The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi lays a strong emphasis on the sponsored research and industrial interaction. The Industrial Research & Development (IRD) Unit was specifically set up in the Institute to provide specialized administrative and managerial support for the operation of Sponsored Research Projects, Consultancy Jobs and other related R&D activities. Over the years, the institute has set up many modern laboratories and is continuously supporting infrastructure through these projects.
Major IRD Activities include administrative and accounting support for:
- Sponsored Research Projects
- Consultancy Jobs
- Institute Sponsored High Impact Projects
- Research Grant for New faculty
- Recruitment of Project staff
- Professional Development Fund (PDF)
- Departmental Development Fund
- Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
- Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA)
- Sponsored Fellowships
- Student Assistantships from Projects
- Fellowships and Travel Assistance to Research Scholars
- Industry Sponsored M. Tech. Programmes
- A few major projects such as INDEST, Eklavya, NPTEL on behalf of the Institute
- National and International Conferences, Symposiums and Seminars etc
- Open House
The Institute has given due emphasis to jobs of varied nature like trouble shooting, product and process development, design checks and investigation of problems of direct relevance to the needs of the country through time-bound Sponsored Research and Consultancy projects.
To achieve enhanced industrial participation in engineering education, the Institute has undertaken industry sponsored Masters Degree programmes such as “VLSI Design Tools & Technology”, “Construction Technology and Management” and “Power Generation Technology”.
The Institute is actively involved in collaborative research programmes with international organizations/universities to remain at the forefront of scientific and technological developments and to share this knowledge. A large number of collaborative Research Projects are under operation with Institutes/Organizations of Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, European Commission, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Netherland, Nepal, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA, etc. Major research activities have also been undertaken in the areas of national importance.
The Institute has also been undertaking Consultancy Assignments with International Organizations like Bulk Testing International, France; Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Asian Office of Aerospace R&D, Japan; Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Japan; LG Electronics Inc., Korea; Panchkanya Plast (P) Ltd., Nepal; Common Fund for Commodities, Netherlands; Escom Research and Innovation Department, South Africa; Uppasala University, Sweden; National Property Board, Sweden; McLellan and Partners Ltd, UK; Marvel Chemicals Ltd, UK; Aquatech International Corp., USA; Fushi Copperweld Inc., USA; PPG Industries Inc., USA; United Technologies Corp./Pratt & Whitney, USA; McAfee Inc., USA; Safe Water Network, USA; Gulf Coast Technical Service, USA; Corning Inc., USA; Biomorphic VLSI Inc., USA; Institute for the Future, USA; Yardi Systems, USA, Dezaview LLC, USA, Jaipraksh Associates Ltd., Bhutan, Owens Corning Sales, LLC,USA, Ahlstrom Nonwovens LLC, USA and Universities/Institutions abroad.
In an effort to encourage research and development at grass root level, undergraduate students at the Institute are encouraged to inculcate their activities towards research while pursuing studies. To achieve this, a scheme called Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) was introduced. Under this scheme, students are required to submit the project proposals in association with identified Faculty of the Department/Centre to act as an Administrative Facilitator and a Guide.
IRD Unit plays an important role by providing a one-time grant of up to Rupees One Lac to new faculty member who joins the Institute. This assistance is being given to the new faculty so that they can initiate new projects, which may subsequently be submitted to various funding agencies. Assistantships/Fellowships are provided by IRD to the Ph.D. students during their 5th year. IRD provides support in the form of Gap Period Assistantship for both M.Tech./MS(R) and Ph.D. students who are drawing their fellowship/assistantship from the projects. These assistantships will be provided to the students once the projects get over and there is no other project to pay their assistantship. M.Tech/MS(R) students can be supported for a maximum gap period of six months and Ph.D. students would be supported for a maximum gap period of one year.