The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi (India), established in the year 1969, is an autonomous body working under the aegis of Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is the apex national nodal Council for promoting and funding social science research in India.
The funding and promotional programmes of the ICSSR operate through the mechanism of institutional and individual grants. An all India network of 24 frontline Research Institutes and six regional centres is maintained and five recognized institutes are programmatically supported by the ICSSR. Individual grants are provided through the various schemes of Fellowships, Research Projects, Interactive Seminars, Conference and Networks, Publications and research capacity building programmes for both the research scholars and faculty of social science disciplines. The ICSSR has an ever-expanding network of International Collaborations with corresponding research bodies of other countries. These collaborations facilitate exchange of scholars both at the doctoral and senior levels, conduct joint research studies and interactive conferences and multilateral networks.
The Impactful Policy Research in Social Science scheme (IMPRESS) aims to encourage social science research in policy relevant areas so that it could provide vital inputs in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. The IMPRESS is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and is being implemented by the Indian Council of Social Science Research. The basic idea to encourage policy research in social sciences is to have visible impact on polity, economy, society, culture etc. It also aims to have enhanced coordination between academics and policy makers.
Professor Dhananjay Singh
Mr M.P. Madhukar
Deputy Director & Incharge, International Collaboration