJECTED WITHOUT ANY FURTHER PROCESSING AS
PER PROGRAM NORMS.
A Summary Sheet in a separate page containing Level, Subject Area, Name of Department/ Centre & University/
Institute, Year of Establishment, Status of Institute/ University/ College, complete Postal Address for correspondence
including name of Head/ Contact Person, Pin Number, State/ UT, Telephone no., Fax & E-mail and the total budget
may be uploaded with the online proposal and also be attached along with the Print Version of the submitted
applications. Please note that incomplete Proposal/ Proposal not in the prescribed Format/ Proposal received
after the due date would summarily be rejected and no correspondence in such cases would be made in this
respect. The name of the successful departments shall be displayed in the Website after completion of the process.
The envelope should mention on top No “PROPOSAL UNDER FIST in Subject Area -----------/ Level -----------”. [e.g.
Life Science, Physical Science, Chemical Science, Engineering Science, Earth & Atmospheric Science & Mathematical
Science and PG College as a Whole]
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