डीबीटी-वेलकम ट्रस्‍ट अध्‍येतावृत्ति

The Biomedical Research Career Programme is operationalized through India Alliance, a special purpose vehicle (SPV). The Programme is an equally funded partnership between The Wellcome Trust (UK) and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. It aims to improve the biomedical research landscape in India through mechanisms that support exceptional researchers at Indian institutions, and facilitate the recruitment of highly trained and qualified scientists from overseas. This is done through :

  1. A Fellowship Programme with three types of fellowships (early, intermediate and senior),
  2. A culture of transparency, international quality and timeliness to grants management, and
  3. Effective engagement to develop the next generation of research (and policy) leadership.

l During 2018, 45 Fellowships were awarded to scientists at 33 different institutions in 21 Indian cities. Fellows also received prestigious national and international awards and recognitions during 2018.These include Infosys Prize for Life Sciences; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award; EMBO Young Investigator Award; Swarnajayanti Fellowship; NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award; Fellow of the Royal Society of Physicians (London); Emerging Leader Award 2018 from Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and many others. Fellows published 116 publications in highranking
international journals that attributed to India Alliance funding on Europe Pubmed Central in 2018. l In 2018, India Alliance organized three one- and two-day Science Communication workshops that trained more than 300 Masters and PhD students and Postdocs from around the country. It also organized two EMBO Research Leadership courses that trained 32 Assistant and Associate professors in critical leadership and management skills. India Alliance organized two Developing Indian Physician Scientists (DIPS) workshops which were attended by more than 60 MD and MBBS students to the excitement of research and to research
methodology. Through its India EMBO Symposia funding scheme, seven meetings have been funded in India with the aim to address discovery and innovation in life sciences through an interdisciplinary approach. India Alliance also supported various Public Engagement projects:

  • Actors and Doctors: Staging Public Health matters used theatre arts to initiate a twoway learning process between social and scientific enquiry and to make health research more accessible to the public.
  • Life of Science: chronicling the lives of women scientists in India to highlighted the work & challenges faced by women scientists and showcased them as role models for young girls
  • Arting Health for Impact: A three-nation programme, explored the use of street art forms to spread awareness about health (Fig.1.8)
  • Superheroes against Superbug: This program partnered with schoolchildren to sensitize the public about rising antibiotic resistance in India (Fig. 1.9).

In 2018, 12 researchers attained faculty placements in various academic and research institutions. They were awarded fellowships in earlier years under this programme.