Indo-German Cooperation in Health Research: Priority Research Area - Phytotherapies

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The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Republic of Germany, invite proposals in the identified priority area of research on Phytotherapies.

The call for proposal will consider research projects in the area of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biology as well as Biotechnology Research on plant-based medicines: Composition, Efficacy, Development, Safety, Testing and Production of Phytopharmaceuticals. Research proposals on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis/ rheumatoid arthritis as well as of antiviral effects are of special interest (The areas suggested are indicative and not exclusive).

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

 Quality and originality of research approach
 Expected results and outcomes
 Qualification of applicant and availability of infrastructure
 Experience in international cooperation (esp. with respective partner country)
 Quality, added value and sustainability of collaboration
 Appropriateness of budget

Who Can Apply?

Scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in universities, national R&D laboratories/ institutes and private R&D institutes, as well as researchers from the private sector, can apply under this programme. Applicants should contact the national contact point or visit website: for information on each Party’s national eligibility rules or support conditions.
On the Indian side, the eligibility requirements follow normal DBT regulations (See Annexure-I: DBTModalities-of-Participation-and-Funding)

Project Duration

Usually up to 3 years.


Commonly agreed collaborative research project on specific formats should be submitted jointly in the English language by both sides through the electronic application system “PT Outline” under A proposal template will be provided for download. Unilaterally submitted projects shall not be considered.

On the German side, DLR-PT requests signed version of the principal investigators (scanned copies are sufficient).

On the Indian side after the submission of the collaborative research project on “PT Outline”, the Indian applicants need to send a soft copy and one hard copy of the joint proposal to DBT along with Annexure-II: Checklist. Soft copy may be submitted at email and the hard copy may be sent to the address at the end of the call document).

Publications and intellectual property: The PIs are obliged to publish research results coming from the Collaborative Research in an appropriate form and according to national domestic laws. It is important that an agreement be reached in advance concerning their IPR sharing arrangement, technical annex document and Coordination Agreement. It is the responsibility of both PIs to make sure such an agreement is signed and submitted to respective national agencies in case, the proposal is finally selected for funding support.

All received proposals will undergo a common peer review.

Proposals selected for funding will be processed independently on both sides based on national rules. Tentative starting date is 01.02.2021.

Contact Persons for Submission of Proposals


Dr. Manish Rana
Scientist E
Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Block – 2 ,CGO Complex,
Lodi Road New Delhi – 110 003, INDIA
Tel : + 91 (0)11 24363012


Ms Dörte Merk
German Aerospace Center – Project Management
European and International Cooperation
Heinrich-Konen-Straße 1
53227 Bonn, GERMANY
Telefon: +49 228/38 21-1442
Telefax: +49 228/38 21-1444

Kind of Support Available

Funding will be provided in the form of grants amounting up to € 250.000 per project for German applicants, Indian applicants will be provided funds based on the requirement of the project, for a period of up to three years. The funds are released by DBT on annual basis after reviewing the progress report submitted by the Indian Principal Investigator (PI). On the Indian side, the funding support follow normal DBT regulations. Please refer to Annexure-I: DBT-Modalities-of-Participation-and-Funding.

  • Personnel: Applicants can apply for scientific personnel (as per national guidelines) for the implementation of scientific and research activities.
  • Travel: The sending side covers the total cost of travel (economy class) of the visiting personnel (except private sector in case of DBT) between places of work in India and Germany, VISA fees, airport taxes and overseas medical insurance. Funding by DLR-PT to German experts travelling to India covers the costs for international flights (economy), travelling to the German airport, and VISA only. Other travelling costs, e.g. insurances and departure taxes (if applicable) are borne by the sending institute or company.
  • Allowances*: The receiving side shall provide living expenses (except private sector in case of DBT), connected with the agreed programme of the visit.
    Short term (up to 30 days) Long term
    Indian scientists to Germany 104 Euro per day (1 to 22 days); max.
    2.300 Euro for 23 to 30 days
    2.300 Euro per month
    77 Euro for single days exceeding
    full months
    German scientists to India Rs. 2500/- per day
    Plus accommodation in Institutional
    guest house or max. Rs. 50,000/- for
    20 to 30 days
    Rs. 50,000/- per month plus
    Rs. 1750/- for single days
    exceeding full months

    In India: The Indian main applicant will be responsible for reporting to the DBT. Both for the financial and the scientific report as per DBT rules.

Expected Project Outcomes

It is expected that the funded cooperation enables the partners to develop applicable scientific results which can be published and/ or could be commercialised. All necessary approvals like ethical clearance, HMSC approval etc from Indian point of view as well as EU, if applicable, from German point of view, e.g. before conducting animal experimentation if any needs to be obtained by PIs before undertaking the project.

Time Table

Deadline for submission of completed applications – 31st October 2020
Proposed commencement of Projects – 1st March 2021 (subjects to availability of funds)