India-UK Collaborative Research Initiative in Fuel Cells

Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, in collaboration with the Research Councils UK, jointly invite proposals for research projects focusing on Fuel Cells.


UK eligibility

Applicants who are academic employees of UK universities and resident in the UK are normally eligible to submit research proposals may apply. Current holders of EPSRC Fellowships (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowships) and Royal Society Fellows may also apply. Fixed-term employees of UK universities are eligible to submit proposals under certain conditions, as are employees of the Research Councils’ Institutes. Applicants must be the principal investigator or co-investigator on a current research council award (at the closing date 25 November 2010). Applicants who are unsure about the suitability of their research project are strongly advised to contact Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) before submission. In addition to the special requirements set out here, the standard EPSRC eligibility rules and grant conditions apply. Information is available in the EPSRC Funding Guide.

Indian eligibility

Normal DST eligibility requirements will apply.


10 hard copies of the complete JeS form including all attachments must be submitted to DST by the deadline.

Types of Proposals Sought
RCUK and DST expect to support projects from this call which address the ‘Challenges’ set out below. In addition to the usual academic requirements for a research project a successful application must: · be a joint activity involving research groups from both the UK and India, · involve personnel exchange between the Indian and the UK partners
The Research Councils have committed to a contribution of up to £3M for this call over a three year period with matched resources from DST.
Scientific focus for the call
Within an overarching focus on research relating to fuel cells, the following ‘Challenges’ were agreed at the workshop to be of mutual interest to both the UK and India and where both countries shared complementary strengths:

Fundamentals of fuel cell operation
Key areas were identified as Kinetics and mechanism of oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions, Kinetics and mechanism of fuel oxidation and hydrogen evolution reactions, Corrosion of catalysts, supports, and bi-polar plates, Development of in-situ tools and modelling, Electrode/ electrolyte interface, Development of new catalysts/ supports/ electrolytes/bi-polar plates, Characterising the voltage losses: mass transport, kinetic and ohmic.
Durability and Degradation
Key areas were identified as Ageing tests (PEM: accelerated aging, real time evaluation, mechanical cycling (electrolyte creep), SOFC: thermal cycling,redox cycling,oad cycling), Mechanism identification – Understanding degradation (PEM: cold start, start up, shutdown, effect on catalysts and supports, Bipolar plates; SOFC: sealants, catalysts, anode poisoning), Diagnostic tools (PEM: non destructive, non intrusive, cellperformance post mortem; SOFC: gas analysis, thermal analysis, post mortem analysis, cell performance), Lifetime and reliability modelling (Durability of BoP; Test protocols;Develop accelerated life testing; Test on realistic conditions (load profile, environment, start stops, effect of dynamic conditions).
System Integration
Key areas were identified as Air, thermal and water management – mass and energy balance, Buffer in between reformer and FC stack, SOFC start up arrangement, Ease of maintenance/ replacement and Improving system efficiency (Improved efficiency and flexibility of the electrical power converters; CHP in SOFC and PEMFC; Improved thermal efficiency by coupling heat to reformer (SOFC) or hydride store (PEMFC); H2 recycling strategies to improve reactant efficiency).
Fuel Flexibility
Key areas were identified as Fuel clean-up and mitigation of poisons (Gas purification e.g. removal of S from natural gas; Reduction of poison content in anode gas), Poison resistance (SOFC: S-tolerant/ internal reforming anodes; PEMFC: CO (and other poisons) tolerance; Hydrogen store: poisoning of solid state substrates) and Fuel storage (Fuel storage for mixed fuel applications; New storage materials).
This call invites proposals that address some or more of the challenges listed above –

with an emphasis on cost reduction and working with industry as appropriate.

Last date for submission of forms: 25-11-2010

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Indo-Russian Joint Research 2011

Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) invite Indian and Russian scientists / researchers to submit proposals for Joint Research Project and Bilateral Workshop in the following areas of basic sciences under DST-RFBR cooperation:

– Mathematics, Mechanics and Informatics;

– Physics and Astronomy;

– Chemistry;

– Biology and Medical Sciences;

– Earth Sciences;

– Telecommunications and Computer Sciences;

– Fundamental of Engineering Sciences.

Kind of support available for Joint Project:

Each project will receive annual funding of up to Rs. 8,00,000 from DST and up to Rbls 5,00,000 from RFBR. This funding will cover the following expenses in connection with a project;

Consumables and other research: DST would support expenditure

on Indian side of the project whereas RFBR would meet the expenditure of Russian


Support for Exchange visit component: The sending side would provide return international airfare up to the city of place of work in the host country and cover

insurance for emergency illness and accident. The receiving side would arrange incountry

travel from the capital city/city of arrival to the place of the visiting institute by

appropriate means and provide accommodation and Per diem in lieu of boarding to the

visiting scientists.

Institutional Overhead: Institutional Overhead can be considered @ 10 % Research

expenses and 5 % on exchange visit component.

Kind of support available for Bilateral Workshop:

Funding will cover the following expenses in connection with organization of Bilateral


International return economy airfare for Indian scientists traveling to Russia to

participate in Bilateral Workshop (International travel and associated costs for Russian

scientists traveling to India will be met by the RFBR)

Local costs including accommodation and Per diem in lieu of boarding for Russian

scientists traveling to India to participate in Bilateral Workshop (local costs including

accommodation and Per diem in lieu of boarding for Indian scientists traveling to Russia

to participate in Bilateral Workshop will be met by the RFBR).

Domestic travel and accommodation for Indian participants of Bilateral Workshop held

in India.

Organisational expenses (as per recommendation of assessment committee)

Institutional Overhead can be considered @ 5 %.

Joint selection of successful applications by DST and RFBR will be discussed by the respective nodal agencies and informed by the rankings.

Indian applicants for funding should submit completed application form and all relevant, clearly labelled attachments in a single email to the email address: to reach by 5 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Scholarships in Technical Education Department Himachal Pradesh

Department of Technical Education invites applications from the Bonafide Himachal Pradesh students who are doing various courses (PG, UG, Diploma) in Engineering Technology, Architecture or any equivalent courses in various college / universities in HP or outside the state for award of fresh scholarships.

The Principal concerned Institution should duly recommend application forms separately prescribed for fresh and renewal cases. The scholarship will be awarded strictly as per merit subjects to the availability of seats and budget provision.

175 Technical Scholarships for the bonafide Himachali students undergoing degree program in Engineering Colleges.

SC/ST students @ Rs.500/-PM

General Candidates @ RS. 300/-PM

75 Technical Scholarships for bonafide Himachali Students undergoing diploma program in various Polytechnic Colleges

Rs.200/-PM for all categories.

Technical Scholarship for SC/ST and OBC Candidates undergoing Craftsman Training in ITI’s

Rs.250/-PM for all categories.

Soldier Welfare Board Scholarship for the ward of ex-serviceman

Rs. 100/- P.M.


Rs. 100/- P.M.

Application form can be got from the university website.

Application should be sent to the Director, Technical Education, Himachal Pradesh, Sundernagar – 174401 Distt. Mandi complete in all respects on or before 31-12-2010.

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Sainik School Tvm Scholarships 2011

Schemes of Scholarships are provided for deserving students at Sainik School, Thiruvananthapuram, whose parents are in low income groups, as follows:


All Kerala boys who are admitted in the Sainik School are eligible for the grant of scholarship by the State Government depending upon the parent’s income. Full merit scholarship can be awarded to boys who score first 3 ranks in the All India Entrance Examination irrespective of the parent’s income in VI & IX std.

The salient features of the scheme are given below

Income per mensem: Upto Rs.10, 000/-

Rate of Scholarship: Full Scholarship plus clothing allowance

Amount of Scholarship and Clothing Allowance: Rs.17,500 per annum plus Rs.1000 for clothing allowance in the first year and Rs.500 in subsequent years.

Income per mensem : Rs.10001/- to Rs.12500/-

Rate of Scholarship: 3/4 Scholarship plus clothing allowance

Amount of Scholarship and Clothing Allowance: Rs.13,125 per annum plus Rs.1000 for clothing allowance in the first year and Rs.500 in the subsequent years.

Income per mensem : Rs.12501/- to Rs.15,000/-

Rate of Scholarship : 1/2 scholarship

Amount of Scholarship and Clothing Allowance : Rs. 8750 per annum(No. clothing allowance)


i. The scholarship will be tenable in all Sainik Schools in India or as per Govt. policy.

ii. The scholarship would be awarded to all eligible Kerala domiciled boys who qualify in the entrance examination and who are admitted to the Schools depending upon the parent’s income.

iii. Scholarship documents including income certificates/salary certificates will be submitted at the time of admission for the grant of scholarship.

iv. If after the award of scholarship the cadet is found medically unfit in any way which according to the appropriate medical authority, renders him unfit for his entry in to the NDA the scholarship awarded shall be discontinued from the date the cadet is declared unfit.

v. All Kerala Government scholarship holders have to execute a bond with the State Government on stamp paper as per the specimen issued by the school.

vi. Merit Scholarships for Rank holders in the Entrance examination will be awarded as per the direction of the Govt. of Kerala and the order in force.


A number of scholarships as declared from time to time are awarded by the Ministry of Defence to the sons of serving Defence personnel and Ex-servicemen who are admitted to the school.

In the case of serving personnel and ex-servicemen of Defence Services, the amount of Ministry of Defence Scholarship would be determined on the basis of their rank and not the emoluments or the annual income of the personnel. Scholarship to children of Service personnel will be admissible as under:-

(a) Children of NCOs & ORs Full Scholarship                         32,000/-

(b) Children of JCO’s and their Equivalent in the other services Half Scholarship 16,000/-

(c) Children of officers and their Equivalents in the other Services No Scholarship

Note: All serving Defence Personnel have to submit service certificate every year for getting scholarship from Ministry of Defence. All ex-servicemen have to submit the following certificates every year for getting scholarship from Ministry of Defence.

(a) Pension certificate from Bank.

(b) Ex-service certificate from Dist Sainik Welfare Board.

(c) Copy of discharge certificate. If the same is not available the discharge certificate No. should be mentioned in the Ex-servicemen certificate issued from Dist Sainik Welfare Board.

(d) If the ex-servicemen is not eligible for pension, then attested copy of discharge certificate/ ex-servicemen identification card showing that he is not eligible for pension.


These scholarships are awarded to students from the Union Territories who are selected on merit-cum-means . The Government of India has instituted 150 scholarships every year for the benefit of boys coming from the Union Territories for education in Sainik Schools. The scholarships under this scheme will be awarded on merit-cum-means basis by the Ministry of Home affairs in respect of boys coming from the Union Territories. The scale of scholarships is as under:

Income  Up to Rs.775/-pm

Full Scholarship Plus clothing allowance

Amount of Scholarship  Rs.7500/- per annum plus clothing Rs.600/- allowance in the first year and and Rs.300/-  in subsequent years

Income Rs.776/- to Rs.1660/-

Half Scholarship

Amount of Scholarship Rs.3750/- per annum.


For retaining scholarship, 33 grade points in total for class VI to VIII and 28 grade points in total for class IX and X is required every year. (30 grade points in aggregate to class VI toVIII and 25 grade points in aggregate for class IX and X for SC/ST). For class XI, 55% in aggregate and 45% in each subject. (50% in aggregate and not less than 40% in each subject for SC/ST).

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