The B4 Program is a prestigious collaboration between IBAB, IISER-Pune and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, and is funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. It will run from April 2018 till June 2022. The aim of the program is to build a scientific research corridor between India and Boston in the areas of biosciences and biotechnology through the development of partnerships with leading institutions in India and the US.
There are three main components of the program:
- Science & Technology fellowship in Boston:
An 18-month fellowship, for fresh PhD holders to pursue research in laboratories of Harvard University or other universities in Boston, in emerging areas of the biosciences.
- Young Scientists Development Course in India:
A two-week immersive, hands-on workshop in emerging areas of the biosciences for 25 talented students from across the country. Faculty from Harvard University and the general Boston area, as well as eminent scientists from reputed Indian institutes will be teaching and training these students.
- In-country seminars
Two 1-day seminars will be held annually, in different cities in India.