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About The SUPREME Initiative


The Union Minister of Science and Technology has launched the SUPREME initiative, which aims to provide financial assistance for the maintenance and upgrade of analytical instrumentation facilities (AIFs).


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Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About SUPREME Initiative
  2. Criterion for Selection

About SUPREME Initiative

Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Science and Technology

The Support for Up-gradation Preventive Repair and Maintenance of Equipment (SUPREME) is a government initiative that provides financial support for repair, upgradation, maintenance, retrofitting, or acquiring additional attachments to increase the functional capabilities of existing analytical instrumentation facilities.

Funding Pattern:
  • The funding pattern in the scheme would be 75:25 for all private and government-owned institutions (except for state-funded institutions for which 100% funding would be considered).
  • Different facilities created under the projects/ Analytical instrumentation facilities (AIFs) created earlier from the support of DST, only will be considered for the funding support under this Scheme.
  • Such facilities at institutions recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are eligible to apply for grants under this initiative.
  • Duration: The duration of support will be for a period not exceeding 3 years.

Criterion for Selection:

  • Apart from the academic and research merits of the organizations, details of how the revival of the research facility will benefit the scientific community/MSMEs/Startups will be taken into account for evaluating the proposals.
  • Proven records of the sample(s) analyzed, publications, patents, different beneficiaries/stakeholders associated with the facility and other parameters like Scientific Social Responsibility/industrial R&D components will be considered for screening of the proposals.
  • The selection process will be through a peer review mechanism and a visit to the organizations if necessary.
  • Expert Committee will evaluate the proposals and assist DST in making the final selection.

-Source: Times of India

February 2024