GOI approval for research in India

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at CCAT.SAS.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jun 13 13:27:09 UTC 2005

VYAKARAN: South Asian Languages and Linguistics Net
Editors:  Tej K. Bhatia, Syracuse University, New York
          John Peterson, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
Details:  Send email to listserv at listserv.syr.edu and say: INFO VYAKARAN
Subscribe:Send email to listserv at listserv.syr.edu and say:
          (Substitute your real name for first_name last_name)
Archives: http://listserv.syr.edu

Forwarded from Linguist-List,

From: Richard Sproat <rws at uiuc.edu>
Subject: Approval Required for Research with Colleagues in India

Anyone who is contemplating applying for funds for doing research
involving collaboration with colleagues in India, especially research
involving human subjects (broadly construed) should pay attention to the
following message. It is the general policy of the Government of India
that projects where funds come into India from the outside, need approval
from one or more Indian Government organizations.



I have posted some guidelines that specifically focus on biomedical
research, which includes anything involving human subjects --- including
non-invasive psycholinguistic research. Some of the contact information at
the end is out of date, but the process is as described there, and the
Health and Human Services contact, Dr. Vaneet Arora (stationed at the US
Embassy in New Delhi) is still the right person to contact about these

The reason I am posting this information is that our funding agencies,
such as NIH or NSF seem to be largely ignorant of these requirements. The
reason this is an issue is that it can take six months or more to obtain
Government of India approval. I found all this out the hard way after
being notified that an NIH grant I had applied for (for collaborative work
on psycholinguistic issues in processing Indian scripts -- not a study
that involves any invasive procedures) was approved by the NIH. It then
developed (over a matter of a couple of months) that before the award
could be made, GoI approval had to be obtained.

It is thereforely strongly recommended that you have your Indian
colleague(s) start the process at their end as soon as you apply for US
Government funds, and that you not wait until your project has been
awarded funding. According to the HHS attache's at the US Embassy in New
Delhi (with whom I met a couple of weeks ago), they have tried repeatedly
to get the NIH to make this information available to applicants, but that
their suggestions have mostly fallen on deaf ears.

So be forewarned.

--Richard Sproat

More information about the Vyakaran mailing list