Anusandhan National Research Foundation (ANRF)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) stands as a cornerstone of research excellence, spearheading groundbreaking initiatives that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technology. Established with a clear vision, the NRF plays a crucial role in supporting and funding innovative projects across various disciplines.

By cultivating a dynamic research ecosystem that encourages collaboration among academia, industry, and government entities, the NRF ensures that the outcomes of research extend beyond theoretical realms, directly impacting industries and society. Through strategic investments and a commitment to fostering emerging talent, the NRF continues to be a driving force in propelling the nation towards scientific and technological leadership.

The Anusandhan National Research Foundation Act, 2023 is an Act of the Parliament of India. It seeks to regulate all research and development in the fields of natural sciences establishments in India. It repeals the Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008 and dissolves the SERB.

  • The Act would define India's status in 2047 and open the door for India to join the exclusive club of developed nations, according to the Union Minister for Science and Technology.
  • The Act seeks to establish a culture of research and innovation throughout India's educational institutions, research institutes, and R&D laboratories by playing a significant role in supporting, developing, and promoting R&D activities throughout the nation.

“The challenge of ANRF is to introduce changes so that research makes a tangible impact on society and prioritise quality and relevance over quantity, rather than the current focus on generating research output,” Dr Gupta, Secretary of SERB said at the online talk titled Changing Landscape of Research Funding in India: Anusandhan National Research Foundation: India’s vision to Achieve Global Leadership.

At the heart of the NRF's mission is the pursuit of solutions to contemporary challenges on both a national and global scale. The foundation actively engages in international collaborations, recognizing the interconnected nature of many issues. By facilitating knowledge exchange and leveraging collective efforts, the NRF contributes to a shared pool of expertise aimed at addressing pressing global concerns.

The Union Minister of State (DST) Dr Jitendra Singh emphasised that the ANRF, envisaged by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will catapult India to the league of developed nations pioneering new research in new frontiers.

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