Funding for NGOs in research, publications, monitoring – Innovative Ideas!

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1. Scope : 1.01The projects sponsored by the Department of Women & Child Development will be in the fields of welfare and development of women and children including Food and Nutrition aspects. However, priority within these broad areas will be given to research projects of an applied nature keeping in consideration plan policies and programmes, and social problems requiring urgent public intervention. The grants will cover (i) research including action research for the development of innovative programmes or for testing the feasibility and efficacy of programmes and services ; and (ii) workshops/seminars/conferences which will be helpful in formulating research proposals, disseminating research findings or in social situational analysis likely to be helpful in planning, programming and review of implementation, (iii) monitoring of programmes and (iv) training of personnel, (v) promotion of innovative activities. Grants (and expenditure) under the scheme cover the following categories : (a)Grants for research (including action research) ; (b)Grants to individual scholar for research studies ; and (c)Grants for Workshops/Seminar/Conferences (d)Grants for monitoring activities (e)Grants for training of personnel (f)Grants for promotion of innovative activities All social science disciplines will be recognized for sponsoring projects. 1.02The detailed rules will be as follows : 2. Research Grants : 2.01 (A) : Grant under this category can be made to an institution or a group of institutions for carrying out a specific research project with one or more scholars directing it. These institutions will include universities, research institutes, and voluntary organizations, professional associations in the field of women and child development and similar organizations/agencies which have the capacity to do research. Institutions set up and fully funded by Central Government/State Governments/Public Sector Undertakings will also be eligible. The voluntary organization should have 3 (three) years experience after registration. It may also be given to an institution for a project which is of the nature of collective effort of a group of scholars writing papers on different aspects of a problem under a broad framework by the editors. Assistance can also be given for a group of projects to be undertaken sequentially by an institution(s). But in this case, the financial sanction of the Department of Women and Child Development (mentioned as Department hereafter) will be given only to one project at a time. Research projects on a specific topic carried out simultaneously by several institutions following a common framework can also be entertained for purpose of financial support. Professional and Consulting agencies/Organisations engaged in research activities will be extended assistance for conducting qualitative research studies. The selection procedure for organizations undertaking qualitative work will however not be governed by general norms, but would be based on technical proposals on competitive basis.

2 | P a g eThe Department can also undertake research activities itself. 2.01 (B)Eligibility : Non University organizations registered under any statute in India e.g. Societies Act, Trust Act, Co-operatives Act, Companies Act etc. normally with three years experience after registration would be eligible for assistance, besides all UGC approved academic institutions engaged in research activities and scholars, under individual research category. 2.02Limits to the number of projects to be sanctioned :The decision as to the exact number of research projects to be sanctioned to any organization will depend upon the strength and quality of staff, facilities available, past performance in research and the research projects already in hand.2.03 Research project : The project should be in the name of the Project Director, who should submit it through the head of the institution where he is working. The head of the institution shall inform (i) whether a similar proposal was submitted to another organization for financial assistance and, if so, the name of the organization and its observations and (ii) particulars of the research projects on which the person whose name has been given as Project Director of the proposed project is currently engaged or is likely to be engaged in the near future. 2.04 Projects are granted to individuals who will have the responsibility for completing them subject to the condition that the scholar should submit a bond in favour of President of India. 2.05 Proposals for research grants will be self-contained and prepared in accordance with the guidelines given later. 2.06 The Project Director will submit five copies of the project, complete in all respects. 2.06.1 The Project Director will enclose : (i)His bio-data in the prescribed proforma, and (ii)A detailed note on the work done so far on the subject and the precise contribution which the research project is expected to make to the existing body of knowledge. 2.07 Items covered under the grants : The following items are covered under the grants : (i)Salaries and allowances of the project staff (research and action component), other than the Director who will be honorary. (N.B. : The salary of peons will not be sanctioned as a part of expenditure on a research project. Any expenditure on this account may however, be met out of the overhead charges mentioned under item (viii) below). (ii)Travel undertaken in relation to the project (iii)Consultancy charges (iv)Printing (v)Equipment and books (vi)Computer and machine tabulation costs (vii)Contingency (viii)Overhead charges. 2.08.1 Components viz. meetings/camps, training, delivery of services on a limited scale will additionally be covered for action research projects.

3 | P a g e(Note : Payment with retrospective effect for work already done before the submission of the research proposal will not be permissible). 2.08.2 Pre-conceptualisation activities like preparation of specialized papers etc. proper designing of projects for improving/implementation of any scheme, with the assistance of external experts will be extended. Expenses for discussions needed with experts for formulating common designs of multicentric studies and for developing schedules during the pre project stage for use in such studies. 2.08.3 The scheme provide for pre-sanction discussions, pre-sanction evaluation of the capacity of the applicant institution which will be done by reputed Organisations to verify the capabilities and claims of the applicants under various schemes of the Department. Periodic on site monitoring of the implementation of the projects sponsored and schemes implemented by the Department would also be funded through competent individuals and institutions. 2.08.4 The following explanations are given in respect of the above items to serve as guidelines in the preparation of financial estimates of the research projects. Items (i) Salaries and allowances of the project staff : (a) The Project Director shall not be entitled to any salary, or allowances (other than TA/DA) from the project funds. Project Director will be honorary, however, in exceptional cases, honorarium may be considered subject to the extent of 10-15% of the total salary component of an approved study project. (b) The remuneration, mode of recruitment and conditions of service of the staff employed in the project, shall be the same as those of the Institution to which the research project is sanctioned. In exceptional cases, remuneration as per slabs or renowned national bodies may be allowed. (c) The staff appointed for the research project should be professionally qualified and confirm to the standards laid down by the Institution for similar positions and such model qualification as the Department may law down. (d) The Institution will inform the Department as soon as possible, of all appointments made for the project, the expenditure on which is to be met from the grant of the Department. (e) All persons appointed to work on the project, and paid from the project funds, will be the employees of the Institution concerned. (f) All employees appointed under the project will be full time and used exclusively for the project work. If any part-time employees are intended, this should be done in consultation with the Department. (g)Items (ii) Travel : As per project requirement and justification and GOI norms.