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Sree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Research Grants As a private foundation incorporated under Section 7(2) and Rule 8 of the Government of India Companies Rule 2014, Sree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation (SreePVF), Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, has been supporting excellence in medical education and care as well as offering awards, donations and grants to individuals and institutions, societies and foundations, whose aims and activities are in tune with those of the Foundation since its inception. With a vision for betterment of humanity and recognizing that in addition to the government, Private Foundations and Trusts should also support research and technology through grants, SreePVF has constituted Sree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Research Grants in 2019, arguably the first of its kind in India. The award in Biomedical Sciences constitutes one three-year research grant (of up to Rs. 3 crores) each year, for individuals and groups engaged in "bench to bedside" translational research. The grant programme expanded to agricultural sciences in 2021, with the constitution of a special call specifically for agricultural sciences to support novel and sustainable solutions that benefit small and marginal farmers.
Ambit of the grant and focus areas: Applications for a three-year grant are invited from interested individuals and teams from not-for-profit research organisations. The call is for one grant in any branch of science and technology for cutting-edge “Bench to Bedside” translational projects leading to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. Any project designed to address a focused disease related topic with cutting-edge techniques and analysis resulting in translational solutions to illness or clinical problems will be eligible to apply. However, climate change, agricultural sciences and ecological sciences are excluded from the ambit of this call. Sree PVF expects that proposals submitted under this funding initiative describe ambitious projects that lead to substantial benefit to human health with measurable impact. The grant is envisaged as an enabler to deliver ready to deploy solutions which can lead to successful bench-side applications. A key requirement of the grant is that the proposed research should, by the end of the 3-year grant period, lead to tangible outcomes, that can immediately be translated into innovative tools/products/treatments/interventions that are easily accessible and cost-effective, thus benefitting large sections of the population. Proposals for less than three years will not be considered.
Eligibility: Interested individuals and teams from universities, R&D institutions, medical centers and recognized non-profit research organizations in India are eligible to apply.
The proposals can be from single institution or multi-institutional. International collaborations are also eligible, however the lead organization must be based in India. In case of international collaborations, a strong justification must be provided as to why this collaboration is essential for the execution of the project, what value the collaboration will add to the proposal and why this work cannot be carried out in India. Any regulatory approvals needed from the Indian Government for the collaboration as well as material transfer etc..need to highlighted.
The minimum eligibility criteria for applicants is PhD/MD/MS or equivalent.
Since there is no salary on offer, the applicants should already have secured salary and space from the Host Institution before applying.
The Principal Investigator should be below 50 years of age (5year age exception is given for women applicants).
Sree PVF grants are not intended to duplicate support available from other Indian Government/other sources. Where applicants already received substantial funding for their core activities/similar work, they will only be eligible if they can demonstrate that the activity for which funding is sought is additional to the work for which they had already received funding from other sources.
The maximum budget is Rs 3 Crores for one grant.
Grant will be disbursed in three tranches with each tranche no more than Rs. 1.0 crore per year over three years.
Eligible costs for funding are Capital expenditure (equipment); Manpower; Consumables; Travel (local & international travel, and local hospitality); Contingency; Overheads; Outsourcing; others, such as training & awareness; workshops; publications; review meetings, etc. based on the requirement of the project.
SreePVF offers flexibility to the applicant in how they wish to utilize the budget as long as the requested costs commensurate with the proposed research and are strongly justified.
However, salary for Principal Investigator is not included in the grant. The Host Institution is expected to provide salary and space for the duration of the grant period.
The Grant will only be given to the primary Host Institution in India. Money disbursement in case of multi-institutional grants is the responsibility of the primary lead institution, which must put in place a suitable mechanism.
The form is available to download from here
The deadline for receipt of the three-year proposal is 15 September, 2021.
Soft copies of the duly filled in application must be emailed as a single consolidated PDF file with all necessary signatures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copies are not required.
Applicants are requested to take due diligence in filing up the form and provide necessary information as required.
Short listed candidates would be required to present research proposal before a selection committee through an on-line presentation.
Important Timelines: Launch Date:12 June 2021 Last Date for submission of applications:15 September 2021 Short-listing and Interviews (Expected):by 15 January 2022 Announcement of Results (Expected): by 31 January 2022
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2019Principal Investigator: Dr Vidita Vaidya, Tata Institute of fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai Collaborator: Dr Ullas Kolthur-Seetharam, TIFR
Title: Modulation of mitochondrial metabolism within limbic brain regions following early life stress
Summary: Early adversity and trauma are major risk factors for an altered health trajectory, with enhanced risk for psychiatric diseases. This remains an important public health concern for India, and a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms that result in life-long changes in neural circuits following early stress has important preclinical and clinical implications. It is our expectation that through this work we will generate novel information on the essential role of specific aspects of mitochondrial metabolism and function in mediating the influence of early adversity in the development of increased risk for adult psychopathology and altered trajectories for age-associated dysfunction. We anticipate the identification of novel targets that are suitable for the development of therapeutic interventions (ranging from biotechnological, nutritional and pharmacological) designed to target mitochondrial pathways as novel ways to treat anxiety and depression, as well as with implications for aging-associated pathology.
2020 Principal Investigator: Dr. Vandana Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Hyderabad
Collaborators: Dr.Mahati Chittem, Dr.Veenith N Balasubramanian (IITH)
Title:3D Imaging based Vein Intrusion Guide System for Pediatric and Geriatric
Summary: We propose to demonstrate and commercialize the proof of concept of a novel 3D Vein Viewer module that not only images the peripheral vein mapping underneath the human skin but also determines the depth of the vein vessel from the top of the skin with micro-meter accuracy. The standard technique for peripheral IV Intra-Venous access involves a clinician using a tourniquet to engorge veins, followed by palpation to identify a suitable vein and finally insertion of the catheter needle. This often results in many cases of false trials and multiple needle penetrations into the body. Near Infrared Radiation NIR penetrates deeper into tissues a few centimeters and provides 2D images of the subcutaneous vascular network. The maximal likelihood estimate of the depth of is obtained through our recently patented technique of integration of Mie-Scattering with imaging. To account for physiological variations such as skin tone in the population, we also introduce an in-vivo optical coherence tomography (OCT) based mapping of the skin. A single compact, mobile device combining such state-of-the-art optical technologies forms our proposed vein locator which would aid medical staff in reducing the bruising and damaging among patients especially among infants and the aged during IV therapy.
Rare combination of relentless quest for professional excellence and deep concern for social good characterize the personality and work of Dr. Sudha, motivated with striving for better coordinated efforts in rendering services to the people, mark out her as a different from the run of the mill professionals.
It is said that while individual abilities and performances are laudable, they attain a rare feature of nobility and dignity when they contribute to the wholesome benefit of the society at large. Earning and learning are social endeavours, when there is a sense of sharing with others in the longer context of social benefit.
Kalidasa said “Aadaanam Hi Visargaaya Sataam Vaarimuchaami” i.e. “Good people take things only to give away, like clouds”, and this is exemplified in the work of Dr. Sudha in letter and spirit.
She had taken crucial decision to serve the felt needs of the society in which she was born and brought up. She was trained and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School at Boston returned from America, at a time when it was and is far from fashionable for people of their eminence and excellence to continue to stay in USA. This was in tune with the spirit of “Janani Janma Bhumischa, Swargadapi Gariyasi”. After establishing the prestigious tertiary health care institute “Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic”, she extended her activities to ‘medico social arena’ with commendable zeal and determination.
With a track record of brilliant academic achievements and professional accomplishments her devotion to social work is equally worthy of appreciation. Dr. Sudha formed ‘WATCH’ (Women And The Child Health) foundation in 1987 with a view to serve the rural populace. The foundation adopted about 100 villages in four mandals (tahsils) near Vijayawada in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. They organized free medical camps regularly to help the needy people at their door steps. Another significant contribution in the area of public health sector, the foundation initiated and completed construction of toilets in many schools in these villages in collaboration with the Red Cross society of Gannavaram branch. About 5000 children were immunized for Polio prior to the Pulse Polio programme and another 6000 for Hepatitis-B free of cost.
Dr. Sudha graduated from Guntur Medical College in 1961.
She won five gold medals and was the best outgoing student in her batch.
She did her post graduation in General Surgery and received M.S. degree from Andhra University in 1966.
She was Assistant Professor in General Surgery for two years in Guntur Medical College before going abroad from 1966 to 1968.
She joined world renowed Harvard University at Boston and did her residency for three years from 1969- 1972 in the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Beth Israel Hospital
She passed the American Boards in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with top rank in 1972.
She obtained the F.R.C.S.C (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1972 in first attempt.
She was in the faculty of Harvard University in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology till 1978.
Dr. Sudha is Alumna of Harvard University at Boston.
She returned to India in 1978 to serve the needs of the Society in which she was born and brought up. Even today doctors who had completed full residency in USA with immigrant visa and/or US citizenship returning to India is very rare - indeed they will be less than a dozen in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana put together.
She established the prestigious tertiary health care institute “the Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic” with the ‘State of the Art’ Department in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, which also extended its activities to ‘medico social arena’. In the hospital 10% of inpatients and 40% of outpatients were given free medical care till 2004.
Her special interests were in the practice of High risk Obstetrics and Infertility.
Her passion was Medical Education and training doctors.
She is a member of the following Associations:
Alumna of Harvard University at Boston
Fellow of American College of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists.
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
Fellow of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society of India.
Indian Medical Association.
Bezwada Medical Association & Indian Medical Association, Vijayawada Branch.
She was President of FOGSI (Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology Society of India) 1995-1996.
She was a Member Governing Council Sri Venkateswara University of Health Sciences, Tirupathi from 2004 to 2008 & 2011 to 2014.
She was a former member of Newyork Academy of Sciences, U.S.A
In 1997 received a Gold Medal from Sri Deva Gouda, then the Prime Minister of India at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Guntur Medical College for her outstanding performance.
Dr. Sudha was the recipient of Ugadi Puraskar Award by Madras Telugu Academy in 1994 for the dedicated work in their profession.
Another feather in the cap of her achievements in the course of her public contribution is the establishment of Dr. Pinnamaneni and Smt. Seethadevi Foundation in 1989 in her Parent’s name and earned a reputation for honouring persons of eminence in recognition of their services in various fields including Literature, Culture, Fine Arts, Medicine, Science, Sports, Social Services etc., with a cash awards Rupees two lakhs and a citation. Among these who were honoured by the foundation are persons of such national renowned reputation like recepients of Bharat Ratna Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, LathaMangeskarji, Prof CNR Rao, Milk Revolutionary Dr.V.Kurian and Green Revolutionary Prof.M S Swaminadhan and Metro man Dr.E.Sreedharan and many other stalwarts.
Dr. Sudha along with her family members donated Land of AC.31.30 at Gannavaram to Siddhartha Academy and Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation and Drs. Sudha & Nageswara Rao Siddhartha Institute of Dental Sciences were constructed in that land.
Established SRI PADMAVATHI VENKATESWARA FOUNDATION in 2014 and donated 11,000 sq yards of land in the heart of the city Vijayawada as corpus fund. The income generated from this will be used for Health care, Education, Innovations, Agriculture and for the fulfillment of United Nations Millennium goals.
She was a Board Member of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam from 2004 to 2008.
She was the recipient of UDYOG BHARATHI PURASKAR AWARD by DELHI TELUGU ACADEMY in April 2016.
She was the recipient of KALAPRAPURNA Dr PAIDI LAKSHMAIAH, Dr. P.L SANJEEVA REDDY SMARAKA PRATIBHA PURASAKARAM In June2016 at Hyderabad.
She was nominated by Governor of Andhra Pradesh in December 2016 as management committee member of Indian Red Cross Society of Andhra Pradesh.