The Government of India has initiated a program on Ayurvedic Biology under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Programme will be implemented by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The SERB has constituted a Task Force to promote the application of basic sciences in the investigation of Ayurvedic concepts, procedures, and products, and nurture the discipline of Ayurvedic Biology.
The objective of the course is to develop a basic understanding of Ayurveda in terms of modern science. It will also help in promoting collaborative research with national institutions who are active in pursuing research activities on traditional medicine and may have shared interest in Ayurvedic biology.
The proposals can be submitted by an individual or by a team of investigators. Proposals submitted by a team of investigators must identify a Principal Investigator, who will spearhead the research objectives and administer the grant.
- Rasayana and degenerative diseases especially of the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems
- Prakriti and human genomics
- Role of pathya and nutritional sciences in health and disease
- Physiological, immunological and biochemical correlates of traditional Ayurvedic procedures such as Panchakarma
Proposals could be submitted at any time but would be considered by the Task Force only twice a year. Project proposals should be written with the same rigor as for any research proposal in any branch of modern science but the cues for the proposed study should emanate from the concept, procedures, or products of Ayurveda. Modern biology, immunology, and chemistry provide most of the tools for research in Ayurvedic Biology. The Task Force will not consider project proposals relating to the development, standardization, etc., of herbal drugs or reverse pharmacology; ethnopharmacology; or clinical trials of herbal products or Ayurvedic procedures for safety and efficacy. All projects should be the joint effort of scientists and Ayurvedic experts whose respective institutions should be involved in carrying out the study