Schemes under Department of Health Research
Various schemes proposed to be initiated / being initiated to enable the new Department to fulfil its mandate, including the proposed outlays/objectives are described below. This is only an indicative list drawn up for obtaining the in principle approval of the Planning Commission. A detailed version of each scheme will be submitted by the Department :
A. promotion, co-ordination and development of basic, applied and clinical research
Under this scheme, the activities of the new Department will be geared towards promotion and co-ordination of basic, applied and clinical research including clinical trials and operational research in areas related to medical, health, biomedical and medical profession, and education through development of infrastructure, manpower and skills in cutting edge areas and management of related information thereto. This will be accomplished by supporting infrastructure development and Extramural programmes such as
- Support to medical colleges*
- Support to Stem cell units
- Molecular medicine Departments
- Network of Virus Research Centres*
- Model Rural Health Centres/ Units*.
- Specialized/ Advanced centres/ COE
- Knowledge management*
- Health research activities with special linkages with Central and state public health service*
- Bioinformatics promotion.
B. Promotion and guidance on research governance issues.
This overarching scheme will cover activities such as -
- the establishment of a research policy and implementation coordination mechanism, involving the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, NACO and the Department of Health Research, to discuss issues with overlapping interests on a monthly basis*
- Formation of a National Health Research Management Forum
- Enactment of Ethics Bill*;
- Ethical norms for experiments on animals;
- Mapping health research institutions;
- Accreditation of HR institutions;
- Knowledge management policy;
- National Health Research policy*;
- Any bills related to alternate systems of medicine not covered by AYUSH
C. inter-sectoral co-ordination in medical, biomedical and health research.
Under this scheme the Department will cover areas such as
- Health Technology management;
- Health Technology, Academia-Industry link;
- Start-up support
- Innovation Promotion Fund;
- Clearing house for health research technologies and facilitator of commercial applications;
- Consultancy encouragement programmes within/outside India ;
- Establishment of a National award for R&D in Translational research in the fields of drugs, diagnostics, vaccine and devices.
D. Advanced training in research in medicine and health .
Under this scheme the Department will initiate steps to develop
- A National Health Research System (NHRS) under which diverse research agencies, cutting across ministries and sectors will jointly identify priority areas of research and coordinate with each other to avoid duplication, fragmentation, redundancy and gaps in knowledge.
- Assist in the creation of a cadre of skilful researchers in fields such as clinical trials; Toxicology; GCP; GLP; QC&OA; Genomics; Geriatrics; Modern Biology; Biotechnology; Stem cells; Genetics; Drugs chemistry by –
- Providing access to work in state-of-the-art facilities within and outside India ;
- Providing fellowships for training in the above fields within India and abroad;
- Targeted research investments focused on emerging opportunities and challenges.
- Supporting multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams of researchers as well as teams of researchers working in medical colleges, universities research institutes and NGOs.
- Creating a national initiative in partnership with relevant stakeholders to attract and retain the young to a career in health research.
E. International cooperation in medical and health research.
The funds under this scheme will be utilised to facilitate international co-operation in medical and health research, including work related to international conferences in related areas within India and abroad and towards
- Contributions to international organisations (i) TDR (ii) GFHR
- Participation in conferences abroad (Non-ICMR);
- Organising international conferences in India ;
- DHR delegations to international bodies, WHO etc.;
- Supporting Indian component of research studies under bilateral programmes (non-ICMR);
- Hosting foreign delegations.
F. matters relating to epidemics, natural calamities and development of tools to prevent outbreaks
This scheme will be used to establish a revolving fund to facilitate a rapid mobilisation of outbreak/disaster response ( technology component) to infectious disease outbreaks or a natural or man made disaster. The scheme will work in coordination with relevant departments of MOHFW and also agencies like NDMA etc. This programme will specially facilitate focussed research to assist in dealing with emerging and re-emerging diseases; identification of agent; development of diagnostic tests; formulation of case management modules and preventive strategies; establishment of laboratories to handle new, exotic and dangerous organisms.
G. Matters relating to scientific societies and associations, charitable and religious endowments in medicine and health research areas.
Scheme to implement this item will focus on support to medical and health research related activities of these bodies. I. Coordination in the field of health research with government, organisations and institutes The proposed coordination between organisations and institutes under the Central and State Governments in areas entrusted to the new Department and the promotion of special studies in medicine and health will be achieved through establishing a cell in DHR to coordinate and jointly funded projects with agencies such as –
- DSIR/ CSIR;
- Department of Space;
- Department of Environment;
- Disaster Management Authority.
H. Indian council of medical research
Under this scheme the Department will oversee the activities of the Indian Council of Medical Research and assist it in strengthening and modernising its existing infrastructure, setting up new institutes, expand its scientific and other manpower base and increase the quantum of support for extramural research.