Sponsored projects are R & D projects funded by government departments and agencies, industries or other institute with a view to generate new knowledge, to develop new technology or to create new products in nation building. These programmes also help in the development of human resources in the premier areas of science and technology.
The value of the sponsored projects handled from 2006-2014 is given in the bar chart below.
Research projects are also undertaken on cell mode. Research institutions like ISRO, IGCAR, and DRDO have cells established at IIT Madras for carrying out joint research projects.
International collaborative joint research programmes of common interest are undertaken through Indo-US, Indo-German, Indo-Australian and Indo-European research initiatives.