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Technology Development Fund Scheme (TDF) is a program of Ministry of Defene (MoD) executed by DRDO. 

Technology Development Fund (TDF) has been established to promote self-reliance in Defence Technology as a part of the 'Make in India' initiative. It is a programme of MoD (Ministry of Defence) executed by DRDO meeting the requirements of Tri-Services, Defence Production and DRDO.

The scheme encourages participation of public/private industries especially MSMEs so as to create an eco-system for enhancing cutting edge technology capability for defence application by inculcating R&D culture in industry.

DRDO was formed in 1958 from the amalgamation of the then already functioning Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development & Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO). DRDO was then a small organisation with 10 establishments or laboratories. Over the years, it has grown multi-directionally in terms of the variety of subject disciplines, number of laboratories, achievements and stature. Today, DRDO is a network of more than 50 laboratories which are deeply engaged in developing defence technologies covering various disciplines, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing and simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, training, information systems and agriculture. Presently, the Organisation is backed by over 5000 scientists and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel. Several major projects for the development of missiles, armaments, light combat aircrafts, radars, electronic warfare systems etc are on hand and significant achievements have already been made in several such technologies.

Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA)  (https://gita.org.in) is the Supporting Agency engaged by DRDO to support  implementation of Technology Development Fund (TDF) Scheme.

GITA is a “non–for–profit” Section-8 (Companies Act 2013) Public Private Partnership (PPP) company promoted jointly by the Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

GITA is an Innovative platform of Government of India and Indian Industry / R&D Institutions to encourage industrial investments in Innovative Technology Solutions through Mapping technology gaps, Evaluating technologies available across the Globe, Forging techno–strategic collaborative partnerships appropriate for Indian economy. GITA connects industrial and institutional partners for effective Matchmaking and collaborative industrial R&D projects, providing Funding for Technology Development / Acquisition / Customization / Deployment

GITA is a Professional organization Technically & Administratively managing Governmental Funds through Transparent Evaluation of projects by imbibing a quick & efficient Disbursal process. GITA also offers Flexible Funding Mechanisms e.g. Loan / Conditional Grant / Grant catering to the needs of the industry to catalyze Innovation and Investment in Science & Technology.

In case of any difficulty regarding online submission please contact at 011-42888009/42888012 or write to us at dir.tdf-drdo@gov.in

Technology Development Fund Scheme

Director FTM&TDF
Room No. 325, A-Wing DRDO Bhawan, Rajaji Marg, New Delhi-110011
director.ftm@hqr.drdo.in / dir.tdf-drdo@gov.in
011-23007326