STRIDE, a new initiative announced by UGC to strengthen research culture in colleges & Universities


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a new scheme named ‘Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy’ (STRIDE).  STRIDE will provide support to research projects that are socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important and globally significant. Further, STRIDE will support research capacity building as well as basic, applied and transformational action research that can contribute to national priorities with focus on inclusive human development.

It will further shall support creation, development and integration of new ideas, concepts and practices for public good and strengthening civil society.

Advisory committee

An advisory committee has been set up by the UGC under the chairmanship of Prof Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman to oversee the entire scheme. Details of the scheme will be available on UGC website by July 8 2019. Call for proposals will be announced by the UGC by July 20. Applications will have to be submitted online. STRIDE web portal will be open for receiving applications by July 31.

STRIDE Objectives

  1. To identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity, promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research for India’s developing economy and national development.
  2. To fund multi institutional network high-impact research projects in humanities and human sciences.

Union HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ informed that STRIDE scheme will strengthen research culture and innovation in colleges and Universities and help students and faculty to contribute towards India’s developing economy with the help of collaborative research. He also added that focus on Humanities and Human Sciences will boost quality research on Indian languages and knowledge systems.


Award or grant will be based on merit of the project proposal. STRIDE scheme proposals will be carefully evaluated with the help of peer review and assessment by expert committees. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for presentation.

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