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The Foundation for Medical Research, Mumbai

The Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) was established in 1975 as a Public Trust and is recognized as a national research organisation by the Government of India. It is affiliated to the Mumbai University for post-graduate/doctoral degrees. The Foundation has recognition u/s 35(1)(ii) of the Income Tax Act which enables the donors to avail of tax exemption and has also recently been awarded exemption u/s 80G and registered through CSR-1 to widen the breadth of the donor community. The FMR has been granted renewed permission for accepting foreign funding in line with the modified FCRA Act of 2020 upto the year 2025.

FMR practices a combination of basic biomedical and translational and public health research. Its traditional research areas have been the major infectious diseases of leprosy, tuberculosis (TB) and modernization of traditional plant-based medicine. Newer focus areas being developed include COVID-19, environmental health, malnutrition and health system strengthening.

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  • Registered on BSE Social Stock Exchange with effect from
    22nd May 2024
  • It is recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
  • It is exempt from payment of Income Tax u/s 10 (21).
  • Exemption u/s 35(1)(ii) and 80G for its donors
  • Permanent recognition from the University of Bombay for the training of post-graduate and doctoral students in Applied Biology, through 2 recognized research guides on its staff. So far, a total of 67 students have obtained their post graduate degrees.
  • Over 325 publications
  • The senior faculty have been recipients of several national and international awards and hold professional / advisory positions including Planning Commission, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, ASHA Mentoring Group (NHSRC New Delhi), AYUSH, Public Health Foundation of India, Dabur India Ltd., Leprosy Mission, Global Coalition Against TB, India Health Fund, National Technical Expert Group on Diagnosis of Tuberculosis (NTEG-Diagnosis) under RNTCP, India TB PPM Learning Network, India - Country Coordinating Committee for Global Fund, Thesis Advisory Committee of NMIMS - School of Science.
  • The Foundation was a referral institute for clinical research in leprosy and was designated as a quality assurance centre for sputum Microscopy TB Control Programme by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). It was awarded a grant as a Virtual Centre for Excellence in TB research by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (2007 – 2012).
  • The Foundation today possesses basic equipment for biomedical research of Rs.4.20 crores and possesses facilities such as upgraded BSL-2 level and certified BSL-3 containment rooms for advanced work with infectious agents, advanced molecular biology set-up, portable sequencer, bioinformatic facility, tissue culture, library and good clinical back-up.
  • The Foundation has established an Extended Community Health Outreach (ECHO) set-up for conducting virtual training programme.