CSIR Young Scientist Awards were introduced in 1987, seeking to promote in-house excellence in various fields of science and technology. These awards are for promoting excellence and recognising outstanding contributions made by the young CSIR scientists for their work done primarily in India during the last 5 yrs preceding the year of the Award. Each award consists of a citation, a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and a plaque. Awardees are entitled to a Special Honorarium of Rs.7,500 per month till the age of 45 years, as long as the recipient remains in the service of CSIR. A research grant of Rs. 5 Lakh per annum for a period of 5 yrs is also provided to each. Any scientist, engaged in research work in any of the CSIR laboratories/institutes, and not more than 35 yrs of age, as reckoned on 26 September (CSIR Foundation Day) of the preceding year, is eligible for the Award. He/she should be a regular scientific staff of CSIR system and should have joined the CSIR laboratory on or prior to 26 September of the previous year.