Crop Biotech Update

India’s DBT to Enhance Genome Editing Capacity of Scientists Through Research Grants

February 15, 2023

The Indian government through the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) will provide support for innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research approaches for agricultural improvements by Indian scientists. This is an attempt to maximize the potential of cutting-edge tools of modern biotechnology, including genome editing, to foster research and innovation focusing on translational research.

DBT recognizes that achieving sustainable agricultural solutions through modern biotechnology is a vital means to uphold the welfare of Indian society, especially the poor. The initiative is part of India's efforts to strengthen research, innovation, and translation in the agricultural sector and contribute to the government's National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Particularly, it will:

  • build the local researchers' capacity for the development and use of innovative tools of genome editing;
  • characterize and document candidate crop trait genes of economic and agronomic importance
  • establish genome editing protocols in recalcitrant crops as well as those that can be used for foreign DNA-free vegetative crops, and;
  • effectively engage stakeholders when disseminating important information about the technology and its products.

The submission period for the letters of intent is from February 21 to 27, 2023. Those that will be selected will be required to submit a full proposal in May 2023. Leads available after the successful completion of a project will be evaluated with the opportunity to be pursued further.

For more information about the call for propels, visit the Department of Biotechnology website.

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