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IMPRINT is the first of its kind MHRD supported Pan-IIT + IISc joint initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. This novel initiative with twofold mandate is aimed at:

(a) Developing new engineering education policy
(b) Creating a road map to pursue engineering challenges

IMPRINT provides the overarching vision that guides research into areas that are predominantly socially relevant.

News & Events

IMPRINT TechEx Aug 2019



IMPRINT Messages

The link between progress and innovation is direct
Former President of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Science is universal but technology must be local
Prime Minister of India
Shri Narendra Modi


IMPRINT Projects

The initiative takes root

Adopting engineering and technology as a vehicle to address the social needs, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has formulated a catalytic scheme for Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) as a pan-India initiative.

The programme builds around the great research talent and highly equipped and promising infrastructure of the Indian Institutes of Technologies and the Indian Institute of Science. With an aim of achieving inclusion, the programme has currently also encompassed the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and in the future is poised to cover all the academic and research institutions of the country.

The promise of fruits

The ten domains together received 2612 proposals submissions. A Domain Expert Committee (DEC) for each domain was set up to manage the review of these proposals and make recommendations to the IMPRINT Apex Committee. A total of 259 proposals were approved by the Apex Committee. Of these 142 proposals have received support from a ministry, council or department in addition to the Ministry of Human Resource development. The successful implementation of these proposals holds out the promise of delivering tangible results to society.

The roots deepen

IMPRINT an MHRD initiative has been coordinated by IISC, 16 IITs. 25 Ministries signed an MoU for promoting research under IMPRINT. The initiative now enjoys the funding support of over 25 ministries, departments and councils of the Central Government for identified projects. This number is growing further and in doing so laying a firm long term foundation for the initiative.

Call for Proposals by numbers

2612 proposals received

70 DEC members for 10 domains

700+ number of reviewers

142 projects under implementation

224 lakhs average project budget

Over 25 Central Govt. Agencies supporting




Call for Proposals projects aim to impact the society by the translation of knowledge into technology (product or process).

There are exciting new projects being undertaken across the ten IMPRINT domains. Please click on a Domain on the right to see details of projects being undertaken in that domain

Approved proposals by Domain


Please click on an icon above to see list of approved projects for that domain.





Call for Proposals projects aim to impact the society by the translation of knowledge into technology. This approach has been welcomed by Central Government Ministries, Departments, Councils and Organizations. An MoU was signed by over 25 Ministries, Councils and Departments of Government of India. They have reviewed the proposals to identify those proposals which help them deliver upon their mandated goals and objectives. Those found suitable have received funding support.

Central Government Partners for IMPRINT Projects


Please click on a logo above to see details for that funding agency.





Call for Proposals projects aim to supplement National Initiatives. There is synergy between IMPRINT and the other initiatives. Some IMPRINT projects can strengthen the other initiatives. These have deliverables that provide viable options for overcoming challenges faced by the other initiatives.

Proposals supplementing National Initiatives






IMPRINT National Launch


The IMPRINT Approach

Competent leadership and team for each domain

A lead institution has been assigned to each domain and a select team chosen from all the participating institutions is working on each domain.

Call for proposals

To promote and support translation of innovative ideas and knowledge, into deployable technology within a definite time frame.

Consultation with industry & stakeholders

Existing centres of excellence worldwide are consulted as part of the groundwork.

Policy recommendations

Policy recommendations, that factor in the current status, define where we want to get and detail how to get there, are finalized.

Maiden workshop

A workshop to launch the initiative was held at IIT Kanpur on 11 May 2015 (Technology Day).

Public discussion forum

Available data and expert knowledge form the basis to discuss, debate, deliberate and arrive at initial decisions.

Status definition and benchmarking

The current status for each domain is described and the benchmarks for where we want to reach are decided.

Challenges & roadmaps

The big challenges are identified and a roadmap to meet them prepared.

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