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To be a leading Technology Transfer Organization in India.


To promote, develop, nurture and commercialize innovative, reliable and competitive technologies from R&D institutes through value addition and partnership.

To sensitize R&D institutions and industry about technologies that needs to be developed and commercialized.


National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) a Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) functioning under the administrative control of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology was established in 1953 as a Section 25 Company (Now Section 8 as per Companies Act, 2013) by the Government of India, with the primary objective to promote, develop and commercialise the technologies / know-how / inventions / patents / processes emanating from various national R&D institutions / Universities and is presently working under the administrative control of the Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology. During the past seven decade of its existence and in pursuance of its corporate goals, NRDC has forged strong links with the scientific and industrial community in India and abroad and developed a wide network of research institutions, academia and industry and made formal arrangements with them for the commercialisation of know-how developed in their laboratories and is now recognised as a large repository of wide range of technologies spread over almost all areas of industries, viz. Agriculture and Agro-processing, Chemicals including Pesticides, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, Bio Technology, Metallurgy, Electronics and Instrumentation, Building Materials, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics etc. It has licensed the indigenous technology to more than 5100 entrepreneurs and helped to establish a large number of small and medium scale industries. Besides being the torch bearer in the field of technology transfer, NRDC also undertakes number of activities under its structured promotional programme for encouragement and advancement of research, promotion of inventions and innovations such as meritorious inventions awards, Techno-Commercial support, Technical and financial assistance for IPR Protection, Value addition services and support for further development of technologies and much more.  NRDC has also successfully exported technologies and services to both developed as well as the developing countries. NRDC is recognised, particularly in the developing countries, as the source of reliable appropriate technology, machines and services, which are typically suitable for these countries.

NRDC acquires technologies from various R&D sources, adds value and commercializes them through the industries. Since inception, NRDC has concluded more than 5000 license agreements representing technologies in almost all industry sectors. Besides this, it has facilitated in filing over 2000 patents in India.

  1. Functions of NRDC

Operations of NRDC are two fold viz., commercial and promotional.

    1. Commercial
  1. Technology Transfer: The technologies acquired by NRDC get transformed through value addition and are offered to industries for commercial exploitation. The technology transfer is facilitated by NRDC and the R&D organization to the industry for a consideration which forms the core revenue stream of NRDC.
  2. IP Consultancy: NRDC has the expertise and infrastructure to provide consultancy for the protection of intellectual properties originating from various sources. With the knowledge the experience in handling IP, NRDC conducts various IPR training programs to stake-holders.
  3. Consultancy Projects: With its inherent strength in handling technology transfer and managing IP, NRDC has undertaken several projects for providing support to various stake-holders.
  1. Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT): NRDC assists the Inter-Ministerial Board (IMB) of DPIIT for technically evaluating start-ups for their recognition to avail benefits extended by Govt. of India. Over 7500 applications of start-ups have been assessed.
  2. Indian Oil Corporation Start-up Scheme: NRDC is associated with IOCL for implementation of their Start-up Scheme from identification of start-ups, hand-holding to product launch.
  3. Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti of Ministry of Defense: NRDC has set-up IP facilitation cell at the DGQA for protecting and managing the IPs created in the Indian defense sector.
  4. ASEAN-India Innovation Platform: NRDC is implementing the Research & Innovation component of ASEAN-India Innovation Project sponsored by DST in which a databank of technologies from India and ASEAN countries are being developed.
  5. APEDA: NRDC has entered in to MoU with APEDA for mentoring and monitoring export oriented agri-based start-ups.
  6. Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI): Collaborated with MHI for implementation of Capital Goods Scheme for Enhancement of Competitiveness.
      1. Promotional

NRDC is implementing two promotional programs of the Government of India viz., PIII and PDTC.

  1. Program for Inspiring Inventors and Innovators (PIII): Objective of PIII is to encourage inventors and innovators for developing novel and innovative technologies and in the process render technical and financial assistance through various activities.
  1. Technology Development, Validation and Commercialization Program (TDVC): TDVC program is a Grant-in-Aid Scheme for providing financial support to start-ups, incubatees and MSMEs who focus on problem statements of the Indian society and manufacturing industry in the brick & mortar economy. Technologies at TRL 2 to 4 will be provided support to extent of Rs.1.00 crore for taking it to TRL 6 to 8 in Phase 1. Under Phase 2, further support of Rs.1.00 crore is provided against equity for putting-up commercial plant.
  2. Patent Assistance: The R&D fraternity are provided need-based financial assistance for filing of their IP in the country. Technical and financial support is extended up to grant of the IP.
  3. Managing Incubation Centres: NRDC has taken up several initiatives to support and encourage the start-up eco-system in the Country. With this objective, NRDC has established and has started to manage incubation centers to nurture technology driven start-ups for maturation into commercial ventures.
    1. NRDC Incubation Centre: The Corporation has created a physical and virtual space for incubating eight start-ups each who are working on novel solutions in the manufacturing industry space. These start-ups are being provided mentoring and hand-holding services, subsidized facilities for testing and fabrication at various networked laboratories, funding against equity, certification of incubation, Office and Conference facilities, etc.
    2. is a highly specialized start-up incubation facility created at CSIR-NAL Campus at Bengaluru in collaboration with CSIR-NAL and Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurs (FISE), Bengaluru (An initiative supported by Tata Trust) which was established and inaugurated in December 2021. This incubation facility encourages incubation of start-ups in the Aerospace and allied industry sectors.
    3. Innovative Technology Enabling Center (InTEC): InTEC is a start-up incubation facility created at CSRI-IMMT Campus at Bhubaneshwar which is now managed by the Corporation. This facility is for encouraging incubation of start-ups working in the area of materials, mining and allied industry sectors.
  1. Program for Development of Technologies for Commercialization (PDTC): Objective of PDTC is to provide support for development of technologies through value-addition, dissemination of information and provide capital through seed funding through various activities.
  1. Value addition to Technologies: NRDC carries out value addition of technologies through preparation of reports on market survey, basic engineering design, feasibility and detailed project report. This reports give insights and forecast on how the technology can be commercially exploited at an early stage.
  2. Seed funding: NRDC provides seed funding against equity to eligible technology based start-ups incubated in state/central Govt. incubators. The start-ups have to demonstrate innovative and technology intensive development with strong commercial value.
  3. Dissemination of Information on Technologies: NRDC carries out dissemination of information on technologies through its publications, participation in exhibitions, conducting industry interaction meets, etc.
    1. Publications: NRDC brings out two science and technology magazines viz., Invention Intelligence in English which is published bi-monthly and Awishkar in Hindi published every month.
    2. Exhibitions: NRDC participates in important high impact exhibitions organized by various agencies pan India to showcase information on technologies and services.
    3. Industry Meets: NRDC conducts industry meets pan India along with various stake-holders to showcase high impact technologies ready for commercialization to the industry representatives directly.
    4. Outreach Centers: In order to enhance its reach and visibility, NRDC has taken-up the initiative to open outreach centers pan India in high potential cities. These centers provide services for technology transfer, facilitate IP protection filing and allied services to stake-holders in the region.

Administrative Set-up of the Corporation

The Chairman & Managing Director of NRDC is Commodore Amit Rastogi (Retd). He is administrative head of NRDC and on all matters of policy and administration reports to Secretary, DSIR.

Telephone nos. Office : 29241212

The Secretary of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Dr N Kalaiselvi
Telephone nos. office :+91-11- 23710472, 23717053, 23731832

The Hon'able Union Minister of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences is Dr. Jitender Singh, 
Telephone nos. office :+91-11-22096894  





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