It aims to promote an innovative culture for trans-disciplinary research especially in Universities and Colleges. The main objectives of STRIDE are to identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity, promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research relevant to national development, and fund high-impact multi-institutional network projects in the identified thrust areas in humanities and human sciences and the Indian knowledge system. STRIDE through its three components supports the initiatives and research projects that are socially relevant, local need-based, nationally important, and globally significant to accomplish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and wellbeing of society.

Stride: Eligibility

  • Any university which is informative and/or consolidation stage and any college can submit its project proposal for funding to develop and strengthen research capacity building of teachers and research scholars of all disciplines. 
  • It may also tie-up with the neighboring institutions for its up-gradation and inclusion. The university/college must be qualified under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, 1956. 
  • The private institutions will not be entitled to funding however they can apply for recognition as a UGC-STRIDE Centre for Research Capacity Building on a Self-finance mode.

Scheme for Research Capacity Building and Human Resource Development:

  • In order to support young faculty and motivated scholars from universities and colleges to enhance their basic research capacity and further persuade them to undertake transdisciplinary research. 
  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) introduces a new scheme for research capacity building in Universities and Colleges (for all disciplines) under the umbrella of STRIDE. 
  • It is would create an impact on promoting quality trans-disciplinary research that is socially relevant, locally need-based, and nationally important with global significance.

Objectives and salient features:

The main objective of the scheme is to develop a research culture and interest among young faculty, scholars, and students to pursue careers and undertake high-quality research in trans-disciplinary areas that augment and expand their research capacity. The scheme is meant for the development of researchers and teams via training through competitive selection, to design research, follow research ethics, write research grant proposals, actively execute the research, publish and patent research findings. 

The scheme is to strengthen national and international collaborative trans-disciplinary research culture in universities and colleges by adopting the following: 

  • To motivate young faculty to undertake short-term projects analyzing local, regional, national problems pertaining to social, cultural, and economic aspects of development. 
  • To encourage critical reasoning, design thinking, and constructive enquiry to articulate research questions, objectives, hypothesis and methodology. 
  • To acquire scientific writing skills, communication and articulation to disseminate research -findings, and also in developing select bibliographies, constructing indices, databases, etc. 
  • To sensitize the stakeholders about the issues of societal, national, regional and global importance across disciplines through exchange of ideas by creating forums like discussion groups, periodic meetings, workshops, special lectures by experts, etc. 
  • To promote entrepreneurship among young faculty, scholars and students through systematic talent hunt, mentorship programs, ideas, innovation, research presentation competitions, annual research seminars and start-up guidance. 
  • To promote and strengthen faculty development and postdoctoral research fellowship programs in all disciplines and also promote academic and research ethics and integrity. 
  • To promote exchange between HEI faculty and scientists from national bodies/ laboratories like CSIR, DST, DBT, ICMR, ICAR, DRDO, ISRO, ICSSR, ICHR, ICCR etc., for a period of 6-12 months split-site model. it can be mutually beneficial for enhancing quality and relevance of the trans-disciplinary research. 
  • To involve retired, yet active faculty/scientists in research capacity building efforts. Eminent faculty (Fellows of National Academies/National Awardees etc) from parent or neighbouring institutions may be invited as emeritus professors to mentor younger faculty in the respective Universities/Institutions.

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