Scientific Infrastructure Access for Harnessing Academia University Research Joint Collaboration (DBT-SAHAJ Infrastructure)
The primary goal of DBT-SAHAJ Infrastructure is to create “national” service facility/ research resource/platform and to provide access to resources that could not be provided by any single researcher's laboratory or scientific department but required for data acquisition, analysis and providing the proof of concept to cater the needs of a larger community. The Department, through DBT-SAHAJ Infrastructure, provides support to establish such new or upgrade existing research resources/service facilities and platforms in Indian Institutions/Universities engaged in cutting edge research in frontier areas of Life sciences/Biotechnology.
- Service facilities are the research resources including scientific and technical support, which are established to provide comprehensive services to users for creating efficient research and innovation ecosystem.
- A platform is a group of technologies that are used as a base upon which other applications, processes or technologies are developed.
These platforms range from vast chemical libraries, ultra-high throughput screening and huge genetic databases in discovery, to predictive toxicology platforms, cutting-edge 'omics' and even deep-seated knowledge of particular therapeutic areas in development.
Technology platforms follow a three-stage process:
- First, stakeholders forge a common vision.
- Secondly, they define a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) setting out the necessary medium- to longterm objectives.
- Finally, they implement the SRA by facilitating the mobilization of necessary human, financial and technological resources.
In a Platform, all relevant stakeholders come together to address and resolve the challenges that lie ahead through a concerted and dedicated approach.
Objectives: The major objectives of DBT-SAHAJ Infrastructure are:
- Quantitative and qualitative expansion of existing or establishing of new research infrastructure
- Providing access to world class and state of the art facilities
- Technology driven capacity building
- Human resource development through training
- Improvement of institutional/university biotech infrastructure for education and quality research leading to societal impact
- Encouraging the long term operational sustainability
- Fostering academic and industry cooperation
- Fostering partnerships to maximize opportunities
- Encourage global competitiveness
- Promote translational research leading to products testing, validation and development
- Provide services for food and environmental biosafety assessment, diagnostic and detection services related to trade, medicine and agriculture and environment
To ensure access to cutting edge research resources and infrastructure to researchers throughout India, DBT has launched the SAHAJ Portal where scientific equipment / infrastructure of each DBT Autonomous Institute and DBT supported Infrastructure programmes in other Institutions / Universities are enlisted. Details regarding the instruments, user charges, contact details of resource persons, terms and conditions are also provided.
In order to facilitate students /researchers who do not have any central government funding/ fellowship or research grant, a special Infrastructure Access Grant, capped at Rs 10 lakhs per year shall be provided to the host institute to allow these students/ researchers to access the infrastructure. The Director of the Institute hosting the facility shall review such applications received, on competitive basis, and the decision reached will be conveyed in a time bound manner not exceeding 4 weeks.
Expected outcome: The main emphasis is to foster the long-term sustainability of these cutting edge and investment intensive research infrastructures through providing services to the scientific/industrial community on a practical revenue model.
- During the last 5 years, the Department has established 19 new National Facilities across the country.
- Few major facilities established under SAHAJ are High Resolution Mass Spectrometry based Proteomics Research and Training Facility at IIT Bombay, Advanced Research Platform for Crop Sciences, at NIPGR, Delhi, Access to Macromolecular Crystallography Beamlines at ESRF, France, at RCB, Faridabad, creation of a National Genomics Core facility, at NIBMG- Kalyani, CDFD- Hyderabad, University of Allahabad and Flow cytometry and imaging facility at the Institute of Life Sciences, ILS, Bhubaneswar.
- During the last 5 years, the Department has supported 15 Universities (central/state/private) – Central University of Jharkhand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Anna University, SRM University to name a few.
Contact Details of Concerned Officers:
|Program Head||Dr. Anamika Gambhir, Scientist F|
|Program Coordinator||Dr. Garima Gupta, Scientist E|
|Attached Officer||Dr. Abhishek Kumar Mehta, Scientist C|