NASI Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2019

NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2019

The award ceremony will be held on 8 November 2019 at Hyatt Regency Delhi

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards, first launched by Elsevier in 2006, is part of an Elsevier’s global initiative to support early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a broad range of disciplines. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier's collaboration with The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). The program honours outstanding young researchers in India who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work. As of 2018, 106 winners have been announced.

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The NASI – Scopus Young Scientist of the year receives:

  • A citation & a plaque
  • Cash prize of INR 75,000

The 13th NASI Scopus Young Scientist Awards will have 5 multi-disciplinary categories that are aligned with national missions of Make in India, Digital India, Healthy India and Clean India. If your research (both basic and applied) is empowering or can be a helpful technological tool for the above mentioned national missions, do not forget to mention it in your application as it can give your application an additional weightage.

Award Categories

The Awards for 2019 will be presented the following 5 multi-disciplinary categories. Please find below the list of the finalists:


    To recognize India’s most promising women researchers who have demonstrated excellence in scientific field. Female applicants only.


    Dr. Neetu Singh, Associate Professor, Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi


    Dr. Bindiya Arora, Assistant Professor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
      Dr. Swathi Kaliki, Head of DEU Institute for Eye Cancer, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad


    To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of AGRICULTURE and are committed to developing sustainable models that help in increasing food security and improving the quality of life of people living in rural areas.


    Dr. Rupesh Deshmukh, Ramanujan Fellow, National Agri- Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali


    Dr. Rachit Kumar Saxena, Senior Scientist, International Crops Research Institute(ICRISAT), Hyderabad
    Dr. Sumit Ghosh, Senior Scientist, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow


    To recognise India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of EARTH, OCEANOGRAPHIC,  ENVIRONMENTAL and ECOLOGICAL STUDIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES and ECOSYSTEM and are contributing to protecting our planet and conserving its natural resources.


    Dr. Anoop Sharad Mahajan, Scientist Engineer, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune


    Prof.Basker Sundararaju, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
    Dr. Sounak Roy, Associate Professor, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus


    To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES and are making groundbreaking contributions toward improving health and wellbeing of citizens.


    Dr. N Ravi Sundaresan, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru


    Prof. Susanta Kar, Senior Scientist, CSIR Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow
    Prof. Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi, Associate Professor, IIT Bhopal


    To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY and are harnessing it to drive disruptive and sustainable growth, with a potential for high industrial and/or societal impact.


    Dr. Debabrata Maiti, Associate Professor, IIT Bombay


    Dr. Karun Rawat, Assistant professor, IIT Roorkee
    Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen, Associate Professor, IIT Madras

Eligibility Criteria

  • An Indian citizen, residing and working in India
  • Has completed at least PhD/MD or equivalent degree
  • Must be born on or after January 1st, 1979
  • Female only application for Women in Science Award Category

Activity entered for this award must have been:

  • undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries
  • published in one or more respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s) and the publication must indexed in Scopus

Application Process

Each male applicant must apply only under one category. A female applicant can apply under Women in Science and one other category. 

Download the application form here

Download the nomination form here

She/He must submit both the Application Form and the Nomination Form, complete in all respect with the supporting documents, to Elsevier latest by 30th June, 2019.

**Please note that you can send the complete application (in hard copy) to the address below:

Aparajita Verma
Marketing Manager - South Asia
Elsevier Research Solutions
14th Floor, Building No: 10B
DLF Cyber City, Phase II, Gurgaon 122002, India

Applications, complete in all respect with the supporting documents and received latest by 30th June, 2019, will be judged by a panel of subject experts from India's academic community on criteria as:

  • Quality and number of publications
  • Nature and uniqueness of research
  • Outcomes of research
  • Impact on society
  • Vision of the researcher


If you would like more information about the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist of the year award, please get in touch with:

Aparajita Verma
Marketing Manager, South Asia
Elsevier-Research Solutions Sales
Tel : +91 124 477 4632 |

Highlights of the 12th NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2018

The Honorable Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, presided over the 12th NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2018 at a gala ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan in the nation’s capital. The Awards recognize young early career researchers from the scientific community who have contributed towards bolstering key flagship national programs through their body of research work such as the “Make in India”, “Digital India”, “Healthy India” and “Clean India” initiatives.

About 800 applications were submitted for the 2018 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards from researchers of premier academic institutions across India. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and applications were judged by a panel of 19 subject experts from India's academic community. The awards were given to winners in 5 multi disciplinary subject categories.

NASI - Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2018 Winners

Agriculture, Plant Sciences and Rural Development

Dr. Jitender Giri, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi

Biomedical Research and Healthcare

Dr. Maddika Subba Reddy, Group Leader and Staff Scientist- V, CDFD, Hyderabad

Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development

Dr. Vimal Chandra Srivastava, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee

Innovation in Engineering and Physical Sciences

Dr. Ajay Singh Karakoti, Associate Professor, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad

Women in Science

Dr. Zhumur Ghosh, Bose Institute, Kolkata

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Television Coverage on Rajya Sabha TV:

Vice President's Speech | NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2018

Scientists must address challenges like climate change, global warming: Vice President

Television Interview of Dr. Jitender Giri, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi

Press release:

Elsevier: Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, awards honors to winners of the 2018 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards

VP  secretariat:Advancement of Science & Technology, inclusive approach is crucial to become a developed nation_ VP

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