Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B-ACER)

Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B-ACER)

Application submission deadline extended upto 15th December 2016

Recognizing that clean and efficient energy, environmental protection and energy security are among the biggest challenges facing India and the United States; the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum are committed to tackling these issues by building capacity in these frontier areas. To nurture future innovators and thought leaders in Biofuel and Bioenergy, we are happy to announce the Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B- ACER) – a dynamic and transformative program developed to nurture contacts between students and scientists from India and the United States.

The Program is envisaged to:

  • provide an opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities in leading US institutions;
  • promote research and capacity building in the frontline area of Biofuels and Bioenergy;
  • encourage and motivate outstanding students to take up research as a career path; and
  • pave the way for the next generation scientists and technologists from India to interact with American peers, thus helping to build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.

Priority Areas:

  • Systems & Synthetic Biology (to produce biofuels)
  • Feed stock improvement (microalgae, macro algae, cellulosic biomass, tree born oil)
  • Production Technology (cost-effective technology for bio-ethanol, algal biofuel, bio-butanol, bio-hydrogen, fuel cells, bio-refinery)


For Student Internships

  • Indian citizen currently pursuing a Ph.D. on a full-time basis in the field of Biofuel related area in public-funded R&D lab/S&T institution (non-private) / recognized academic institute / university /college in India.
  • Age: Upto 32 years as on 31st December 2016.

For Fellowships

  • Indian citizen with a Ph.D. in Life Science, Biotechnology, Engineering or Technology holding a regular permanent Position in public funded R & D lab/ S & T Institution /recognized universities/ colleges in India
  • Applicants must provide proof of independent research work in internationally recognized academic journals.
  • Open only to applicants working in the field of Biofuels
  • Age: Upto 45 years as on 31st December 2016.

Place of work:

The applicant should have a letter of acceptance from a reputed US scientific/technological institution/laboratory where he/she would undertake the research work under the Fellowship/Internship.

Fellowship/Internship includes:

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Air-fare
  • Contingency allowance


  • Internship: Minimum 3 months and upto 6 months
  • Fellowship: Minimum 3 months and upto 12 months

Downloadable Links:

Application Guidelines

Download Brochure

B-ACER Awardees : 2016

Applications should be submitted using our Online Application Portal for Visitation Programs. Hard copies and electronic copies of the application forms will not be accepted.

Applicants facing technical glitches in registering on the Online Application Portal may download the application format (given below) and email it along with all supporting documents in a single PDF file to

 Application Form (Internship)

Application Form (Fellowship)

Submission Deadline Extended: 15th December, 2016

For program information contact:

Dr. Sangita Kasture
Department of Biotechnology
Block 2, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Dr. Nishritha Bopana
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum
Fulbright House, 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi

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