Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy

Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) aims to promote an innovative culture for trans-disciplinary research especially in universities and colleges.


Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) plans to add new disciplines for research support with a thrust on research capacity building, trans-disciplinary research facilitating India’s developing economy. The specific focus of the scheme is to support high-impact research in thrust areas of humanities and human sciences including arts, Indian languages, culture and knowledge systems through networking of experts from institutions and organisations across India. An advisory committee has been set up by the UGC to oversee the entire scheme.

STRIDE will support the following innovative research projects:

  • Socially relevant
  • Locally need-based
  • Nationally important
  • Globally significant

STRIDE shall support basic, applied and transformational action research for India’s developing economy to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will facilitate overall human development. To access the Stride Operational Guidelines click here.


The main objectives of STRIDE are:

  • To identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity, promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research for India’s developing economy and national development.
  • To fund multi-institutional network high-impact research projects in humanities and human sciences.

STRIDE Components

Component 1

Component 1 will endeavor to identify the motivated young talents with research and innovation aptitude in universities and colleges. The scheme will provide research capacity building in diverse disciplines by mentoring, nurturing and supporting young talents to innovate pragmatic solutions for local, regional, national and global problems. This component is open to all disciplines for grants up to 1 crore. (For all disciplines and duration 3 years)

Component 2

Component 2 will be mainly to enhance problem-solving skills with help of social innovation and action research to improve the well-being of people and contribute for India’s developing economy. Collaborations between universities, government, voluntary organizations and industries are encouraged under this scheme. This component is open to all disciplines for grants up to 50 lakhs to 1 crore. (For all disciplines and duration 3 years)

Component 3

Component 3 will fund high-impact research projects in the identified thrust areas in humanities and human sciences through a national network of eminent scientists from leading institutions. Disciplines eligible for funding under this component include Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Indian Languages and Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems, Law, Education, Journalism & Mass Communication, Commerce, Management, Environment and Sustainable Development. Grant available for this component is up to 1 crore for one HEI and up to 5 crores for a multi-institutional network. (Duration 5 years). To encourage high-quality high impact research in humanities, there is a provision to identify experts and invite them to develop a proposal. UGC is also proposing to provide a grant of Rs. 2 lakhs for developing proposals.

Thrust Areas

  • Philosophy
  • History, Archaeology, and Anthropology
  • Psychology, Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
  • Literature, Linguistics, and Digital Humanities
  • Indology, Indian Languages
  • Indian Knowledge Systems
  • Liberal Arts, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies
  • Law
  • Education, Continuing Education, Technology-Enabled Education
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Management and Commerce
  • Environment and Sustainable Development


List of students selected for the STRIDE programme

STRIDE Rank list

Dear Student,
 Our college is one among the 18 colleges selected for the prestigious Scheme for
Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE)
( of the UGC.
 This is a golden opportunity for you to become a part of this three-year project titled
An Institutional Project for the Sustainability Initiatives in the Western Ghats in
the Idukki District in Kerala which addresses the study of the sustainability issues
in Idukki region in the backdrop of the Gadgil, Kasturirangan, and Oommen
Committee reports.
 There will be a chance for 100 selected students to join this project as ‘UG research
fellow’. Selection will be based on an interview for assessing your commitment and
 The project will make your academic life exciting and dynamic and will facilitate your
intellectual growth.
 Through this trans-disciplinary research, you will get an exciting opportunity to
interact with specialists from different areas and to carry out an action-oriented and
high-impact research activity.
 The project involves a field study which requires traveling to the various villages in
Idukki district and spending time with the local people, conducting surveys, holding
meetings, interviewing people as a part of a systematic study, under the supervision
from your teachers.
 The studies which you conduct can percolate into a curricular project for your final
 You will be financially supported for your travel to, and the stay at, the various
exotic locations in the District.
 If you assess yourselves as sincere and excited about reaching out to common
people and interacting with them, interested in involving in solving problems faced
by them, committed to a cause to the end, and aspiring to do your curricular project
differently, then, you are a suitable candidate.
 If so, please do fill up the details given.

STRIDE project