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First Winners of the Tata Transformation Prize Announced Today, Celebrating Pathbreaking Innovation in India

Three rising stars in science are recognized for their cutting-edge solutions to food security, sustainability, and healthcare.

Published November 07, 2023

Mumbai, India – 7 November 2023: Tata Sons and The New York Academy of Sciences today announced the first Winners of the Tata Transformation Prize. The prize recognizes and supports visionary scientists in India who are developing innovative solutions to critical societal challenges.

Three scientists were selected from 169 entries by an international jury of renowned experts for their innovations in food security, sustainability, and healthcare. Each winner will receive INR 2 crores (approximately US$240,000) and will be honoured at a ceremony in Mumbai in December 2023. The jury included distinguished scientists, clinicians, technologists, and engineers spanning six continents from a variety of organizations, including IBM Research, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Public Health Foundation of India, and UN-Habitat.

The 2023 Tata Transformation Prize Winners are:

Food Security Winner: Shilpi Sharma, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Professor Shilpi Sharma was selected by the jury for her work in the engineering of the soil microbiome using synthetic microbial communities, called microBIOme-based soil TRANSFORMation (BIOTRANSFORM). Plant diseases threaten crop productivity and, consequently, the global economy. Unlike conventional farming that uses agrochemicals and synthetic fertilizers, soil amended organically has the natural ability to suppress a wide range of plant pathogens. Starting from naturally suppressive soil, Shilpi will catalog the active microbial players and their mechanism of suppression of a range of phytopathogens. Her work will be the first to map the natural suppressive potential of soil across six states of India and to harness this potential by microbiome engineering to facilitate sustainable agriculture in the country and beyond.

Sustainability Winner: Purnananda Guptasarma, PhD, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
Professor Purnananda Guptasarma was selected by the jury for his breakthrough methods to degrade polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic pollutant, using enzymes. PET is currently produced and used at unsustainable levels, creating worldwide plastic pollution and micro-plastic contamination in the air, water, and soil, as well as in animal and human bodies. Only 9% of PET is actually recycled worldwide. Guptasarma’s enzyme-driven strategy uses engineered thermostable enzymes and reactions to demonstrate that solid PET can be broken up into its smallest molecular building blocks with high yield and ultra-high purity to enable PET’s degradation and recycling into virgin plastic. Building on this proof of concept at the laboratory-scale, Guptasarma will further identify and improve enzymatic reagents and reactions for PET degradation and attempt to produce the best enzymes in quantities allowing pilot-scale PET-waste degradation and recycling.

Healthcare Winner: Anurag S. Rathore, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Professor Anurag S. Rathore is a healthcare pioneer aiming to reduce the manufacturing cost of biotherapeutics for treating cancer and autoimmune diseases, thus enabling equal access to these top-tier, expensive treatments currently out of reach for 90% of the Indian population. Rathore has established a state-of-the-art drug manufacturing facility with continuous processing that incorporates novel methods for real-time process monitoring and control. Rathore’s innovation is projected to reduce manufacturing costs by 50-75%, making best-in-class biotherapeutics for complex diseases significantly more affordable for Indian populations in need and further advancing India’s position at the forefront of global medical innovation.

N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, said, “We are extremely delighted to announce the first cohort of Tata Transformation Prize winners and their groundbreaking innovations aimed at solving India’s national problems in the areas of food security, sustainability, and healthcare. On behalf of Tata Sons, we are pleased to provide these scientists a global stage to take their technologies from India to the rest of the world.”

Nicholas Dirks, President and CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences, said, “Congratulations to the first Winners of the 2023 Tata Transformation Prize. From developing new soil enhancements to improve crop yield, creating methods to make critical medicines available to all, and developing techniques to tackle plastic pollution, these scientists are making important contributions to Indian society and the world. We also thank the jury for sharing their time and expertise in reviewing the submissions in the first year of the Tata Transformation Prize.”

ABOUT THE TATA TRANSFORMATION PRIZE

The Tata Transformation Prize was established in 2022 by Tata Sons and The New York Academy of Sciences to support breakthrough, innovative technologies that address India’s most significant 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 category, with INR 2 crores (approximately US$240,000) for each Winner. Click here for more information about the Tata Transformation Prize.

ABOUT THE TATA GROUP

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’.

Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture.

In 2022-23, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $150 billion (INR 12 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 1 million people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors. There are 29 publicly listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of $300 billion (INR 24 trillion) as on July 31, 2023. Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Tata Communications, Indian Hotels, Tata Digital, Air India and Tata Electronics. Website: https://www.tata.com

The Tata Transformation Prize is the latest in a series of prominent awards and scholarship programs The New York Academy of Sciences and its partners present each year to accomplished early-career and established scientists worldwide. These initiatives, along with education and professional development programs for students and young scientists, reflect the Academy’s broader commitment to strengthening and diversifying the pipeline for skilled and talented scientists globally. Please visit us online at nyas.org.

Media Contacts:

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Tata Sons

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Tata Transformation Prize

Applications for the 2024 Tata Transformation Prize are open March 1 – April 17. Submit your application here.

Overview

Supporting breakthrough, innovative technologies that address India’s greatest challenges.

By recognizing and supporting the implementation at scale of high-impact research, the Prize drives innovation in scientific disciplines of importance to India’s societal needs and economic competitiveness.

The Tata Transformation Prize leverages 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).

View the video below announcing the launch of 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

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
President & CEO
The New York Academy of Sciences

The Scientific Advisory Council are ambassadors of the Tata Transformation Prize, invited by Tata Sons and The New York Academy of Sciences to reach a broad and diverse pool of applicants and advise on Prize policies.

Winners are selected by a confidential jury, independently chosen by The New York Academy of Sciences, comprising world-leading topical experts from academia, industry, government, and beyond.

M. Lakshmi Kantam, PhD

Institute of Chemical Technology

Prabhu L. Pingali, PhD

Cornell University

K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM(Card)

Public Health Foundation of India

Karen C. Seto, PhD

Yale University

K. VijayRaghavan, PhD

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Meg Wirth

Maternova

Key Dates

March 1, 2024: Applications open for the 2024 Tata Transformation Prize.

April 17, 2024: Applications close for the 2024 Tata Transformation Prize.

Late Fall 2024: Ceremony recognizing the 2024 Tata Transformation Prize Winners.

Guidelines & Application Instructions

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 Eligibility Verification Form. See below for more details.

Applicants may only submit one application per annual Prize cycle.

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 innovations 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 and preliminary data.
  • Vision: The extent to which the proposed innovation will 1) challenge existing paradigms or practices and/or pursue an original approach, and 2) generate measurable, lasting, and wide-scale changes that address national needs and societal changes for underserved populations in India.
  • Feasibility: The extent to which the applicant 1) offers a realistic approach and implementation plan to achieve tangible, impactful results and 2) is well-positioned and capable of executing the proposed plan, and 3) the extent to which the proposed innovation is scalable in India.

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 Eligibility Verification Form.

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to submit a CV that includes:

  • Applicant name, current institution(s), and position title.
  • Education and training: including undergraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral training, with names of previous research advisor(s)/mentor(s).
  • Employment history and dates.
  • Honors and awards: including granting organizations and years received.
  • Peer-reviewed publications from entire research career.
    • Include separate sections for primary research and reviews/commentaries.
    • Do not include manuscripts submitted or in preparation.
    • Conference abstracts and proceedings should only be included if they are the primary way of disseminating new results in the applicant’s field, such as in computer science and mathematics.
  • Patents and patent applications: include patent title, 1-2 sentence synopsis and year submitted/approved
  • Research grants:
    • List funding for ongoing and completed projects on which the applicant is named as either Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (co-PI).
    • Include name of funding mechanism, funding agency, title of grant, and 2-3 sentence summary of the aims of the grant.
    • Specify whether applicant is PI or co-PI. For grants on which the applicant is a co-PI, also specify the amount awarded to applicant.
  • 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 committees].
  • Invited talks and lectures. Include year and inviting organization/institution.
Innovation Proposal

The Innovation Proposal should be accessible to another scientist working in the overarching Prize category (e.g., Sustainability). The proposal should be a maximum of five pages (11 or 12 point font and 1 inch margins). References and up to five figures with legends may be included on additional pages.

The proposal should include the following four sections. Page numbers are included as a guide, but do not need to be strictly followed. A strong application will address each component thoroughly.

Background & Significance (~0.5-0.75 page)

The applicant should describe:

  • The societal challenge and critical barrier to scientific progress the innovation seeks to address.
  • The prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project.

Please explain any terms or information that may not be obvious to a scientist outside of the applicant’s specialty.

Proof of Concept (~0.75-1 page)

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

Implementation Plan (~3 pages)

Applicants must present a clearly articulated and well-reasoned plan to scale up and implement the innovation. A robust and unbiased plan should identify potential challenges, alternative strategies, clear benchmarks for success, significant goals, and a tentative timeline by which the applicant expects to meet those goals. Early-stage projects should include a strategy to establish feasibility and manage risk.

The timeline should span approximately three years of implementation, over which significant progress is expected to be made.

Provide any necessary context to understand what successful scale-up and implementation would look like.

Identify any resources, such as specialized equipment that is required for the Implementation Plan. Indicate whether the applicant has access and, if not, how and when it will be obtained. Details can be provided in optional Letters of Support (see below).

Future Directions and Impact (~0.5 page)

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 your proposal on your scientific field, Indian society and beyond.

Letters of Support

Applicants may also include Letters of Support to substantiate access to key resources that are needed for the success of the proposed work. The letter should clearly state the commitment of the letter writer to give the applicant access to the reagent, sample, instrumentation, or support to establish techniques described in the proposal. Letters of Support should be on letterhead, signed, combined into a single pdf, and uploaded into the application portal.

Letters of Reference

Applicants are required to nominate two (2) individuals to submit confidential letters of reference.

Applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of two letter writers during the submission of materials. Letters of reference will be electronically requested and submitted via the web portal to ensure confidentiality.

We encourage applicants to share the Instructions for Letters of Reference with letter writers when requesting letters. Applicants may download these here.

We recommend that applicants petition letters from individuals who are recognized experts in their discipline/field and the societal challenges related to their proposed innovation. Letter writers should be intimately familiar with the applicant’s most significant research contributions and their impact on the applicant’s research field and beyond. Furthermore, we recommend that applicants share a summary of their innovation project with letter writers so that they can comment on the vision and potential of the project to generate wide-scale changes that address the needs of Indian society. They should also be able to describe how the applicant’s background and accomplishments prepare them to lead the implementation and scale-up of the project proposed.

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

Eligibility Verification Form

The applicant must receive verification of their eligibility from their institution in the form of a completed and signed Eligibility Verification Form. Completion of the form verifies that the applicant is employed by the institution in an eligible research role and has informed the institution of their intent to submit an application. The form must be signed by institutional leadership at the level of Department Head or higher. The signatory must be senior to the applicant.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can multiple collaborators working on a single project apply for the Tata Transformation Prize?

The Tata Transformation Prize is awarded to individuals. Team submissions are not eligible.

Prize funds may be used to support a collaborative group working to implement the proposed technology. However, they will be awarded directly to the applicant as the Principal Investigator (PI). Applicants may describe the scope of collaborator participation in their Innovation Proposal.

Can 4th year PhD candidates apply (i.e. applicants who have submitted their thesis but are awaiting a response and will receive degree in 2-3 months)?

No, at the time of application the applicant must have received their PhD.

Does the applicant need to hold a doctorate degree from an eligible institution and work at an eligible institution?

Applicants may have received a doctoral degree from any international or Indian institution, however they must currently be working at a listed eligible institution in India. It is not required that an applicant hold a degree from an eligible institution.

After receiving the Tata Transformation Prize, what is the time period for providing reports?

Award-winners will share research progress in intervals of one and three years after receiving the prize.

Do you have to be a certain age to apply for the Tata Transformation Prize?

No, there are no eligibility restrictions for applicants based on age.

What if a required document is not available by the application deadline?

Email tatatransformation@nyas.org for support.

How can Prize funds be spent?

Prize monies must be spent towards the implementation of the proposed innovation; however, Winners have full discretion as to how those funds will be distributed towards that purpose.

Winners bear full responsibility for how they distribute their Prize monies, including the distribution of funds to collaborators in support of the project.

Once received, Winners will be expected to report how their Prize monies are being spent towards the implementation of their innovation in 1- and 3-year Progress Reports, as described in the Prize Details.

Prize Details

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 2024.

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 on late Fall 2024.
  • Deliver a short presentation on their work at the annual Tata Transformation Prize Ceremony or Symposium in late Fall 2024. 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).

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
Eligible Institutions

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.

Expand for the Full 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

A

  • Academy of Maritime Education and Training
  • 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

  • B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology
  • Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Banasthali University
  • Bangabasi Morning College
  • Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health
  • Bennett University
  • Bharathiar University
  • Bharathidasan University
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  • BLDE University

C

  • 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
  • Centre for Brain Research
  • Centre for Public Health Research
  • Centurion University of Technology and Management
  • 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)

D

  • 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)

F

  • Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore
  • Forest Research Institute (Indian Institute of Forest Management)

G

  • 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

H

  • Haffkine Institute (All Campuses)
  • Heritage Institute of Technology
  • Himalayan University
  • Hindalco Hospital, Renukoot
  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute

I

  • IIMT University
  • Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
  • 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 Information Technology (All campuses)
  • 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 Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi
  • 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

J

  • 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

K

  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
  • Karkinos Foundation
  • 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)
  • Kumaraguru Institutions (All institutions)
  • Kumaun University
  • Kumbalathu Sankupillai Memorial Devaswom Board College
  • Kurukshetra University

L

  • LNM Institute of Information Technology
  • Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital
  • Lovely Professional University
  • LV Prasad Eye Institute

M

  • 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

N

  • 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 Agricultural Extension Management
  • National Institute of Biomedical Genomics
  • National Institute of Homeopathy (All Campuses)
  • National Institute of Immunology
  • 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

O

  • Oriental University

P

  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
  • Panjab University
  • Patna University
  • Periyar University
  • Physical Research Laboratory (All Campuses)
  • Plaksha University
  • 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

R

  • 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

S

  • Sangath
  • 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 Planning and Architecture (All campuses)
  • 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
  • Sister Nivedita University
  • SNS Institutions (All institutions)
  • 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

T

  • 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 Energy and Resources Institute
  • The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology
  • Thiagarajar College of Engineering

U

  • 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
  • Uplift
  • Utkal University

V

  • V. V. Giri National Labour Institute (All Campuses)
  • Veer Kunwar Singh University
  • Vellore Institute of Technology
  • Vidyasagar University
  • Vignan University
  • Visva-Bharati University
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University

W

  • West Bengal State University
  • West Bengal University of Health Sciences

Y

  • Yenepoya University
Past Winners

2023 Tata Transformation Prize Winner in Food Security

Prof. Shilpi Sharma’s research program examines the various biotic and abiotic factors shaping microbial diversity in different ecosystems, and then develop strategies to support environmental sustainability. She is specially interested in the rich and dynamic zone surrounding the plant roots, rhizosphere, which harbours microbial communities that directly impact plant’s fitness. She is involved in the development of next generation agri-biologicals by harnessing the potential of the microbiome associated with plants, for mitigation of phytopathogens and abiotic stresses like salinity and drought. In her ambitious proposal, Shilpi plans to tap the natural potential of some soil to restrict the manifestation of plant diseases. She aims to transform disease-conducive soil by first characterizing the active microbial players and their mechanism of suppression of a range of phytopathogens, in naturally suppressive soil. Upon identifying the mechanisms at play, and generating a culture bank of potent biocontrol strains, she will design synthetic microbial communities to transform disease-conducive soil to suppressive soil. The synthetic microbial communities have an upper hand over the conventional bioinoculants routinely applied in agriculture, as they are more robust and efficient under natural conditions. The objectives will be met by bringing together conventional methods as well as state-of-art techniques like culturomics, metagenomics and metabolomics. Her work will be the first to map the natural suppressive potential of soil across six states of India, and to employ microbiome engineering to facilitate sustainable agriculture in the country and beyond.

2023 Tata Transformation Prize Winner in Sustainability

Purnananda Guptasarma, PhD, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali

Prof. Purnananda Guptasarma is developing new and more effective methods for the degradation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic waste to its most fundamental building blocks, terephthalic acid (TPA) and ethylene glycol (EG). Despite early promise of their recyclability, only 9% of plastic products are recycled today, due to the difficulty of achieving purity of TPA, and maintaining quality over subsequent life cycles. Guptasarma has demonstrated a groundbreaking technique that utilizes enzymes, molecular tools that can perform chemical reactions, to break down solid PET into TPA and EG, by using one enzyme to efficiently degrade solid PET into TPA and other degradation intermediates that escape into solution, and another enzyme that remains in solution and convert the degradation intermediates into TPA and EG. The purity achieved by this use of synergy between carefully-selected enzymes leads to the formation of pure TPA in the laboratory, which can then be re-formed into new plastic from the ground up, theoretically enabling PET plastic recycling with near perfect efficiency. Guptasarma is now using bioprospecting approaches and a combination of rational and combinatorial protein improvement approaches involving protein engineering, biophysics and biochemistry, to enhance this method even further. The intention is to identify, improve and produce the best-performing enzymes in bulk quantities for the degradation of PET at pilot-scale beyond what has already been found to work in the laboratory.

2023 Tata Transformation Prize Winner in Healthcare

Anurag S. Rathore, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Prof. Anurag S. Rathore’s work aims to significantly reduce manufacturing costs and increase global accessibility for lifesaving biotherapeutics used to treat complex diseases including cancer and autoimmune diseases.Rathore has established India’s first and only state-of-the-art continuous processing facility and has successfully produced several biotherapeutics with an estimated 50-75% reduction in the cost of manufacturing. Importantly, Rathore’s team has established a novel approach that facilitates real-time monitoring and control to maintain the efficiency and quality of a continuous manufacturing process. This monitoring system requires expertise in widely disparate areas including process development, analytical characterization of biotherapeutic products, data analytics, process modelling, and artificial intelligence approaches such as machine learning. Rathore has demonstrated in his facility at IIT Delhi how these integrated process platforms can be created, product quality monitored in real-time, and any deviations effectively dealt with to prevent any disruptions in processing. Rathore and his group intend to implement these methods both in their own lab and at biopharmaceutical companies in India and abroad to improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. Rathore’s innovations are poised to not only increase access to life-saving therapies but also to position India as a global leader in medical manufacturing technology.

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Tata Sons and New York Academy of Sciences Announce Prize to Honour Scientists in India

The Tata Transformation Prize will recognize Indian scientists for research to solve societal needs and promote economic competitiveness

Mumbai, India – 4 January 2023: Tata Sons and The New York Academy of Sciences today announced the Tata Transformation Prize to recognize and support promising scientists in India who are developing innovative technological solutions to critical societal challenges.

The new prize will be awarded each year to three scientists for innovations in each of three areas: food security, sustainability, and healthcare. Each winner will each receive INR 2 crores, and will be honoured at a ceremony in India in December.

“This prize will accelerate breakthrough innovations by the Indian scientific community,” said Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons. “We hope this prize will help bring the transformational work of Indian scientists to light, reward them appropriately, and encourage them in taking solutions to market. The Tata Transformation Prize is one small way in which we will promote science and scientists to solve India’s national problems.”

Applicants for the prize must be active researchers with a doctoral degree, or equivalent, and be employed by an eligible university, institute, or other research organization in India. Applicants must propose technologies addressing food security, sustainability, or healthcare challenges with a focus on digital and technological transformation. Prize winners will be scientists whose proposed innovations re-imagine traditional practices and business models, transform technological paradigms, improve public trust, and promote an open and connected world.

“Pathbreaking research takes place in India, resulting in important advances in science around the world,” said Nicholas B. Dirks, President and CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences. “This prize is focused not only on science, but on innovative discoveries that put science to work for the betterment of society, to solving major global challenges in three core areas. We are so pleased to be working with Tata, and Chairman N. Chandrasekaran, to support scientific and technical innovation in India. It will also raise national and international awareness of India’s strengths in scientific research and development.”

The Tata Transformation Prize is the latest in a series of prominent awards and scholarship programs the Academy and its partners present each year to accomplished early-career and established scientists around the world. These initiatives, along with education and professional development programs for students and young scientists, reflect the Academy’s broader commitment to strengthening and diversifying the pipeline for skilled and talented scientists globally.

Click here for more information about the Tata Transformation Prize.

ABOUT THE TATA GROUP

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’.

Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture.

In 2021-22, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was US $128 billion (INR 9.6 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 935,000 people.

Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board of directors. There are 29 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of $311 billion (INR 23.6 trillion) as on March 31, 2022. Tata Group Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Indian Hotels, Tata Communications, Tata Electronics, Air India and Tata Digital.