Research Scheme

The Government of India is promoting Research and Development for the Indian power sector through Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), which promotes applied research leading to technology development in the power sector through “R&D schemes of Ministry of Power being implemented through CPRI” which consists of the following three schemes:

  • R&D under National Perspective Plan(NPP)
  • Research Scheme on Power (RSoP)
  • In-House R&D (IHRD)

R&D project proposals are invited by CPRI under the above Research schemes. For further details click the links below.

National Perspective Plans (NPP)

The Indian Power Sector is facing major challenges today with the introduction of reforms, globalization and liberalization policy of the government. Despite our country's the power system planners have given utmost importance to energy sector since beginning and there being manifold increase in installed generation capacity and transmission networks.

With increase in system expansion stability and security problems have become challenging. It is of vital importance to focus our attention now on ways and means to build expertise within the country, to find solutions for the problems existing in the system and also for the problems that may arise in the future. Research is urgently needed to bridge the knowledge and technology gaps, more so due to changes in technology today at a more profound and faster pace in the new millennium.

Realizing the importance of Research & Development, The Ministry of Power constituted a Standing Committee on R&D to frame national Perspective Plan for R&D in Indian Power Sector. While formulating the National Perspective Plan, it is important to critically review the growth of power sector, assess the existing R&D infrastructure in the country and identify the crucial R&D needs for the power sector. All the key players like CEA, CPRI, NTPC, POWERGRID, NHPC, NEEPCO, BBMB, DVC, NPTI, THDC, SJVNL, BHEL and IIT's have participated in this task and brought out R&D plan report.

Ministry of Power, Government of India constituted "Standing Committee on Research and Development" for identifying Research needs in Power Sector and draw a road map for research. The Committee was chaired by Chairperson, CEA and CPRI as member Convener. The Committee has experts in various fields as its members.

The Committee after lot of deliberations and brain storming sessions, brought out a report entitled "National Perspective Plan for R&D in Power Sector". The Committee while preparing the perspective plan report considered the following broad aspects.

  1. The basic and the applied Research and Development needs of the Power Sector.
  2. The National level and Organizational level Research and development plans.
  3. To channelizer the outcome of Research for the benefit to the customers and the operational efficiency of the power sector.

The crucial R&D needs required to bridge the technology gaps in various subsections of power sector (Generation, Transmission & Distribution), are identified and prioritized. The R&D needs aim at either improving design of an individual plant component and/or evolving cost efficient overall process. R&D needs also include taking advantage of the advances in IT, electronics and communication to improve the control & instrumentation system, data acquisition system and monitoring of system performance parameters. The major thrust areas for R&D are provided in the link below:

Research Scheme On Power (RSoP)

The aim of this Scheme is to ensure optimum utilization of the allocated fund with emphasis on maximizing the research benefits by better management of research projects under the scheme. This is in tune with the mandate of CPRI as an apex body for initiating and coordinating various research and developmental activities in the field of electric power by networking with various state electricity boards, Distribution companies and maintaining liaison with Academic Institutions engaged in research connected with power systems and/or power equipment in the country. The themes of the projects may be summarized as follows: 1) Decentralized generation 2) Power Electronics application to power system 3) Improvements in power generation, transmission and distribution systems 4) Advanced Remaining Life Assessment (RLA) methodologies 5) Information & Communication Technology applications to power sector 6) Insulation Engineering and Technology for HTS based Power Apparatus.

Research projects which are pertinent to the area of power sector development e.g. Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Renewables etc. can be taken up by the Utilities/Academic Institutions which can be funded under the RSoP scheme to enable them to address mainly local specific operational issues. In certain cases, the Utilities could associate R&D and academic institutions and take up the projects in a collaborative manner.

As far as possible, the projects to be devised with the involvement of relevant industries / utilities or ultimate beneficiary for smooth transfer of Technology.

Project Implementing organization proposing the project should ensure that the services of key investigators indicated in the project proposal are made available for the entire duration of the project.

Project proposals to be formulated after a thorough literature survey in order to ensure that similar work is not already done elsewhere.

Some of the thrust areas identified for Research under

In-House R&D (IHRD)

The IHRD scheme is exclusively for scientists and engineers of CPRI to enable them to take up research projects in areas of importance to the Power Sector and help the utilities and manufacturers of Indian Power Sector. Under this scheme, Research Projects are undertaken for: 1) Augmentation of Research and testing facilities. 2) Improvements / New techniques in testing / Diagnostic methods/Research studies. 3) Product / Process Improvements. 4) Improvement in products and 5) evolution of national standards.

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General Information on Proposal Submission


The projects approved under IHRD and RSoP scheme will be fully funded by Ministry of Power. It is expected that projects under the NPP scheme are 50% funded by MoP and 50% by a collaborating Industry.

Components of financial outlay of the project

The expenditure pertaining to the project proposal such as Equipment, Instruments, Travel, Consultancy, Hiring charges for temporary research staff, overheads and miscellaneous & incidentals can be built into the cost of the project. Generally, overhead charges @10% is allowed to be built into the cost of the project. Projects with the objective of only carrying out simulation studies and purchase of expensive software packages is not encouraged under this scheme.

Inclusion of salary component of permanent research staff is not encouraged. However cost towards hiring temporary research staff for the duration of the project is acceptable.


The proposals as and when received by CPRI are sent to external domain experts from various eminent Institutions and put up for techno-economic evaluation by a Technical Committee appointed by Director General, CPRI. Presently there are four technical committees pertaining to a specific domain viz. 1) Transmission 2) Generation-Thermal 3) Generation-Hydro 4) Grid, Distribution, and Energy Conservation.


The project proposals reviewed by experts will be evaluated by Technical Committee which is chaired by Professors from IITs and has participation from Utilities and Industry. The principal investigators will be normally required to defend their project at the Technical Committee meetings. The Committee while undertaking techno-economical evaluation specifically examines aspects of deliverables of the project and their impact on the Utility/Power Sector at large before recommending the proposal to the Competent Authority for approval.


Proposals recommended by Technical Committee after Techno-Economic evaluations are put up to the Competent Authority for according approval. Director General of CPRI is the approving authority for proposals having outlay up to 50 lakhs. Other projects are vetted by the Standing Committee on R&D (SCRD) chaired by Chairperson, CEA. The SCRD after thorough evaluation of the merit of the proposal grants approval for the project.

Once approved, the formal sanction and release of grant will be sought from the Ministry of Power. Communication of the approval and release of first installment of the grant will immediately be done after signing of MoU between CPRI and Project Implementing Organization.


It is the responsibility of Principal Investigator to furnish the progress (Technical and Financial) of the project for each quarter within a month after completion of the quarter. For the purpose of furnishing quarterly reports, the 1st quarter starts in April of every financial year. The QPRs are to be furnished in the prescribed formats for reporting technical & financial progress respectively.


Principal Investigator shall submit the Fund Utilization Certificate for the released amount immediately after exhaustion of funds. Satisfactory technical progress and submission of progress reports and utilization Certificates as per the specified format are pre-requisites for release of further tranche for the project.


The R&D Management department monitors the projects by analysing the data submitted through QPR and UC. Progress of the projects is reviewed by the Technical Committee at Bengaluru or in some cases at respective investigating organizations.


The investigating agency shall make a presentation to the Technical Committee once the project is completed. Prior to this, CPRI will scrutinize & analyze the final results of the project and give a report to the Technical Committee.

The Technical Committee finally declares that the project is completed with the deliverables as stipulated in the original project proposal.


The information on technologies / products developed as part of research scheme is currently available on CPRI website. The Project Investigators are encouraged to conduct workshops and seminars for dissemination of the knowledge.


  1. Power Utilities
  2. Academic Institutes
  3. R&D Institute
  4. Manufacturers

Collaborative proposals are also encouraged under this scheme.


  1. Research proposals can be sent any time during the year to CPRI.
  2. The formats for submission of proposal and other details pertaining to the scheme are available on the CPRI Web site under the respective schemes or can be obtained by writing to Head, R&D Management Division.
  3. Proposals prepared in the format should be submitted through the head of the respective institution to Head, R&D Management Division CPRI.
  4. The Principal Investigator is normally required to make presentation on the proposal to the Technical Committee.
  5. Technical Committee meets only 2-3 times in a year for techno-economic evaluation and recommendation of projects to the Competent Authority for according approval.
  6. Recommendations of the Technical Committee will be communicated to the Principal Investigator through e-mail.

Research Opportunities for Students

VTU Research Centre

Realizing the need for quality education and training requirements of the Indian Power Sector, CPRI forayed into the realm of higher education in Power. To further the cause of continuing education for the officers / scientists / engineers of Indian power Sector, a Research Centre was established in the year 2013, which offers Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) positions leading to M.Sc. (Engg.) and Ph.D. (Engg.) in Electrical & Electronics, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and PhD (Chemistry) under regular schemes. The Research Centre is recognized by Visvesvaraya Technological University Belgaum and currently operates with forty eight research scholars of which thirty nine are registered as JRF/SRF, three are registered for Ph.D ( Engg.) though external registration and six officers of CPRI are registered for M.Sc. (Engg.)/ Ph.D (Engg.) through part-time registration. The JRFs/SRFs contribute towards the on-going research activities in CPRI under In-house R&D Scheme. So far seventeen (17) research students received their research degrees through this Research Center. Fourteen (14) CPRI Officers are recognized supervisors of VTU Belgaum.

RTMNU Research Centre

Thermal Research Center (TRC), CPRI, Nagpur is also a recognized Research Center of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur, Maharashtra.

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Post Graduate Project

CPRI provides opportunity to Post Graduate Students (M.E / M.Tech / M.Sc (Physics/Chemistry)) to carryout Project work in CPRI as part of their Masters course at CPRI, Bengaluru and its other units at Bhopal, Nagpur, Noida, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Guwahati.The aim of the scheme for Post Graduate project work in CPRI is to facilitate Post Graduate students (M.E / M.Tech / M.Sc) to work in advanced areas of Power Engineering. Project guidance and support to selected students will be provided by Officers of CPRI in close coordination with the guide from the student’s institute.

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