Sponsored Research
The world is witnessing an exponential growth of technology in every domain of life. It is of utmost importance for any organisation to keep itself abreast with the latest and futuristic technical advancements. The research and development is the engine for futuristic technical advancement.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) provides financial support under RESPOND programme for conducting research and development activities related to Space Science, Space Technology and Space Application in Universities and academic Institutions in India. The main objectives of the RESPOND Programme are to establish strong links with academic institutions to carryout quality research and developmental projects of relevance to space and derive useful outputs to support ISRO programmes. RESPOND programme aims to enhance academic base, generate human resources and infrastructure at the academic Institution to support the space programme. Under the broad umbrella of Respond, ISRO also runs Space Technology Cells at IITs, IISc and Pune University which coordinate research proposals within the respective institutions.

Respond at SAC is implemented under the umbrella of ISRO Respond programme and caters to specific research topics pertaining to SAC activities related to payload development, data processing and applications in the areas of Satcom, Satnav & Remote Sensing. The programme is running at SAC to support academic institutes and universities geographically located in different states of India. The esteemed institutions/ universities like IITs, NIT, NIAS, CEPT University, DA-IICT, Nirma University etc. have participated in the RESPOND programme at SAC. The programme at SAC has evolved into a dynamic & responsive face of Respond and contributes significantly to ISRO programme on Sponsored Research.

The academic sector in India having vast and growing network of universities and academic institutes contributed in many ways to research activities related to space and has much greater potential for contribution.