Biotechnology Career Advancement & Re-orientation Programme (BioCARe)

Biotechnology Career Advancement and Re- orientation Programme (BioCARe): A Mission Programme of the Department for empowering Women Scientists of India

 With its vision to promote women in science and in an attempt to enhance the participation of Women Scientists in Biotechnology Research, the Department of Biotechnology launched a Biotechnology Career Advancement and Re-orientation Programme (BioCARe) for women scientists and first call for applications was announced in the year 2011.

Objective: The programme is mainly for Career Development of employed/ unemployed women Scientists upto 45 years of age for whom it is the first extramural research grant.

Focus areas for support: Medical Biotechnology, Plant & Agriculture Biotechnology, Compounds of Industrial & Medicinal Utility, Animal & Marine Biotechnology, Bio-engineering & Biomaterials, Bioinformatics/ Computational biology and Environmental Biotechnology & Bioenergy.

Who can apply: Women Scientists who are employed or unemployed or are desirous of coming back after a break can get back to the main stream by getting their first grant as the Principal Investigator. Women Scientists who have already availed any grant as a Principal Investigator from any Government Funding Agency are not eligible to apply. Max age limit to apply for the grant is 45 years.


The support is provided under two categories- RGO & ECS

I. Research Grant Opportunity (RGO): A research grant is provided under this category for the candidates having post PhD experience of more than 2 years.

II. Early Career Scientists (ECS) category:  Scientists having experience less than two years post PhD are eligible to apply for this research grant.

Success Stories

  • 361 women scientists have been supported so far under the programme.
  • About 250 research articles have been published so far by BioCARe women scientists.

Contact Details of Concerned Officers:

Programme Head Dr. Anamika Gambhir, Scientist F
Email anamika[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone 011-24363665
Programme Officer Dr. Garima Gupta, Scientist E
Email garima[dot]g[at]nic[dot]in
Phone 011-24369385
Attached Officer Dr. Abhishek Kumar Mehta, Scientist C
Email ak[dot]mehta[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone 011-24360718