HRD Ministry launches web portals to strengthen research ecosystem

To strengthen the research ecosystem in the country, Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar launched the web portal of two schemes.

IMPRESS Scheme:

The objective of Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.

It will provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country which includes all universities (central and state) and also a few private institutions meeting the requirement.

The scheme will focus on broad thematic areas such as state and democracy, urban transformation; media, culture, and society; employment, skills and rural transformation; governance; innovation and public policy; macro-trade and economic policy and social media and technology.

Under IMPRESS, 1,500 research projects will be awarded for two years to support social science research in higher educational institutions.

The Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.

The scheme will be implemented until March 2021.

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