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Tata Transformation

Tata Transformation

Tata Transformation
Tata Transformation

Bold Innovation for India and Beyond

The Tata Transformation Prize will support breakthrough, innovative technologies that address India’s greatest challenges. By recognizing and supporting the implementation at scale of high-risk, high-reward research, the Prize will drive impactful innovation in scientific disciplines of importance to India’s societal needs and economic competitiveness.

The Prize will leverage the exceptional potential of scientists in India to address critical national challenges in three categories—Food Security, Sustainability, and Healthcare—and generate improved life quality outcomes across India and beyond.

The Tata Transformation Prize recognizes one Winner in each of the three categories, with INR 2 crores (approximately US$240,000) for each Winner. Read the Press Release announcing the Tata Transformation Prize.

“The Tata group has been in the forefront of creating impact in society for more than 150 years. In fact, our founder Jamsetji Tata said that the very purpose of business is the society. The Tata Transformation Prize is one small way in which we will promote science and scientists to solve India’s national problems.”

—N. Chandrasekaran
Chairman
Tata Sons

Contact

Stephen D. Albright, PhD

Program Manager, Awards

"Pathbreaking research takes place in India, resulting in important advances in science around the world. This prize is focused not only on science, but on innovative discoveries that put science to work for the betterment of society."

—Nicholas B. Dirks, PhD
President & CEO
New York Academy of Sciences

Important Dates

The nomination period for the Tata Transformation Prize will open on January 25, 2023. All materials must be submitted by March 22, 2023.

January 25, 2023: Applications open for the Tata Transformation Prize

March 22, 2023: Applications close for the Tata Transformation Prize

December 2023: Ceremony & Symposium recognizing the inaugural Tata Transformation Prize Winners


Submit your email for updates on the Tata Transformation Prize

Scientific Advisory Council

M. Lakshmi Kantam, PhD
M. Lakshmi Kantam, PhD

Institute of Chemical Technology

Agam Khare
Agam Khare

Absolute

Prabhu L. Pingali, PhD
Prabhu L. Pingali, PhD

Cornell University

K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM(Card)
K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM(Card)

Public Health Foundation of India

Karen C. Seto, PhD
Karen C. Seto, PhD

Yale University

K. VijayRaghavan, PhD
K. VijayRaghavan, PhD

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Meg Wirth
Meg Wirth

Maternova

Program Guidelines

+ Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Hold a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.)
  • At the time of application, hold a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, or Researcher/Scientist, with at least 50% full-time effort devoted to research, at an eligible institution within India
  • Receive pre-approval from their institution, in the form of an Institution Approval Form. See below for more details.

Applicants may only submit one application per annual Prize cycle. Applicants may submit applications in an unlimited number of subsequent Prize cycles, however, each application must propose a different innovation.

+ Eligible Institutions

Applicants must be employed by an eligible university, institute, or other research organization in India at the time of application. Eligible institutions may be found here.

Institutions not listed may contact TataTransformation@nyas.org to request inclusion on the list of eligible institutions.

+ Eligible Categories

The Tata Transformation Prize recognizes scientists and engineers developing technological innovations that address three challenges of national importance to India: Food Security, Sustainability, and Healthcare.

Applicants must propose technologies that address one of the three categories with a focus on digital and technological transformation: innovations that re-imagine traditional practices and business models, transform technological paradigms, improve public trust, and enable an open and connected world.

Innovation knows no bounds. Technologies that may address these challenges include but are not limited to:

Food Security

Innovations that improve productivity and efficiency or reduce waste and resource-intensity, such as

  • Food waste management
  • Supply chain management
  • Food storage chain
  • Crop sensing
  • Genetic modification
  • Crop management
  • Climate change-resistant agriculture practices
  • Food distribution
  • Food processing

Sustainability

Innovations that enable large-scale reduction, reuse, and recycling of resources or protection of the natural environment, such as:

  • Clean energy technologies
  • Battery and energy storage technologies
  • Green chemistry
  • Sustainable materials
  • Circular economy technologies
  • Environmentally-friendly infrastructure
  • Recycling and waste disposal technologies
  • Climate change modeling and prediction
  • Technologies to mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • Ecology technology & technologies for conserving biodiversity
  • Electric vehicles and other energy efficient devices
  • Technology solutions for water management
  • Innovations to estimate, measure, and track emissions

Healthcare

Innovations that improve accessibility, affordability, accountability, and efficacy in healthcare, such as:

  • Sensing and wearable technologies
  • Telemedicine/telehealth
  • Health informatics
  • Electronic health records
  • Bioprinting
  • Augmented reality
  • Robotics
  • Personalized healthcare technologies
  • Medical training strategies
  • Biocomputation & bioinformatics
  • Public/community health infrastructure

The eligible technologies listed under each Prize category above are not meant to be exhaustive. If applicants have a question regarding whether or not a particular innovation falls into these categories, please contact the Tata Transformation Prize team at TataTransformation@nyas.org.

+ Evaluation Criteria

Proposed technologies will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality: The extent to which the proposed innovation is coherent, credible and supported by scientifically rigorous design.
  • Vision: The extent to which the proposed innovation will challenge existing paradigms or practices and/or pursues an original approach, and will generate measurable, lasting, and wide-scale societal changes that address national needs in India.
  • Feasibility: The extent to which the proposed innovation is ready and suitable for scaling up in India, the applicant offers a realistic approach and implementation plan to achieve tangible results, and is well-positioned and capable of actioning the proposed plan.

Application Materials & Instructions

+ Application Form

Required information includes the applicant’s name, title, terminal degree, email address, phone number, and category of submission, as well as the name, title, and contact information for the institutional leadership submitting the Institution Approval Form.

+ Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to submit a CV that includes:

  • Applicant name, current institution(s), and position title
  • Education and training, including doctoral and prior postdoctoral training, with names of previous research advisor(s)/mentor(s)
  • Employment history
  • Honors and awards
  • Peer-reviewed publications from entire research career
  • Patents and patent applications, if applicable
  • Research grants where the applicant is named as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator
  • Scientific leadership [e.g., any significant roles in the greater academic community. This includes major editorial responsibilities, service on external committees, conference organization, technology licensing (or company start-up), public outreach activities, and institutional administrative responsibilities (e.g., departmental or student committee].
  • Invited talks and lectures

+ Innovation Proposal

The Innovation Proposal (maximum five pages, excluding references and up to five figures) should be accessible to another scientist working in the overarching Prize category (e.g., Sustainability) and include:

Background & Significance

Describe the societal challenge the innovation seeks to address and establish the necessary context to understand what successful scale up and implementation would look like. Explain any terms or information that may not be obvious to a scientist outside of the applicant’s specialty.

Proof of Concept

Describe the technology, discovery, or innovation and preliminary work and/or results demonstrating its credibility and potential. These may constitute a prototype that has undergone testing or a small-scale proof of concept experiment. Clarify if these are already published or if they are unpublished findings and how the innovation is unique in how it addresses the corresponding societal challenge. If the innovation is a physical technology or device, include a photo of the prototype as one of the five allowed figures.

Implementation Plan

Applicants must present a clearly articulated and reasonable plan to scale up and implement the innovation. This should identify clear, significant goals and a tentative timeline by which the applicant expects to meet those goals.

The timeline should span approximately three years of implementation, depending on the nature of the innovation, over which significant progress is expected to be made. Identify any resources, such as specialized equipment, that is required for the Implementation Plan, indicate if the applicant has access and, if not, how and when it will be obtained.

Future Directions and Impact

Describe how the applicant sees the implementation and adoption of the innovation progressing beyond the timeline proposed in the Implementation Plan. Describe the anticipated impact of the technology, discovery, or innovation outlined in the Proof of Concept on society in India and beyond.

+ Letters of Support

Applicants are required to nominate two (2) individuals to submit a confidential Letters of Support. Letters of Support will be electronically requested and submitted via the web portal to ensure confidentiality.

Letters of Support may come from any individuals that are able to address the applicant’s suitability to lead the scale-up and implementation of the innovation, as well as the overall quality and vision of the proposed innovation proposal. We recommend that applicants petition letters from individuals who are experts in the challenges addressed by the proposed innovation or the technologies related to the proposed innovation. Furthermore, letter writers should be intimately familiar with the applicant’s most significant and relevant accomplishments in their scientific career that prepare them for implementation.

Letter writers will also be required to answer a brief, multiple-choice questionnaire upon uploading their Letters of Support, to ensure both qualitative and quantitative assessment of each applicant.

+ Institution Approval Form

The applicant must receive pre-approval from their institution in the form of a completed and signed Institution Approval Form. Completion of a Form verifies that the applicant is employed by the institution in an eligible research role and has informed the institution of submission of their Innovation Plan. The Letter must be signed by institutional leadership positioned at the level of Department Head or higher. The signatory must be senior to the applicant.

Applicants and institutional leadership can download the Institution Approval Form here. Applicants will be asked to submit their completed and signed and stamped (with an institution stamp, if applicable) Institution Approval Form with the rest of their Application Materials in the submission portal.

Prize Benefits and Winner Responsibilities

Award

The Tata Transformation Prize awards one Winner in each of the three categories, with INR 2 crores (approximately US$240,000) for each Winner. Funds will be disbursed directly by Tata Sons upon the conclusion of prize events in December 2023.

Each Winner will receive a personalized medal inscribed with their name and Prize year.

Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences

All Winners will receive a lifetime membership to the Academy. Membership provides Winners with access to our Global Member Directory, a deep archive of digital content, and access to free or significantly discounted registrations for over 100 in-person and virtual symposia, webinars and conferences annually.

Winner Responsibilities

Tata Transformation Prize Winners are expected to:

  • Attend the Tata Transformation Prize Ceremony in December 2023
  • Deliver a short presentation of their work at the annual Tata Transformation Prize Ceremony and/or Symposium in December 2023. Further details will be provided closer to the Prize
  • Participate in Tata Transformation Prize related media activities and inquiries (e.g., video interviews, magazine profile interviews)
  • Provide reports on the progress of their innovation to Tata Transformation Prize staff after one and three years of implementation, to be reviewed by the New York Academy of Sciences and Tata Sons. Please refer to the Reporting section below for further details.
  • Respond to all requests and provide deliverables in a timely manner, to facilitate compliance with the above expectations.

Reporting

Tata Transformation Prize Winners will provide reports on the progress of the innovation implementation at intervals of one and three years after receiving the Prize. Winners are expected to include in their reports:

  • Project Activities: Progress according to milestones set in the Implementation Plan.
  • Results & Impact:
    • Wins: further prototypes or market-ready products developed; product testing undertaken; product effectiveness measured in pilot studies
    • Failures: technical or implementation failures and lessons learned
    • Challenges: barriers to implementation, scale, or user adoption
  • Collaborators: Key stakeholders recruited to project, their roles, and the resources or support they provide.
  • Funding: New investors or other funding sources. Summarize terms and valuation.
  • Future Plans: Steps to be taken in the next year towards implementation or continuing development, including a timeline to market or to achieve project impact

Winners are also expected to provide an updated CV, including post-Prize:

  • Patents
  • Scientific Publications
  • Grants or other research funding
  • Prizes or other awards
  • Conference presentations or other invited talks

Applicants must be employed by an eligible university, institute, or other research organization in India at the time of application. Eligible institutions are listed below.

Institutions not listed here may contact TataTransformation@nyas.org to request inclusion on the list of eligible institutions.

A | B | C | D | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y
  • Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research

  • Acharya Institute of Technology

  • Agartala Government Medical College

  • Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (All Campuses)

  • Ahmedabad University

  • Alagappa University

  • Aliah University

  • Aligarh Muslim University

  • All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health (All Campuses)

  • All India Institutes of Medical Sciences

  • Amity University

  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)

  • Andhra University

  • Anna University

  • Annamalai University

  • Apex Professional University

  • Arunachal University of Studies

  • Arunodaya University

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment

  • Ashoka University

  • Asian Institute of Public Health

  • Assam Don Bosco University

  • Assam University

  • Azim Premji University

  • B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology

  • Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

  • Banaras Hindu University

  • Banasthali University

  • Bangabasi Morning College

  • Bennett University

  • Bharathiar University

  • Bharathidasan University

  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science

  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

  • BLDE University

  • Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute (All Campuses)

  • Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (All Campuses)

  • Central University of Himachal Pradesh

  • Central University of Jammu

  • Central University of Jharkhand

  • Central University of Karnataka

  • Central University of Kerala

  • Central University of Punjab Bathinda

  • Central University of Rajasthan

  • Central University of South Bihar

  • Central University of Tamil Nadu

  • Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology

  • Chandernagore College

  • Chandigarh University

  • Charotar University of Science and Technology

  • Chennai Mathematical Institute

  • Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University

  • Christ University

  • Christian Medical College and Hospital

  • Cluster University Srinagar

  • Cochin University of Science and Technology

  • Cooch Behar Government Engineering College

  • Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University

  • Cotton University

  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (All Laboratories)

  • Darjeeling Government College

  • Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences

  • DAV University

  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions

  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University

  • Defence Institute of Advanced Technology

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (All Technical Clusters)

  • Delhi Technological University

  • Department of Agricultural Research and Education (All Affiliated Institutes)

  • Department of Atomic Energy (All Research Centres)

  • Department of Biotechnology (All Affiliated Institutes)

  • Devi Ahilya University

  • Dharmanand Uniyal Government Degree College Narendranagar

  • Doon University

  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam College

  • Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology

  • Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar

  • Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune

  • Dr. Harisingh Gour University (Sagar University)

  • Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore

  • Forest Research Institute (Indian Institute of Forest Management)

  • G.H.G. Khalsa College

  • Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management

  • Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal

  • Gauhati University

  • GLA University

  • Global Institute of Public Health

  • Goa University

  • Government College Daman

  • Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram

  • Government General Degree College, Kharagpur-II

  • Government General Degree College, Singur

  • Government Institute of Forensic Science, Nagpur

  • Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research

  • Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

  • Guru Nanak Dev University

  • Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology

  • Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya

  • Haffkine Institute (All Campuses)

  • Heritage Institute of Technology

  • Himalayan University

  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

  • Homi Bhabha National Institute

  • Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (All Affiliated Institutes)

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (All Institutes)

  • Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

  • Indian Institute of Management (All Campuses)

  • Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar

  • Indian Institute of Science

  • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (All Campuses)

  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology

  • Indian Institute of Sustainable Development

  • Indian Institute of Technology (All Campuses)

  • Indian Space Research Organization

  • Indian Statistical Institute (All Campuses)

  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology

  • Indira Gandhi National Tribal University

  • Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi

  • Institute for Social and Economic Change (All Campuses)

  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

  • Institute of Economic Growth

  • Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences

  • Institute of Nano Science and Technology

  • Integral University

  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (All Affiliated Institutes)

  • International Institute for Population Sciences

  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

  • Inter-University Accelerator Centre

  • Jadavpur University

  • Jain University

  • Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College

  • Jamia Hamdard

  • Jamia Millia Islamia

  • Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (All Campuses)

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • JIS University

  • JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research

  • JSS Science and Technology University

  • Junagadh Agricultural University

  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

  • Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Sciences University

  • Kazi Nazrul University

  • Kharagpur College

  • King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research (All Campuses)

  • KL Deemed to be University (KL University)

  • Kumaun University

  • Kumbalathu Sankupillai Memorial Devaswom Board College

  • Kurukshetra University

  • LNM Institute of Information Technology

  • Lovely Professional University

  • M. S. Engineering College

  • Magadh University

  • Maharaja Agrasen University

  • Maharaja Ganga Singh University

  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  • Maharishi Markandeshwar University

  • Maharshi Dayanand University

  • Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith

  • Mahatma Gandhi University (MG University)

  • Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences Technology

  • Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur

  • Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies

  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education

  • Manipur University

  • Matrivani Institute of Experimental Research and Education

  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal

  • Ministry of Earth Sciences (All Institutes)

  • MIT Group of Institutes, Ujjain

  • Mizoram University

  • Nagaland University

  • NAMO Medical Education & Research Institute

  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

  • National Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • National Brain Research Institute (All Campuses)

  • National Innovation Foundation

  • National Institute of Advanced Studies

  • National Institute of Biomedical Genomics

  • National Institute of Homeopathy (All Campuses)

  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (All Campuses)

  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

  • National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (All Campuses)

  • National Institute of Technology (All Campuses)

  • National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases

  • National Institute of Urban Affairs

  • National Research Development Corporation (All Outreach Centres)

  • National Sugar Institute (All Campuses)

  • National Tuberculosis Institute (All Campuses)

  • Navrachana University

  • Netaji Subhas University of Technology

  • Nirma University

  • NITI Aayog

  • Nitte University

  • Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences

  • North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology

  • North-Eastern Hill University

  • Oriental University

  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

  • Panjab University

  • Patna University

  • Periyar University

  • Physical Research Laboratory (All Campuses)

  • Pondicherry University (All Campuses)

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (All Campuses)

  • Presidency University

  • PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research (PSG iTech)

  • Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University

  • Public Health Foundation of India (All Research Centres)

  • Punjab Agricultural University

  • Punjab Technical University

  • Punjabi University

  • Rajah Serfoji Government College

  • Rajarshi Shahu College of Pharmacy

  • Rajasthan University for Health Sciences

  • Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology

  • Rajiv Gandhi University

  • Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

  • Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya

  • Ramaiah Institute of Technology

  • Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University

  • Raman Research Institute (All Campuses)

  • Ramananda Centenary College

  • Ranchi University

  • Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University

  • Rani Rashmoni Green University

  • Regional Centre for Biotechnology

  • REVA University

  • Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Medical College

  • Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences

  • Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology

  • Saraswati Dental College and Hospital

  • Sarat Centenary College

  • Sardar Patel University

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology

  • SASTRA University

  • Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

  • Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences

  • Savitribai Phule Pune University

  • School of Tropical Medicine (All Campuses)

  • Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy

  • Shiv Nadar University

  • Shivaji University

  • Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

  • Sidho Kanho Birsha University

  • Sikkim Alpine University

  • Sikkim Manipal University

  • Sikkim Professional University

  • Sikkim University

  • Siksha O Anusandhan University

  • Sir Parashurambhau College

  • South Asian University

  • SR University

  • Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Engineering and Technology

  • Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner

  • Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research

  • Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning

  • Srinivas Institute of Dental Sciences

  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology

  • SRM University, Andhra Pradesh

  • St. Anthony's College

  • St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences

  • St. Joseph University

  • St. Joseph's College

  • State Forest Research Institute (All Research Centres)

  • Suraj Eye Institute

  • Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University

  • Symbiosis International University

  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Tata Institute for Genetics and Society

  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Reseach

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences

  • Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata

  • Tata Memorial Centre (All Research Centres)

  • TERI School of Advanced Studies

  • Tezpur University

  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

  • The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology

  • Thiagarajar College of Engineering

  • United College of Engineering and Research, Greater Noida

  • University of Allahabad

  • University of Burdwan

  • University of Calcutta

  • University of Calicut

  • University of Delhi

  • University of Gour Banga

  • University of Hyderabad

  • University of Jammu

  • University of Kalyani

  • University of Kashmir

  • University of Kerala

  • University of Ladakh

  • University of Lucknow

  • University of Madras

  • University of Mumbai

  • University of North Bengal

  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

  • University of Rajasthan

  • Utkal University

  • V. V. Giri National Labour Institute (All Campuses)

  • Veer Kunwar Singh University

  • Vellore Institute of Technology

  • Vidyasagar University

  • Vignan University

  • Visva-Bharati University

  • West Bengal State University

  • West Bengal University of Health Sciences

  • Yenepoya University