The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.
As early as in 1911, the Government of India set up the Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA) with the specific objective of sponsoring and coordinating medical research in the country. After independence, several important changes were made in the organisation and the activities of the IRFA.
It was redesignated in 1949 as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)with considerably expanded scope of functions.
The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The Indian Council for Medical Research announced a research collaboration with Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
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