Areas of Work

Grants-in-Aid Scheme:

Research sponsored in academic institutions under the extramural research (ER) scheme focuses on research on phenomena or observations that are not understood, and that lack of understanding is recognized as an obstacle to scientific or technological progress in the broad topic area of relevance to military R&D. The knowledge-base so generated is embodied in high-quality technical manpower and in the new understandings, techniques and design-tools developed through the basic research funded. Such new knowledge can also provide pathways to significant advances in the mission-effectiveness of traditional military roles.

Collaterally with the expanded knowledge-base created, a primary end-result of the research that is funded under the ER programme is a networked group of qualified people whose expertise resulting from the research can be drawn-upon to build an exploitable area of new technology that has potential military applicability.

The ER scheme also supports the instrumentality of Memoranda of Collaboration (MoC) between DRDO Laboratories & Establishments and academia. These MoC invariably involve more than one DRDO establishments and cover explorations and investigations on a range of topics within a broad subject arena that generically cross-link the research activities of the collaborating Laboratories & Establishments and the research-disciplines of the selected collaborating academic institution. Such institutional cross-linking is organic, not episodic, and is made operational in an MoC through a management structure which includes in its standing arrangements representation of directors of the collaborating DRDO institutions.

The ER scheme also provides financial assistance for organizing conferences/seminars/workshops on the topics related to DRDO's activities.

Intellectual Property Right (IPR):

The IPR Group, presently, provides total support to DRDO scientists in the task of legally protecting the innovations made by them apart from fulfilling its other assigned roles. The primary functions of the IPR Group, presently, can be enumerated in the following:

  • Formulating DRDO's perspective on national IPR issues including legal instruments and interacting with Ministries / Departments when necessary.
  • Providing legal protection on the innovations made by DRDO Scientists by filing Patent / Copyright / Design applications in India and abroad.
  • Promoting IPR culture among DRDO Scientists with a long term aim of making IPR culture integral to the R&D efforts of the scientists.
  • Managing IPR portfolio of DRDO.