National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems

National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS)

Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Science & Technology has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on NM-ICPS. It provides the details about the overall philosophy of the Mission, technology, strategy and overall Mission objectives. If any institute requires a copy of the DPR, the same may be supplied by email. All requests for DPR could be sent to Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Scientist ‘E’, ICPS Division at rajeevsharma[at]nic[dot]in.

NM-ICPS Mission invited proposals for establishment of 6 Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) in 6 technology verticals through SERB online portal. The last date for receipt of the proposals was 16th December 2019. However, the Mission has decided to invite proposals for establishment of 25 Hubs that includes 18 TIHs and 7 Sectoral Application Hubs (SAHs). The tentative list of technology verticals and the broad domains of applications are provided on the SERB website and accordingly the last date for receipt of proposals for all 25 Hubs is extended up to 16th January 2020.

Yes. Institute can propose new technologies or applications or combination of technologies. However, the proposed technology should be well within the CPS domain.

No. Each institute has to apply for only one technology vertical or one application area only. However, they can have number of partners and collaborators both from academia and industry and can connect other institutes in a hub and spoke model. There will be one lead agency and number of partnering agencies.

There will be variable funding for hubs. The level of funding will be decided by the Mission Governing Board (MGB). The range could be anywhere between Rs 30 to 120 crores for 5 years.

The Host Institutes (HIs) could submit a detailed proposal explaining the technical strength of the institute in the vertical they are applying, number of faculty who can dedicate time and energy, publications in the domain, Patents etc and other technical parameters. Once HI is selected, Mission will define the total quantum of funding for 5 years and provide a financial commitment. The SERB will provide a seed grant to initiate the process of establishment of a hub. It includes demarcation of the space, infrastructure creation, and recruitment of people, registration of Section 8 Company and other documentation thereto. Once the Host Institute establishes the Section 8 Company, that includes Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) as well, the remaining unspent balance available with the Host Institute will be transferred to Section 8 Company as a core corpus. There will be a tripartite agreement between Mission, Host Institute and Section 8 Company clearly depicting the roles and responsibilities of participating three parties. The subsequent releases from the Mission will be directly released by the Mission to the Section 8 Company. For initial seed grant released by the SERB, the Host Institute will submit UC/SC to the SERB. The Host Institute also have to notify the constitution of Hub Governing Body to manage entire activities of the hub.

Yes. As per the recent gazette notification by the Govt. of India, the DST and its institutes, its created bodies like hubs are entitled to receive CSR funds. Moreover, Hubs can bid for Govt/ Industry/ PSU/ State Govt projects and can provide consultancy also.

The financial support from the Mission is for 5 years only. After the completion of 5 years and achieving the said targets the hubs are to be continued in a self-sustaining mode.

The Mission has the following as targets. These targets are to be achieved through 25 hubs. MGB while deciding level of funding will also set targets for each hub.

Components Activity Targets
Technology Development No of Technologies (IP, Licensing, Patents etc.) 500
Technology Products 500
Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 1500
HRD & Skill Development High end Skill development 4000
Graduate Fellowships 6200
Post-Graduation Fellowships 1050
Doctoral Fellowships 525
Post-Doctoral Fellowships 525
Faculty Fellowships 105
Chair Professors 105
Entrepreneurs hip & Start- ups CPS-GCC - Grand Challenges and Competitions 4
CPS-Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (CPS-PRAYAS) 25
CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (CPS-EIR) 525
CPS-Start-ups & Spin-off companies 800
CPS-Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 25
CPS-Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (CPS-DIAL) 25
CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 25
International Collaborations International Collaborations 25

Note: The Mission will be implemented through these hubs and targets are to be realised through these hubs. While deciding the level of funding the MGB will set targets accordingly for each hub. The targets are non-negotiable. Further releases from the Mission will be based on the degree of achievement of targets by the each hub.

No. There will not be any new call for proposals for establishment of Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRPs). It was decided that from among these 25 hubs based on their performance, partnership strength, industry collaborators and overall performance of each hub, 4 out of 25 hubs will be elevated to TTRPs. The speed at which the Host Institute will complete the initial phase is also one of the parameters. All the 25 hubs will be keenly monitored, observed and evaluated after end of first year and after detailed interactions/discussions 4 of them will be elevated to TTRPs The detailed role of TTRPs are given in the DPR. Institutes are requested to consult the DPR document. The range of funding and level of support for TTRPs will be around Rs 300 to Rs 400 crores that includes the support already received from the Mission. Once a hub is elevated to TTRP, the targets will be modified and new targets will be set apart from other conditions. Final decision on these aspects will be taken by MGB

Industry collaborations are encouraged at the initial stage but is not a must. However, they need to develop a provide details of industry collaborations after end of 2 years, the collaborations in terms of technical, administrative and financial.

No. These Hubs are outward looking and will work as a single point source of all information related to that particular vertical or applications. Hub, in turn, can connect to all the researchers, institutes and other Centres of Excellence in a hub & spoke model. Each Hub will act like a mini-ministry wherein they can receive or support projects to other institutes, industry and work towards delivery of technologies or applications. Internal expertise/ capabilities are also to be used.

SERB is a statutory body under the Department of Science & Technology. The Mission took the help of SERB for selection of Host Institutes for 25 hubs, as they have internal expertise, capacity and outreach and IT capabilities. The initial seed grant will be provided by the SERB to the selected Host Institutes. Subsequent releases will be made by the Mission directly to the Section 8 companies of the hubs.

Once Host Institute is selected and given a particular technology vertical or an application:
1. Host Institute to create a Section 8 company and complete the registration documentation process.
2. Identify the required space, infrastructure, recruit project staff for the Section 8 Company, and create Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) and other essentials.
3. The Mission will sign MoU with Host Institute, Section 8 Company and define the targets, deliverables, timelines etc. Once MoU is signed, the Mission to release subsequent releases to the Section 8 Company directly. The Host Institute will submit the UC & SC for the initial seed grant to SERB and balance, if any, will be transferred to Section 8 Company. The Host Institute has to create the Hub Governing Body with the following structure:

Head of the Host Institute Chairman
Academic Representatives (not less than 2) Members
Industry Representatives (not less than 3) Members
Mission Director, Mission Office, DST Member
Project Director, Hub, Host Institute Member Secretary

Terms of Reference:
(a) The Hub Governing Body shall be the Apex body for overall supervision, control, directions and mid-course correction in the implementation of Hubs at Host Institutes.
(b) Will approve key guidelines for implementation of the Hub.
(c) Governing Bodies of each Hubs will be the final authority to provide guidelines for implementation and operating the Hubs and all other matters related to them. Governing Bodies will have full financial and administrative powers, including approvals to, re-appropriation of the budget within the ceiling of sanctioned budget, hire the appropriate manpower as per industry standards, sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International institutions and approve Collaboration foreign visits, partner with industry, receive/ support for projects in their domain areas to academic, R&D institutions, Industry, other funding agencies and linkages with existing TBIs or create a new TBI if there is no TBI in HI. Support for projects will be based on requirement, open call and with due scientific diligence and processes.
(d) Hubs Governing Body could co-opt eminent people (India/ abroad) as members.
(e) The Hubs Governing Body would meet as often as required and at least once in a year.
(f) Appoint sub-committees from time-to-time and assign and/or mandate them appropriate technical streams or assign tasks that fall within the scope of such Committees for efficient implementation of Hubs at Host Institutes.

The Mission at the apex level will be evaluated and monitored through Mission Governing Board (MGB). The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Inter- Ministerial Coordination Committee are two committees (IMCC) who will be technically evaluating and monitoring the each hub against the set targets, delivery etc.

There will be a total 18 Technology Innovation Hubs (TIHs) across the country. Each hub will specialize in one of the technology verticals. The main objective of the TIHs is to develop tool, algorithms so that it can be used by the Sectoral Application Hubs (SAHs). There could be generalised tools customised to fit the requirements of the applications. The TIHs have the role of developing technologies to meet the requirements of 7 number of SAHs. Also, each technology vertical has its own potential of translation and commercialization. They are free to pursue both the paths wherein the SAHs are to develop solutions to national issues, solve societal issue through technology and develop products which can be replicable and scalable. Each hub will depend on various contributing technologies from the other hubs. Therefore, the collaboration among the hubs are encouraged. No single hub and no single technology could meet the entire requirement of an application. Therefore, the convergence of technologies and collaboration among the hubs is the defining factor for the success of the Mission. As defined earlier, each hub is independent in their vertical at the same time contributing to the other hubs where that particular expertise is required. Fifty per cent of the funds are for collaboration among the hubs for delivery of a product. Once TTRPs are created, they will take up for commercialization and scale up. Each hub is also encouraged to go for commercialization, IP, licensing etc. The start-up eco-system, mentoring, nurturing, venture capital are to be linked with the TBIs so that the entire pipeline of innovation, translation and commercialization leading to spin off companies could be achieved.

The institutes can propose one primary area and also can mention about two secondary areas but proposal should be one from each institute. Depending upon the number of proposals received, the Committees will take a view on holistic basis and assign a particular technology vertical or application to a particular Host Institute.

Both, i.e., the Institutes who are having NIRF ranking (engineering) up to 50 or the Institutes having NIRF ranking (overall) up to 50 are eligible to apply apart from other conditions stipulated at SERB online submission portal. General Universities under 'overall' category of NIRF should have an Engineering/ Technology disciplines/ Engineering faculty departments and should be involved in teaching B.Tech/ B.E/ M.Tech/ M.E, PhD and research.

Yes. However, these combinations on technologies should be well within the CPS domain. SAC/MGB will take final call on this aspect.

For all practical purposes the status of hub is a Section 8 company working for not- for-profit created by Govt. of India (DST) through HI. However, the hubs are to update financial information in PFMS system and follow the EAT module for expenditure monitoring and utilisation.

Each hub will have its own Hub Governing Body (HGB). These HGBs are overall authority and has been delegated with administrative, technical and financial powers.

In that case one institute will become a lead partner (Hub) and others will be co- partners (Spokes). SAC/MGB will decide who will be lead partner and who will be co- partners. It will be a consensus based negotiations and agreement. Nothing will be imposed on any institute. Lead partner (Hub) will receive the entire fund as per MGB approvals. The hub will be responsible to achieve set targets and delivery. It is up to Hubs to decide on what component of work/expertise is to be assigned to spokes/ other institutes/ experts to deliver the tools or products etc.

No, it is part of activity of hubs, particularly TIHs. They supposed to develop generic technologies as far as possible. With minimal customisation/ fine tuning/ calibration etc. it can be applied in various application sectors. Required technology tools are pulled by SAHs rather than pushed by TIHs. Industry/ PSUs are another set of pull factors. All to be done well within approved budget. Once, a particular hub is elevated to TTRP, then only then there will be increase in budget. Terms of reference for TTRPs will be different from Hubs.