28th Meet the Investor: Awareness Talk on the United States-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF)
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 | Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Networking tea and registrations start at 3pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Venture Center, 100 NCL Innovation Park

About the talk:

Through the talk, Dr. Tayal hopes to create awareness about the IUSSTF-administered fund called United States-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF), through which Grant-in-Aid funding support is provided to start-up initiatives up to the extent of INR 25 million / USD 400,000.

The 8th Call for Proposals under this program has recently been announced and online submission is currently open with a deadline of 31 July 2017.

About the speaker:

Dr Rajiv Tayal is currently leading the bi-national Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) as its Executive Director. In addition, he personally drives innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives for start-ups to translate new ideas into tangible business opportunities.

He has earlier worked in industrial R&D, dealing with various facets of technology development and project implementation / management. He has been involved in the development of several processes / technologies for new products, which were put to real life implementation.

Prior to his current position in IUSSTF, he was working as an Advisor in the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, dealing with the overall science & technology policy framework and several direct interventions through a vast range of schemes and programs related to promotion of scientific research and capacity building. At the time of relinquishing his charge in DST, he was the Heading two Program Divisions, namely SPLICE and IS-STAC. In addition to his responsibilities in DST, he had concurrently made foundational contribution to the formation and operationalization of Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statuary body created by an Act of Indian Parliament under DST, and spearheaded various R&D programs under its ambit.

He holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Project Management. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, FNAE and The Institution of Engineers (India), FIE.

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