Biomedical genomics is intrinsically inter-disciplinary.  It is hardly possible for the Institute to bring all expertise and infrastructure required for such inter-disciplinary activities under its own roof.  For improved functioning and for the Institute to make an impact on public health, it is essential that collaborations be forged both at individual and institutional levels.   For collaborations to be effective and to provide synergy to the activities of the Institute, some guiding principles are required.

Guiding Principles

  1. A collaborative engagement shall adhere to the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Institute, and shall leverage the core competencies of the collaborators.
  2. At the level of individual research collaboration, only members of the faculty shall engage. 
  3. A research collaboration shall normally be with researchers and/or clinicians  of another institution who can provide value addition to the research proposed by a faculty member of the Institute, especially in terms of scientific expertise and/or research infrastructure, including biospecimens.
  4. Collaboration between NIBMG and another institution, that is, inter-institutional collaboration, shall be based on shared research and capacity-building interests, and shall normally be long-term with sharing of resources.
  5. Accepted ethical principles, norms and guidelines prevailing in India, as implemented in NIBMG, shall be followed in all collaborative activities.
  6. Indian national laws and guidelines – including those pertaining to transfer of biospecimens that shall be done under a Material Transfer Agreement to be signed by the Heads of the collaborating institutions – shall be followed in all collaborative activities. 
  7. Raising of funds required for a collaborative engagement shall be the joint responsibility of collaborating partners.
  8. Intellectual property, patents, copyrights, etc. arising out of collaborative activities shall be jointly held by collaborating partners, proportionate to their intellectual contributions.


Modalities of Implementation

(1) Individual members of the Institute intending to engage in collaboration with scientists of other Institutions, shall present the purpose and details of the collaboration in a meeting of faculty members of the Institute.  The faculty members will jointly make a recommendation to the Director, NIBMG, regarding the collaborative engagement.  The Director shall take the final decision, which shall be documented appropriately along with the roles and responsibilities of the collaborating scientists.

(2) For inter-institutional collaborations, the purpose and details shall be presented by the Director in a meeting of faculty members of the Institute and their views obtained. Subsequently the Director shall present the consolidated views of the faculty members to the Chairman of the Governing Board for approval and report it in the next meeting of the Governing Board.  Normally, inter-institutional collaborations shall be initiated under a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by the Heads of the intending collaborating institutions.