NSTMIS undertakes broadly two types of research activities:
  • In-house Research
  • Sponsored Research

In-house Research

  • National Survey on resources devoted to S&T activities in the country.
  • National Level database on Extramural (sponsored) R&D projects.
As an outcome of above in-house research, NSTMIS brings out publications in the area of S&T management.

Sponsored Research

While some of the valuable basic data on input resources into S&T activities were processed in -house, it was felt necessary to involve other interested individuals/organisations to take up studies in the sponsored project mode in order to convert this activity into a very comprehensive and cohesive plan programme to make available Science and Technology indicators. Keeping this in view, the divisional activities were further strengthened during Seventh Five Year Plan (1985-90) by enlarging the scope and including the following :

  • Mismatch between employment and output of S&T personnel.
  • Estimation of short term and long term requirement of different categories of scientific manpower particularly in new emerging areas of S&T.
  • Cross country analysis of S&T personnel.
  • Establishing computerized information system on S&T manpower.
  • Databases on R&D resources, projects, institutions, experts, equipment, other infrastructure facilities.
  • Development of S&T indicators.
  • R&D management and policy issues.

To carry out the above activities the following broad areas were identified for taking up resource studies in the sponsored mode under the NSTMIS scheme viz, S&T manpower, S&T investment, S&T infrastructure, S&T databases, R&D output, R&D productivity/efficiency.

The Plan-wise growth of financial allocation under the NSTMIS Scheme have been:

7th Five Year Plan (1985-90) Rs. 2.5 million
8th Five Year Plan (1992-97) Rs. 30.0 million
9th Five Year Plan (1997- 2002) Rs. 50.0 million
10th Five Year Plan (2002-2007) Rs. 72.5 million
11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012) Rs. 100.0 million
12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) Rs. 150.0 million

So far, more than 200 projects on the various facets of S&T have been sponsored in the last three decades to various organisations/ establishments spread across the country and the results of over 150 completed projects have already been published in the form of reports.


NSTMIS division maintains a close liaison with UNESCO, NSF, OECD, etc. for matters relating to S&T statistics and indicators. NSTMIS officers are taken as resource persons by UNESCO for the various workshops conducted by them on standardisation of concepts and terminologies used in S&T statistics. NSTMIS expertise has also been shared with other developing nations like China and Trinidad and Tobago. Apart from this, NSTMIS continually interacts with various national organisations like NITI Aayog erstwhile Planning Commission , , University Grants Commission,Central Statistical Organisation, Confederation of Indian Industries and other scientific organisations for exchange of information and expertise related to Science Statistics and Indicators.