Dr. Rajiv Kumar Tayal

Executive Director, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum

Areas of Interest:

  • Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including Start-ups.
  • Development, Implementation and Management of R&D Programmes.
  • Inter-agency S&T Partnerships, including International Collaborations.


  • S&T Policy Framework and Development & Management of R&D Programmes.
  • Process Engineering, Research & Technology Development and Project Management.
  • Systems Engineering and Management.
  • Training, Consultancy & Certification in Laboratory Accreditation and Quality System Management.

Consultancy Areas:

  • Development, Implementation and Management of R&D Programmes.
  • Technology Development and Commercialization.
  • R&D Partnerships and International Collaborations.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Consultancy Firms

Major Professional Contributions:

Initially worked in industrial R&D dealing with various facets of technology development and project implementation / management, in real time. Extensive hands on experience of working with various segments of R&D with deep understanding of individual entities in R&D space and corresponding intricacies providing a unique insight in visualizing the interconnects and overall integration of R&D value chain from concept to commercialization. Provided technical support to running plant production activities and development of several processes / technologies for new products for real life implementation.

Later, as an Advisor in the Department of Science & Technology (DST), dealt with the overall policy framework and several direct interventions through a vast range of schemes and programmes related to promotion of scientific research and capacity building, particularly in the area of Engineering Sciences. For over 27 years in DST, presided over some of the best and most efficiently managed R&D programmes in DST, receiving due acknowledgement and wide acclaim from the research community. Developed joint R&D programs with other agencies, including leading US federal agencies. Also worked with Laboratory Accreditation Systems, Quality Management Systems and Environment Management Systems as an Assessor, Trainer and Consultant.

Currently working as Executive Director of Indo-US Science & Technology (IUSSTF), a bi-national organization created by the two Governments, to promote S&T cooperation between the two countries.

Professional Experience:

  • Management Trainee, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers, Mumbai (1982).
  • Senior Process Engineer, Synthetics & Chemicals Ltd, Bareilly (1982-88).
  • Advisor, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi (1988-2015).
  • Executive Director, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, New Delhi (2015 - Till Date).


S&T Policy Framework, R&D Management, Technology Development, International S&T Cooperation


Contact Information


Indo-Us Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF), Fulbright House, 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi - 110001
Phone: 23321555; 9899901455 (M)

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  • B.E. (Chemical Engineering), IIT, Roorkee, 1981.
  • Diploma in Project Management, Punjabi University, Patiala, 1985.
  • M.E. (Chemical Engineering), Nagpur University, 2007.
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), Pune University, 2014.


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Member, National Search Committee for Padma Awards-2014.
  • Member, Naval Research Board.

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section X: Interdisciplinary Engineering and Special Fields

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2015

Year of Birth: 1961