The Department of Health Research was formally launched on 5th October 2007 by the Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences in a function presided over by the Minister for Health & Family Welfare, in the presence, inter-alia, of the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare. The President notified the creation of the Department of Health Research under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare through an amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 on the 17th September 2007.

The Department became functional from November 2008 with the appointment of first Secretary of the Department. Department of Health Research (DHR) was created as a separate Department within the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare by an amendment to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 on 17th Sept, 2007. The aim of the DHR is to bring modern health technologies to the people through research and innovations related to diagnosis, treatment methods and vaccines for prevention; to translate them into products and processes and, in synergy with concerned organizations, introduce these innovations into public health system.

DHR invites proposals in health research field and after examination under due process of Technical Evaluation Committee’s recommendation & approval of Approval Committee, releases grants to the Institutions/Researchers. Grievances are assigned to a designated desk and are monitored by a Nodal officer. DHR function in accordance with provisions made in the CCS Rules for specified purposes. It doesn’t have any exclusive rules/regulations and its functions are regulated by CCS Rules and instructions issued by the Govt. from time to time. Posting and Transfer of staff is administered by the M/o H&FW.


  • Promote and provide guidance on research governance issues, including ethical issues in medical and health research.
  • Inter-sectoral coordination and promotion of public- private – partnership in medical, biomedical and health research related areas.
  • Advanced training in research areas concerning medicine and health, including grant of fellowships for such training in India and abroad.
  • International co-operation in medical and health research, including work related to international conference in related areas in India and abroad.
  • Technical support for dealing with epidemics and natural calamities.
  • Investigation of outbreaks due to new and exotic agents and development of tools for prevention.
  • Matters relating to scientific societies and associations, charitable and religious endowments in medicine and health research areas.
  • Coordination between organization and institutes under the Central and State Governments in areas related to the subjects entrusted to the Department and for the promotion of special studies in medicine and health.
  • Administering and monitoring of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).