OSDD Funding Policies
The core funding of OSDD is from the Government of India. For the period of September 2008 to March 2012 Government of India has earmarked Rs 45.96 crores (about $12 million) for the project.
OSDD uses this funds for the funding appropriate scientific projects that helps OSDD in drug discovery for TB and Malaria, setting up infrastructure, and supporting ongoing activities of the project.
Up to 2012 OSDD was a project under National Laboratories Scheme of CSIR. For the 12th five-year plan during 2013-2017, the planning commission has approved the continuation of OSDD as a part of Scheme for Open Innovation of CSIR.
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has awarded a Grant to enable Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for operating TATA CSIR-OSDD Fellowship (TCOF) to support students and young researchers who will participate in the process of “crowd sourcing” as a method of research on open source discovery of drugs for neglected diseases like Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. The Grant amounts to Rs.285.75 lakhs for a period of 3 years.
Mode of Release of Funds
There are two kinds of projects that OSDD funds
a) Scientific projects carried out by Principal Investigators' (PI) in institutions across the country.
b) Projects, which are required to be commissioned by the project headquarters with central monitoring and coordination by the OSDD Unit.
The projects of OSDD are executed and funded through a transparent and open process. Investigators who require funds for scientific projects which add value to TB/Malaria drug discovery and development are required to upload their project proposals on SysBorg 2.0 portal in the prescribed format. Projects are funded through open peer review that takes place on the portal.Projects need to be posted online for at least 15 days to facilitate open peer review.Researchers who post the project has the freedom to rebut any comment ,add or modify the projects. After the open peer review, committee of peers will look at the appropriateness of the budget proposed. Once the Open Peer Review committee recommends the budget, the project director releases the funds after acquiring internal approval.
The procedures adopted by CSIR in awarding of work to industry, is followed in partnership funding. These are open, transparent and merit based evaluation mechanisms.
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