Ministry of Science and Technology invites Research Proposals on “Bioengineering

Ministry of Science and Technology invites Research Proposals on “Bioengineering”
Government of India,
Department of Biotechnology,
Block – 2,6-8th Floor,
C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road,
New Delhi -110003.

Subject: Call for Research Proposals on “Bioengineering”

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invites research and development proposals on “Bioengineering” from scientists, groups / individuals.
The purpose of support is to create collaborative network of basic researchers, clinicians and industry as bioengineering is one of the important disciplines in biomedical research.

Some of the indentified areas of interest are:

Biomaterials for Therapeutics

  • New materials for cartilage, blood vessels, nerves, valves, occlusion devices, implantable devices; hollow-fibers for dialysis and oxygenation etc.
  • Development of matrices – degradable & non-degradable polymers of synthetic or biological origins:; ceramics and their composites for applications in delivery of drugs, genes, vaccines, growth factors etc.
  • Development of membranes for selective filtration and adsorption of peptides, antibodies, hemodialysis etc.
  • Development of materials that are capable of releasing macromolecules such as proteins and peptides, intelligent delivery systems.
  • New degradable materials for delivering molecules through the skin and lungs.
  • Development of bio-membranes for wound dressing.

Biomedical Instrumentation

  • Development of cellular / molecular imaging technology.
  • Fabrication of medical devices and bio-instrumentation such as opto-electromechanics, micro-robotics for surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Advanced data acquisition systems to record signals from arrays of biomedical sensors.

Tissue Engineering and Stem Cells

  • Development of matrices and scaffolds for three dimensional culture configurations to promote 3D tissue organization.
  • Development of rapid prototypings other engineering techniques.
  • Tissue engineered organs / organ support systems treatment / replacement of cornea, skin, cartilage, bone, urinary bladder, nerve regeneration etc.
  • Hybrid artificial organs.
  • Cellular interactions with scaffolds
  • Growth factor and cell delivery.
  • Protection of cells against inflammation and immune attack.
  • Use of engineered tissues for drug testing.

Biosensors

  • Development of biosensors using molecular imprinting and other techniques for measurement of clinically relevant compounds.
  • Ultrasensitive biosensors for diagnosis of diseases and detection of biological agents.
  • Development of miniature electrode arrays and other microsensors that record unique signals from many neurons simultaneously.
  • Integrated circuit biomedical electrodes for detecting bioelectrical and biochemicals potentials.
  • Development of disposable biosensors at low cost for rapid diagnosis of diseases.
  • Development of MEMS biosensor using multi-parameter approach.

The groups, within or across the institutes having strength in basic research, technology and medicine may submit the proposals. Networked proposals involving public and private institutions shall also be entertained.

Format for Applications are available at DBT website: http://www.dbtindia.nic.in Twenty Five hard copies of the proposal (s) along with soft copy in the DBT format should reach

Dr. Arvind Duggal,
Adviser, Department of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Science and Technology,
Block-2, C.G.O. Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi by August 15, 2008.
Any additional enquiry may be addressed at
Telephone: 24361215,
E-mail: duggal@dbt.nic.in.