India: Call for proposal (short-term) for DST-NGP (erstwhile NRDMS) in Collaboration with AGNi, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser on Geospatial Analytics for Revival and Restoring the Economic Growth in Post COVID-19 Scenario.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Geospatial technology has played a key role in tracking and visualizing the disease spread, and will play an even more critical role in addressing the long-term socio-economic effects to come. Thus, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), India, under its National Geospatial Programme (erstwhile NRDMS), aims to utilize the power of Geospatial technology to revive various sectors of the Indian economy.

DST, in collaboration with the Accelerating Growth of New India’s innovations (AGNIi) initiative of Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council PSA officehas invited short-term proposals from Geospatial start-ups and knowledge institutions of the country, with the aim of critically strengthening the nation’s innovation ecosystem.

Focus Areas
Financial support will be provided to selected organizations, focusing on area specific spatial analytics (including techniques/demonstration etc.) in the sectors of migration, employment generation (specially in agriculture and construction), strengthening of livelihood, resource mapping for community resilience, etc.

The details are as follows:

A. Migration

  • Urban and regional mobilities: dwell times and movements to assess the situation and identify trends (pattern of migration, reasons for migration, seasonality, nature of work, region-wise wage disparity, problems of access to Public distribution system (PDS) food, access to health, children education, living conditions, etc.)
  • Convergence, migration, and dispersal of population and migrant workers in the view of monitoring health, especially nutrition, carrying mothers, and child care during migration
  • Digital supply chain maps and analysis for planning and ensuring geographical diversity in suppliers as well as aligning needs with distribution

B. Strengthening Livelihood and Employment Generation

  • Mapping and geo-analysis of reverse migrants for assessment of livelihood creation within village/district/state
  • Geospatial analytics for Skilling/reskilling of migrants (job opportunities, increase work efficiency and enhance quality of their output)
  • Resource mapping for community resilience 
  • Site Suitability Analysis for livelihood creation and survival, viz. in gardening, cash cropping, animal husbandry, fishing, etc.
  • Resource locator in a cluster for skill development trainings, as well as Geo-cultural indicators for livelihood such as Bamboo craft, wood craft, fisheries cluster, mushroom cultivation, handicrafts of local artisan, etc.
  • Modelling mitigating the situation for economic sectors such as industry, commerce, transport, and agriculture, based on satellite data.
  • Modelling import substitution in tier 2/tier 3 cities, aligning with the need of rural catchment area
  • Modelling urban unemployment in service sector and solution therein

C. Others

  • Development of open source village level Geospatial information platform for villagers, school teachers, students
  • Modelling/assessing forecast of potential Spread of COVID-19 beyond the lockdown and mitigation (city-centric infection percolation model)
  • Predictive risk of each district for COVID-19 through sewage disposals and environment predictors such as heat, humidity, hygiene, sanitation, and other covariates, such as age/social distancing
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning model using COVID 19 databases to assist in optimal response in a dynamically varying scenario
  • Social vulnerability mapping and analysis of COVID-19 impacts for initiating economic activities
  • Dependency modelling of healthcare infrastructure (hospitals, quarantine facilities, etc) with interrelated infrastructures, such as transportation, water supply, pharmacy/equipment, food supply etc
  • Knowledge representation approaches (e.g. Ontologies) of the causal relationships between disease and geographical settings to enable reasoning for automated decision-making
  • Geospatial analytics, based upon AI/ML, for future disaster preparedness
Who can Submit the Proposal?

The proposal can be submitted by the faculty members, scientists, engineers, and technologists, in permanent positions, working in UGC recognized universities, national institutions of research, and research management etc., having requisite qualifications in the field of Geospatial analytics. Apart from the knowledge institutions, startups working in geospatial analytics domain may also apply. The startups may also apply in collaboration with a knowledge institution. The PI/start-ups shall have sufficient experience in this field, evidenced by published books/papers, project handled/field experience, etc. Last date for online receipt of proposals is 9th January, 2021.

Duration and Fund Support

The proposal may be supported for maximum duration of 06 months-1 year.

IP Issues and Pilot Testing and Access for User Community

The PI should clearly state the status of the digital product in terms of its access to user community within Government or Civil Society or individual user. The nature and extent of the controls resting with the PI/startup should be clearly specified. The proposal should have a clear plan for a proof of concept and pilot demonstration stage. Preference will be given to proposals using open-source software and providing open access to the user(s).

How to Submit the Proposal?

The proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document at https://onlinedst.gov.in/ in proper format as provided at https://onlinedst.gov.in/ and duly forwarded by Head of the Institution/University. Non-governmental organizations (Deemed and private universities and research and development organization) should be registered at the http://ngodarpan.gov.in/ portal of the Government of India before submission of the proposal. 

For any other query and submission of proposal please contact:
Dr. D. Dutta, Scientist ‘G’ & Head / Dr. Shubha Pandey,
Scientist-D, NGP Division (erstwhile NRDMS),
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110016 (Telefax:011-26851967)
Email: [email protected], [email protected] 

NOTE: The e-version of the proposal duly endorsed from Head of the Organisation should be submitted as a single pdf document under Geospatial Technology and Applications scheme of NGP Division (erstwhile NRDMS), at https://onlinedst.gov.in/.



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