IMPRESS scheme

Context:

  • The Government has approved “Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education by 2022”, as per which the scope of institutions to be funded through Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) has been enlarged to encompass School Education and Medical Education institutions, apart from Higher Education. 

The Government of India, in August 2018, had sanctioned the scheme “Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS)”.

  • The Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.
  • The broad objectives of the scheme are:
  1. To identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.
  2. To focus research on (11) broad thematic areas such as : State and Democracy, Urban transformation, Media, Culture and Society, Employment, Skills and Rural transformation , Governance, Innovation and Public Policy, Growth, Macro-trade and Economic Policy, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health and Environment, Science and Education, Social Media and Technology, Politics, Law and Economics. The sub- theme areas will be decided on the basis of Expert Groups’ advice before notifying the scheme and calling for applications.
  3. To ensure selection of projects through a transparent, competitive process on online mode.
  4. To provide opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country, including all Universities (Central and State), private institutions with 12(B) status conferred by UGC.
  5. ICSSR funded/ recognized research institutes will also be eligible to submit research proposals on the given themes and sub-themes.