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  • One of the oldest medical research bodies in the world
  • Prime body for biomedical research in India
  • Encourages young scientists through a total of 11 awards
  • Involved in prime disease based-research programmes in India

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research and is also one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.

The Government of India had set up the Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA) in 1911, with the specific objective of sponsoring and coordinating medical research in the country. This was later redesigned in 1949, to form the ICMR, with considerably expanded scope of functions. The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The council promotes biomedical research in the country through intramural as well as extramural research. Intramural research is carried out currently through the Council's 32 Research Institutes/Centres/Units. Extramural research is promoted by ICMR through setting up of Centres for Advanced Research, Task Forces and even open-ended research. ICMR also encourages human resource development in biomedical research through research fellowships.


ICMR: Innovation in Biomedical Research

2010 Transfer of technology by CRME, Madurai, under the ICMR, to the Department of Public Health, Tamil Nadu 'in detection of antigen for JE virus'
2007 Launches Clinical Trial Registry of India
1986 ICMR Genetic Research Centre is established in Mumbai
1972 National Institute of Nutrition under ICMR starts extensive research on health of tribal population
Research and Development
India is presently ranked 76th among a total of 143 economies, as per the Global Innovation Index (GII).