Task Force studies are national projects, centrally planned and coordinated and usually implemented on a multi-centric basis.  These projects are time-bound, with a goal-oriented approach and clearly defined targets, specific time frames and conducted by standardised and uniform methodologies. 

These task force projects are formulated taking into consideration the national priority areas of research. Collaborating scientists with expertise and infrastructure available to undertake such activities are identified by the Council itself through its Task Forces and other Expert Committees.  Peer review is a strong feature of ICMR for both adhoc and task force projects.

The ICMR’s permanent Institute/Centre can be one of the participating centre of Task Force multi-centric project.  In such cases the project has to be approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the respective Institute/Centre.