ICMR at a glance....

Activities & Achievements

About ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.

The ICMR has always attempted to address itself to the growing demands of scientific advances in biomedical research on the one hand, and to the need of finding practical solutions to the health problems of the country, on the other. The ICMR has come a long way from the days when it was known as the IRFA, but the Council is conscious of the fact that it still has miles to go in pursuit of scientific achievements as well as health targets. More.....


Translating Research into Action for Improving the Health of the Population


  • Generate, manage and disseminate new knowledge.
  • Increase focus on research on the health problems of the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and marginalized section of the society.
  • Harness and encourage the use of modern biology tools in addressing health concerns of the country.
  • Encourage innovations and translation related to diagnostics, treatment, methods/ vaccines for prevention.


  1. Apex body in India for formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research
  2. Conduct, coordinate and implement medical research for the benefit  of the Society
  3. Translating medical innovations in to products/processes and introducing them in to the public health system

Intramural Research

Intramural research is carried out currently through the Council's 26  Research Institutes/Centres. These include:

  1. 21 mission-oriented national institutes located in different parts of India that address themselves to research on specific areas such as tuberculosis, leprosy, cholera and diarrhoeal diseases, viral diseases including AIDS, malaria, kala-azar, vector control, nutrition, reproduction, immunohaematology, oncology, medical statistics, etc; 
  2. 5 Regional Medical Research Centres that address regional health problems, and also aim to strengthen or generate research capabilities in different geographic areas of the country.

Extramural Research

Extramural research is promoted by ICMR through

  1. Setting up Centres for Advanced Research in different research areas around existing expertise and infrastructure in selected departments of Medical Colleges, Universities and other non-ICMR Research Institutes.
  2. Task force studies which emphasise a time-bound, goal-oriented approach with clearly defined targets, specific time frames, tbl-standardized and uniform methodologies, and often a multicentric structure.
  3. Open-ended research on the basis of applications for grants-in-aid received from scientists in non-ICMR Research Institutes, Medical colleges, Universities etc. located in different parts of the country.


In addition to research activities, the ICMR encourages human resource development in biomedical research through

  1. Research Fellowships
  2. Short-Term Visiting Fellowships
  3. Short-Term Research Studentships
  4. Various Training Programmes and Workshops conducted by ICMR Institutes and Headquarters

Emeritus Scientist Scheme

For retired medical scientists and teachers, the Council offers the position of Emeritus Scientist to enable them to continue or take up research on specific biomedical topics. The Council also awards prizes to Indian scientists, in recognition of significant contributions to biomedical research. At present, the Council offers 38 awards, of which 11 are meant exclusively for young scientists (below 40 years).

In the context of the changing public health scene, the balancing of research efforts between different competing fields, especially when resources are severely limited, is a typical problem encountered in the management of medical research, particularly in developing countries. Infectious diseases and excessive population growth have continued to constitute the major priorities to be addressed in medical research throughout the past several decades. In addition to tackling these issues, in recent years, research has been intensified progressively on emerging health problems such as Cardiovascular diseases, Metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), Mental health problems, Neurological disorders, Blindness, Liver diseases, Hearing impairment, Cancer, Drug abuse, Accidents, Disabilities etc.. Research on Traditional Medicine/Herbal Remedies was revived with a disease-oriented approach. Attempts have been made to strengthen and streamline Medical Informatics and Communication to meet the growing demands and needs of the biomedical community. The Council is alert to new diseases and new dimensions of existing diseases, as exemplified by the rapid organization of a network of Surveillance Centres for AIDS in different states of India in 1986.


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.

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Department of Health Research

DHR aims to bring modern health technology to people by translating medical innovations into products/ processes and introducing them into the public health service.

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ICMR Annual Reports

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Guidance for International Collaboration

ICMR regularly organises joint scientific meetings, seminars, workshops, symposia on identified subjects of international cooperation.

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ICMR aided Symposia /Seminars/ Workshops/Courses/Conferences

The Council provides partial financial assistance via Grant-in-aid for organising Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops.

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ICMR Awards

The Indian Council of  Medical Research invites  APPLICATIONS / or NOMINATIONS from Indian Scientists for ICMR AWARDS/PRIZES every year in various fields of Biomedical Sciences.

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