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ISRO started the RESPOND (Sponsored Research) programme in the 1970s, with the
objective of encouraging academia to participate and contribute in various Space
related research activities. Under RESPOND, projects are taken up by
Universities/Academic Institutions in the areas of relevance to Space Programme.
ISRO has evolved the RESPOND programme through which necessary financial and
technical support is provided to academia in India for conducting research and
development activities related to Space Science, Space Technology and Space
Applications. This is the flagship programme of ISRO to promote the extra-mural
research in emerging areas of Space at Academia. To enable the faculty of
Universities/ Institutes to prepare suitable proposals of relevance to space
programme, a detailed list of R&D areas/sub areas /topics have been evolved as
per major programmes of ISRO, by the various centres of ISRO and published annually.
RESPOND programme is mutually beneficial to ISRO and Academia, wherein the rich
talent of Academia/ faculty is being harnessed to support the Nation’s Space
The main objective of the RESPOND Programme is to establish strong links with premiere academic institutions in the country to carry out research and developmental projects which are of relevance to Space and derive useful outputs of such R&D to support ISRO programmes. RESPOND programme aims to enhance academic base, generate quality human resources and infrastructure at the academic institutes to support the Indian Space programme. Under RESPOND, projects in the advanced areas of relevance to Space programme are encouraged to be taken up by premiere universities/academic institutions. ISRO helps these institutions to establish the necessary technical facilities and also provide fellowships to researchers to work on cutting edge research topics. The research studies conducted by the STC/ Academia are expected to be directed towards some of the future Space activities, which would be a good supplement to various missions undertaken by ISRO.
Status of Ongoing RESPOND Programme
Projects and Institutions supported under the RESPOND Programme as of
List of Completed Projects (2000- July 2023)
List of On-going Projects
Respond BASKET - 2023
ISRO Respond Coordiantors