Is Sci-ROI organized or funded by the Government of India? What kind of an organization is Sci-ROI?
Sci-ROI is an initiative of WINStep Forward. WINStep Forward is a non-profit set up by Prof. Aseem Ansari (Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison) to manage the Khorana and Bose Scholars Programs. While Sci-ROI will work closely with officials and institutions from India, it is not currently organized or funded by the Indian government.
Our vision document has more information about the nature and scope of Sci-ROI.
What are the benefits of joining Sci-ROI?
Sci-ROI is a vibrant community of scientists, scholars, and accomplished individuals who intend to engage in research and entrepreneurial opportunities in India. Sci-ROI is an ideal platform to get information about available resources and programs. Members have opportunities to interact with senior policy leaders, heads of educational and research institutions and entrepreneurs.
In addition, members can form collaborations with peers and undertake joint ventures. You can also have a positive impact on science policy and institution building in India. Members have preferential access to events organized by Sci-ROI including webinars and mentoring programs.
Who is eligible to join Sci-ROI?
Sci-ROI welcomes scholars from all nationalities and is open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members as well as industry employees. Sci-ROI intends to be a truly multi-disciplinary forum and invites members from all disciplines.
How can I be a part of Sci-ROI? How do I sign-up for the mailing list?
I am not a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin. Can I still be part of Sci-ROI?
Yes. Sci-ROI welcomes scholars of all nationalities. We expect to provide information about opportunities that are available to non-Indian citizens. We also hope to facilitate international collaborations.
I am not in the US or in India, but am interested in knowing more about opportunities in India. Can Sci-ROI help me?
You are welcome to join Sci-ROI. While our annual event will take place in the US, you may benefit from our online resources and events. Sci-ROI does intend to facilitate international collaborations and your participation and feedback can be mutually beneficial in this regard.
I have a bachelor's degree with industry experience. How can I get involved in Sci-ROI?
Sci-ROI welcomes professionals from all backgrounds. By becoming a member and attending Sci-ROI events, you can keep yourself informed of entrepreneurial opportunities and connect with other professionals.
You can also provide constructive feedback on promoting academia-industry partnerships and institution development.
Given Sci-ROI’s connection with WINStep Forward, you can also engage with Khorana and Bose Scholars.
I am not yet sure about my plans of moving back to India, but I am interested in technological entrepreneurship opportunities in India. How can Sci-ROI help me?
We expect entrepreneurship and translational research to be highlighted in many Sci-ROI events.
One of our goals is to build a platform that makes it easier for international scholars and individuals to launch entrepreneurial ventures in India, especially those that adopt innovative approaches for addressing long standing challenges. Our long-term plans include development of a limited mentoring program and we might be able to pair you with individuals who can give advice relevant to the Indian context.
Questions about events and communication
I have some information about an event/opportunity that might be of interest to Sci-ROI members. How can I communicate this to members?
How do I get in touch with people in my area of interest?
You can post a request for people interested in your area of research on the Sci-ROI Forum and connect with responders through Facebook or other means. You will be able to meet people with similar research interests during networking sessions at our annual event.