Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR)/
Centre Franco-Indien pour la Promotion de la Recherche Avancée (CEFIPRA)


Saint Gobain Research India (SGRI) is a cross functional R&D center of Saint Gobain based in Chennai, a subsidiary of Saint Gobain, SA France.


Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) is a binational organization set up by Government of India and Government of France in 1987 with the mandate to promote collaborative research between India and France in cutting edge Science and Technology through research projects, seminars/workshops and encouraging PPPs. The Centre receives financial support from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Government of France.

In a first ever initiative of the centre in a PPP (Public Private Partnership Mode), CEFIPRA entered into a MoU with SGRI on 23rd October, 2013 during Indo-French Technology Summit, to launch a programme of “sustainable habitat for hot and/ or humid climates”. The areas of interest were:

  • Improvement of Energy Performance
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Day Lighting in Hot-Humid Climates
  • Cool Roof Technology


The Indian Principal Investigators (PI) should hold a Permanent position as a scientist/faculty member in universities/deemed universities/academic institutes/ national research and development laboratories. Indian PIs will need to further identify their collaborator from SGRI.

Research funding

The selected projects will be funded to the Indian PIs for the following components as per CEFIPRA’s norms and guidelines:

  • Manpower: JRF/SRF/RAs/Post docs/Doctoral students may be appointed under the project on the Indian Side
  • Consumables/test materials to the research partners involved on project basis
  • Equipment (Only for Indian organization)

SGRI will find the PIs, appointed by them for the joint project

Intellectual Property

The rights of intellectual property (IP) arising from the program shall be worked out bilaterally between SGRI and the pertinent research institution collaborating with SGRI under this programme before the project is finally selected for funding.

Application procedure & Timeline

Based on the specific Call for Proposals (Currently closed)

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