Research Projects

Affordable medical devices and equipments- Priority medical technology needs in India (Grant-in-aid Project)

The above titled project has been sanctioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the National Science and Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS) scheme. The Project has been collaboratively undertaken by CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources and Amity University, Noida.

Objectives of the project are:
  • To carry out analysis of international and domestic patents on medical devices to know upstream level technologies on medical devices to understand research gaps.
  • To survey the medical device stakeholders ( Research and Development Consortium, Medical Practitioners, Vendors, Manufacturers and International and National Organizations.) so as to identify possible barriers to medical device innovation and implementation to understand the translational gaps.
  • Regulatory and Policy level analysis for suggesting proactive measures in order to contribute to 'Make in India' initiative with the aim to overcome policy gaps.

To understand the research gaps the patent analysis is being carried out using the Derwent Innovation Index. A questionnaire based survey of all the stakeholders is being carried out to understand the translational gaps while the objective of policy gaps will be fulfilled by studying regulatory and policy level analysis break through with relevant laws in India and comparing with other EU and US laws, best practices and case studies and business models.


CSIR-NISCAIR has successfully completed the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) Network project under Information Sciences Cluster titled "CSIR Knowledge Gateway and open source private cloud infrastructure (KNOWGATE)". The objective of the project was to provide low-cost solutions using open source software technologies to communities engaged in information dissemination. The project is aligned to the Government of India’s Digital India Initiative.

Following are some of the achievements of the KNOWGATE project:

Web Portal for CSIR Knowledge Gateway: A Web portal ( including federated searching for knowledge resources, interfaces for cloud computing and multi-dimensional analysis has been created. The portal has 54,49,166 page views since July 2014 till March 31, 2018.


Journals and databases are essential resources required for furthering research and development. Globally, there has a shift from individual library subscription of journals to the consortia approach of licensing electronic resources. Subscribing to electronic journals in an isolated manner is not cost-effective, and it limits access to resources. Institutional consortia such as the NKRC project facilitate complete access to substantial information resources at a relatively lower cost.

Through the CSIR-wide Consortium Accessto Online Information Resources (NKRC), CSIR-NISCAIR facilitates comprehensive access to world-class R&D journals and databases thus enabling CSIR scientists and researchers to engage in competitive high science.

E-access to the following resources was available during 2017-2018:
  • ASTM Standards
  • Emerald
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • IEEE
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Taylor & Francis (T&F)
  • Wiley
  • Springer Nature-Springer journals
  • Springer-NPG journals
  • Web of Science
  • Dervent Innovation
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institute of Physics (IOP
  • Orbit-Qpat
  • Scopus
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)

Unraveling the role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria-responsive microRNA(s) in Arabidopsis

Project summary

Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are known to colonize root rhizosphere and impart phytobeneficial effects to plants under normal and stress conditions. However, the molecular basis of plant-PGPR interaction is yet not fully understood. Recently microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as key players in post transcriptional gene regulation and are envisaged to play important roles in development and stress tolerance. A Pseudomonas putida strain MTCC5279 (RA) has been isolated from the desert regions of Rajasthan and characterized for various plant growth promotional attributes and drought stress tolerance at CSIR-NBRI. Lucknow. Considering its excellent phytobeneficial and abiotic stress tolerance properties, it has been proposed as a good bioinoculant for agricultural crops. Therefore, the knowledge of gene expression and a better understanding of the role of miRNAs in model plant Arabidopsis thaliana will not only help in understanding PGPR mediated plant growth promoting attributes but also stress regulatory mechanisms that will further help in designing better strategies for crop improvement pertaining to enhanced yield and stress tolerance.

  • Project Title: Unraveling the role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria-responsive microRNA(s) in Arabidopsis
  • Duration: 36 months