Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) Scheme

Ministry/Department : Ministry of Human Resource Development


The objective of this scheme is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.



  • The government support would include a total funding of Rs.414 crore on 1500 projects for policy themes in the social sciences at the cost of Rs. 20-25 Lakh per project.
  • Thematic Areas : Under the scheme, support is to be provided for projects on 11 broad thematic areas as follows:
    1. State and Democracy
    2. Urban transformation,
    3. Media, Culture and Society
    4. Employment, Skills and Rural transformation
    5. Governance, Innovation and Public Policy
    6. Growth, Macro-trade and Economic Policy
    7. Agriculture and Rural Development
    8. Health and Environment
    9. Science and Education
    10. Social Media and Technology
    11. Politics, Law and Economics.
  • The Sub-Theme areas will be decided on the basis of Expert Groups’ advice before notifying the scheme and calling for applications.
  • To ensure selection of projects through a transparent, competitive process on online mode.
  • To provide opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country, including all Universities (Central and State), private institutions.
  • ICSSR funded/recognised research institutes will also be eligible to submit research proposals on the given themes and sub-themes.
  • Nodal Agency : The Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.

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