Dr. K. V. Radhakrishnan of the Chemical Sciences and Technology Division, NIIST-CSIR has been awarded an Indo-French (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) project grant. The grant is awarded for conducting a collaborative research program with Prof.Jan Szymoniak of the University of Reims, France on the development of new atom economic transformations and efficient pathways for the synthesis of biologically active molecules. The Rs. 84 Lakh grant for three years also includes exchange visits of research personnel between the two institutes. The primary objective of setting up of such collaborative research programs by IFCPAR/CEFIPRA is to tap the complimentary expertise between Indian and French scientists working in specific areas of science and technology. These projects aim at pooling the expertise of scientists in the two countries for achieving results which would have been difficult if they were working in isolation and are expected to contribute to the mutual benefit of the two countries in particular and science in general.