IHFC collaboration with National Science Foundation, USA

IHFC collaborates with National Science Foundation (NSF), USA to expand frontiers in Cobotics research. We will provide supplemental funding requests (see the DCRCL below) to our Grand Project PIs to conduct India-US collaborative research in Cobotics.

Dear Cobotics Research Colleague Letter: Supplemental Funding Requests to Conduct India-US Collaborative Research

Date: 7th February 2022

Dear IHFC Research Colleagues,
With this Dear Cobotics Research Colleague Letter (DCRCL), I-Hub Foundation for Cobotics (IHFC), the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at IIT Delhi wishes to notify the researchers working on the Cobotics projects of their intention to support supplemental funding requests for active research awards to conduct India-United States (India-US) Collaborative Research. These supplemental funding requests are anticipated to be up to Rs. 50,00,000/-. Funded supplements will provide support for periods of up to one year, but not to exceed the existing award periods.
This collaborative research will be with research institutes under the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Directorate for Engineering (ENG), USA. The documents pertaining to India-US research collaborations on Cobotics will shortly be posted on the IHFC website soon with all the necessary information related to eligibility, proposal format, selection criteria, and mechanism for funding the joint work.

Active IHFC-funded researchers from the areas of

  1. Medical Simulations
  2. Drone Technology & Applications
  3. Healthcare Robotics
  4. Rehabilitation Robotics
  5. Human-Robot Interactions
  6. Intelligent Sensing & Secured Communications
  7. Industry 4.0 & Beyond

may propose, as part of their supplemental funding requests, a collaborative project with their American counterpart (please see DCL at NSF website). IHFC-funded researchers can identify potential American counterparts via information posted at the IHFC website. The major relevant NSF Programs related to Cobotics are:

1. Computer Network Systems; 2. Cyber-Physical Systems; 3. Division of Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) Core Programs viz. IIS: Human-Centered Computing (HCC); IIS: Information Integration and Informatics (III), IIS: Robust Intelligence (RI); 4. Foundational Research in Robotics; and 5. Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science.

A small fraction of suitable such NSF projects will be shared subsequently to give you a sense of the types of NSF research projects. Supplemental funding awarded pursuant to this DCRCL may be used by the project team to support the time of the PI, Co-PIs, other senior personnel, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, or travel to conduct collaborative research with American researchers.

All supplemental funding requests will be subject to IHFC's merit review process, as described in the IHFC-NSF Research Grant Guidelines which will be shared subsequently. Each supplement funding request must follow the guidelines and must be in the same scope as the proposal submitted in response to a call from participating NSF program.

The content in the supplement request should be organized by addressing the following items:

  • Summary of the current IHFC Grand Project, including original research vision, goals, activities, and accomplishments, spanning intellectual merit and broader impacts and how this award is related to the proposed work (about one page)
  • The project description (this should be the same as submitted to the collaborating NSF awarded Institute)
  • Bio-sketch of IHFC PI (one page)
  • Bio-sketch of the PI of the NSF Project (one page)
  • The rationale for the need for supplementary funds should be discussed as part of the budget justification of the supplementary request

The deadline for submission of supplemental funding requests for consideration is April 25, 2022

PIs interested in submitting supplemental funding requests (or with other questions pertaining to this DCRCL) are strongly encouraged to contact one of the following persons prior to submitting:

  • Prof. Subir Kumar Saha, Project Director, IHFC, saha@ihfc.co.in
  • Ashutosh Dutt Sharma, CEO, IHFC, Ashutosh@ihfc.co.in
  • Dr. Susha Lekshmi S.U., Program Manager, IHFC, susha@ihfc.co.in