Har Gobind Khorana-Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award

Har Govind Khorana-Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA)


The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), renamed as Har Gobind Khorana- Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, was instituted by the Department of Biotechnology in 2005. This is a career-oriented award to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas who are desirous of pursuing research in the frontier areas of Biotechnology.

Nature of Award

Upto 15 awards are given per year. The award carries a fellowship of Rs.1.00 Lakh/annum for candidates who have a permanent faculty position and Rs.75000/- per month for those candidates who is working on a soft position along with a project grant (Equipment-Upto Rs.10.00 Lakh, Manpower-One, Consumables-Rs.10.00 Lakh/year, travel, contingency, Overhead-As per DBT norms) to pursue their innovative ideas at the beginning of their career. Such candidates who are not in regular employment must be attached to a senior faculty (Mentor) in a University/ Research Institute/ Medical/Agriculture/ Veterinary College or any other research institute of repute.


  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen with an excellent academic credentials and track record, high impact peer reviewed publications or should have developed technologies, Indian and/or International patents, with research work proposed under the award must be of very high scientific quality with innovativeness.
  • The applicant must have a PhD in any branch of Life Sciences, Computational Sciences (applied to Biotechnology, Medicine or Biological Sciences), Veterinary Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. Master degree holders in Medicine or Dentistry (MD/MS/MDS or IMC designated equivalent) and Engineering/Technology (M.Tech or AICTE designated equivalent) are also eligible to apply.
  • The research work can be carried out at any recognized research institution/university in India having adequate facilities.
  • Age limit is below 35 years of age on the last date of submission of application. Age relaxation of 5 years is made for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC, Women and differently abled candidates.


So far department has supported 165 scientists under the program in which 52 young scientists have been supported during the last 5 years. They have done excellent work as evident by their publications.

Concerned Officer for more information

Programme Head Dr. Sundeep Sarin, Scientist G
Email sundeep[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone No. 011-24361035
Programme Coordinator Dr. Manoj Singh Rohilla, Scientist E
E-mail manojsrohilla[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in
Phone 011-24363726
Attached Officer Dr. Deo Prakash Chaturvedi, Scientist C
Email deo[dot]prakash[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
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