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NABARD – Call for Research Proposals 2014

NABARD is inviting proposals for undertaking sponsored research studies from the recognized research institutions who are able to undertake studies and thereby meet the policy input requirements of NABARD. Researchers intending to avail funding from NABARD should submit their completed application forms in the given format by 15th August, 2014.

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NABARD – Call for Research Proposals


    • To widen the academic support from the research fraternity in supply of inputs for policy making of NABARD.
    • To simplify the procedure and synchronise the research activities supported by NABARD with that of organizational requirements.
    • To ensure timely and continuous flow of feedback from the ground level realities.


Approved research institutions, organizations, business school and other agencies which are engaged in action-oriented, applied research would be eligible to submit proposals.

Time Schedule for submission of application :

Hard copy of the completed application may be forwarded to

The Chief General Manager,
Department of Economic Analysis and Research,
4 –C, NABARD, Head Office, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051.

The applications completed in all sense, should reach NABARD, HO on or before 15 August 2014. Soft copies may be sent by email to dear@nabard.org.


The major themes of the research for 2014-15 are:

  1. Agriculture Value chain
  2. Rural Infrastructure and Rural-Urban Interface
  3. Rural Service Sector
  4. Resource Management options for rainfed agriculture

The studies may cover aspects of the themes indicated below. The issues mentioned are tentative and researchers are free to cover other relevant aspects they deem fit.

Agriculture Value chain

Focusing on agricultural value chains is essential for improving the efficiencies and tapping the synergies in the farm sector. The research agenda on this theme should focus on

    • Interdependencies among the various functions and stakeholders in the nexus of agricultural production and agribusiness.
    • Case Studies on existing Innovative financial practices, particularly in the field of institutional finance, which have been able to bring agri-commodity value chain to take advantage of the market opportunities. Lessons for financing institutions to develop suitable financial products for Value Chain Financing
    • Policy environment conduciveness for growth of sustainable agri-commodity value chain leading to greater level of food security / Governance issues in agri-commodity value chain development
    • Analysis of risk and risk perception along the agri-commodity value chain
    • Strategies to encourage public private partnerships to address financial and technical constraints to agri-commodity value chains to increase financial intermediation, particularly to ensure increased and effective role of small & marginalized section in the agri-commodity value chains

Rural Infrastructure and Rural-Urban Interface

    • Assessing the role and importance of rural infrastructure in accelerating rural economic growth, enhancing agricultural productivity and alleviating rural poverty
    • Addressing the potential interventions through PPP for private sector participation in strengthening rural infrastructure
    • Determining the potential, feasibility and viability of supporting micro infrastructure projects in rural areas.
    • Exploring the constraints faced by the rural infrastructure sector and suggest measures for enhancing the optimum potentials and benefits out of rural infra projects.
    • Exploring the issues and challenges associated with funding of rural infrastructure projects.
    • Providing urban amenities in rural areas such that there can be alternative growth centres and proper geographical distribution of economic activities

Rural Service Sector

    • Study the trend emerging in rural service sector, its subsectors and their various features such as economic, cultural, legal, technical, etc.
    • Look into the constituents of the rural service sector, especially on account of new economic outlook, inroads created by corporates in rural area.
    • Understand capital usage, labour intensity, skill level of labour/entrepreneur, skill gap, etc. in Rural Service Sector and suggestion to improve.
    • Present financial pattern and financing requirements of the enterprises, suggestion for improvement and development of financial products suited for changed environment / requirement.
    • Explore the constraints faced by the sector to the development and to suggest measures to overcome them.
    • Record location specific case studies / innovations / initiatives observed.

Resource Management options for rainfed agriculture

Rainfed areas are most vulnerable, socially, economically and ecologically. In spite of best efforts of several stakeholders not much seems to have happened. Hence, we may need to study what went right and what has to be done. The studies should focus on the following broad issues and should bring out actionable findings and isolate policy drivers.

    • Status of efforts made so far for rainfed areas and their impact.
    • Strategies to ensure sustainability of agriculture in rainfed areas through managing the vulnerabilities of the rainfed areas – from social, economic and ecological perspectives and improving living of standards of People
    • Identification of suitable technologies for dry lands for enhancing resource use efficiency and conservation.
    • Innovation in Delivery of inputs and services including credit and insurance.
    • Evaluation of watershed, water harvesting, other programmes and interventions to make them effective.


The research must be empirical (i.e. an analysis of the primary data to be collected by the agency through surveys or case studies and / or analysis of secondary data already published by official or other agencies) in nature having a bearing on rural service sector. The research should be original in nature and should not repeat the work already done or being done by other agencies. Except some part of survey works for data collection, research project/study cannot be outsourced by the agencies entirely or partly. However, NABARD may choose to collaborate in select projects by involving its officers in suitable manner.

Selection Procedures

The applicant need to submit proposal in the prescribed application format (Appendix 1). All the eligible proposals will be shortlisted. The proposals will be examined in terms of objectives, methodology suggested, coverage, etc. Principal Investigator (PI) of most appropriate 6 proposals will be advised to make presentation before a Screening Committee in NABARD, HO, Mumbai. Based on the merit and appropriateness of the proposals, 4-5 projects representing different regions/states will be selected for awarding the study. Preference will be given for study involving primary data based analysis. The track record of the institutions / Principal Investigator will also be considered while considering for sanction. The selected Institution/Agencies will be sanctioned projects with financial assistance from R&D Fund of NABARD. NABARD reserves the right to (i) invite applications outside of this fold of this advertisement and (ii) reject any proposal based on its own set criteria without assigning any reason. Its decision will be final in this regard and no further correspondence in any manner will be entertained.

Since we are planning to contract multistate studies, researchers desirous of taking up responsibility to coordinate the studies and consolidate the reports at the end may indicate their preference and the cost estimate for this on a separate sheet.

Duration of the Project

The project period will be 6 months from the date of commencement. The Institute should submit a draft report within 6 months from the date of acceptance of the offer/terms and conditions of the project. Extension of time period will not be allowed under any circumstances.

Final acceptance of the Report

The draft report will be reviewed by the experts (internal/external) and comments will be communicated to the agency for incorporating and modifying the report. The Institution will be asked to present the modified report in NABARD before the Screening/Expert Committee which will finalise the report/or suggest modification for refining.

Budget and Release of fund

Each project will be given a consolidated budget of Rs.10.00 lakh + Service Tax (wherever applicable). On acceptance of the terms and conditions of the study, 50% of the sanctioned amount will be released to the agency, as advance payment. Of the remaining amount 40 % will be released on acceptance of draft report and the remaining 10% will be paid after accepting the final report.

If the revised draft report is also not acceptable to NABARD and found not satisfactory, the remaining 50 % of the budget will not be released to the agency. The agency has to refund the advance amount released to them, in case of failure in submitting draft report of the project in time or abandoning the project.

In addition, travel costs of the Principal Investigator (airfare in respect of the shortest route in economy class and eligible taxi fare), in case of pre-sanction presentation and presentation of draft report will also be borne by NABARD (on reimbursement basis).


  • The agency involved have to accept the terms and conditions of the project and adhere to the time schedule.
  • Bi-monthly progress report of the project have to be sent in the prescribed format to NABARD regularly (within 10 days of completion of respective period).
  • The Institute shall not publish the reports or the results of study project without obtaining written permission from NABARD.
  • NABARD shall have the sole right to use the report or results of research for its internal use as also for training purposes after acknowledging the source.
  • Any statutory obligation arising out of the study Project / Programme, such as payment of income tax, shall be the exclusive responsibility of the agency. Exemption, if any, is required to be sought by the agency from the competent authority and file the certificate of exemption with the bank to avoid deduction at source. The details of this may be stated in the proposals submitted for R & D fund assistance.
  • NABARD retain the right to withdraw the sanction and recall the amount released in case of non-starter projects or in cases of unsatisfactory progress.

Appendix 1
Format for Application for Sponsored Research Project


Title of the Research Project / study


Name of the agency and address


Status of the applicant (indicate whether individual or organisation and in case of organisation indicate the legal status, mandate, main activities, etc.)


Details (name, designation, department) of  Principal Investigator (PI) (Attach a brief bio-data indicating his specialised area, qualification, experience, important publications, research projects / schemes undertaken, being carried out, etc.)


Details of important research projects / schemes being carried out by the PI and the sponsoring agency with financial support from various agencies / organisation, especially from NABARD.


Name / designation of other research staff to be associated with the project, person wise. (Attach a brief bio-data indicating his specialised area, qualification, experience, important publications, important research projects / schemes undertaken, being carried out)


Availability of technical staff and infrastructure in the agency to undertake the proposed project


Proposal details (self-contained details with regard to the nature of research project proposed )


Objectives of the Project (should be precise, problem oriented and achievable within the specified period of time.  Before specifying the objectives, a statement of the importance and the relevance of the problem in the background of which the objectives have been formulated, to be given.  The assumption made and a clear-cut formulation of the basic hypothesis to be tested also be given.)


Design of Study, methodology to be followed and sample size : (To be written as informative statements indicating essential phases, methodology and design with sketch of field visits proposed, data to be collected, statistical analysis proposed etc. Precise plan for on sample size, area coverage, etc. are to be given).


Arrangements for analysing and processing the data.

9. Work plan

Sr. No.

Items of work


Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

Month 5

Month 6






10.Financial aspects

    1. Non recurring expenditure

Sr. No


Amount (Rs.)






  10.2 Recurring

Sr. No.



Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

Month 5

Month 6


Salary / Honorarium




Stationery, typing, printing etc.




Other (specify)


Grand Total (10.1+10.2)    _____________________

  1. Are you willing to coordinate and consolidate?                              Yes / No.

(If yes, endorse cost estimates on separate sheet)

  1. Any other details, relevant to the project :

1.         Signature
            Name and Designation
            Date :
            ( Principal Investigator )

2.         Signature
            Name and Designation
            Date :
( Director of Research / Vice Chancellor )

Abhay N

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