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Research at IIFM constantly strives to develop new frontiers of knowledge in various areas of natural resource management and sustainability. Research focuses on solution oriented and socially relevant themes to generate knowledge that can assist different stakeholders in forest and natural resource management sectors. Most of the research projects undertaken at IIFM are of an applied nature. The research outputs are disseminated not only as high impact scientific papers, popular articles and policy briefs and are also translated to teaching material and case studies on various aspects of natural resource management. Research projects are funded by national and international agencies and in collaborative networks with diverse stakeholders that lead to research of contemporary global relevance.

The broad areas of IIFM research is given as under: Research at IIFM broadly covers, but is not limited to the following themes

  • Sustainable Forest Management & Forest Certification
  • Marketing of Forestry Products & Forest-based Enterprises
  • Agroforestry and Trees Outside Forests (ToF)
  • Ecosystem Vulnerability
  • Community Forestry and Livelihoods
  • Gender and Social Dimensions of Forest Management
  • Measuring Non-financial Capitals for Risk Accounting and Sustainability
  • Protected Area Management and Human – Wildlife Conflicts
  • Climate Change: Vulnerability, Mitigation and Adaptation, REDD+
  • Human Behaviour and Environment
  • Urban sustainability- Urban Green Infrastructure for Resilience
  • Ecosystem services – Quantification, Economic Valuation and Policy Making
  • Forest Hydrology
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Environment, Forest and Wildlife Policies
  • Silviculture of Indian trees, Nursery & Plantation Management
  • Non-Wood Forest Produce, Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Management
  • Ecotourism and Biodiversity/ Wildlife Conservation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Reporting
  • Environmental Issues and Behavioural Dynamics
  • Financial Management
  • Micro finance, Financial Inclusion

Externally Funded Research Activities at IIFM: External funded research projects are commissioned to individual faculty members by institutions/organizations to carry out research on important areas of Natural Resource Management on the basis of individual capabilities in the concerned area. Faculty at IIFM develop proposals in specific research areas and seek funding from various institutes/organizations etc.

Funding agencies

UNICEF, UNDP, ITTO, FAO, NERC, DFID, UNEP, GIZ, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India; National Medicinal Plant Board, dept. of AYUSH, GoI; TIFAC, New Delhi; Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai; Ministry of Rural Development; State Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra; MP Council of Science & Technology; Indian Council of Social Science Research, MoEF-UNDP-GEF, Environmental Planning & Coordination Organization (EPCO), Govt. of M.P.

IIFM Funded Small Grant Program (SGP) projects

An innovative Small Grants Programme (SGP) was initiated to equitable distribution of research funds across faculty areas and among faculty members since 2014 to provide a springboard to try innovative research ideas. Round the year research proposals are invited from the Faculty & Res. Assoc./Assistants. for financial support through IIFM research grant. Selections of proposals received are based on technical soundness and relevance of expected outcome.

RARC Committee:
Dr. CVRS Vijayakumar, Link Faculty
Dr. M D Omprakash, Member
Dr. Jayashree Dubey, Member
Dr. Dhanya Bhaskar, Member
Dr. Bhaskar Sinha - Chairperson

For more information about research activities at IIFM or for initiating collaborative research projects, write to: -

Dr. Bhaskar Sinha
Chairperson - Research Advisory and Review Committee
Phone: 0755-2773799/2763925 (Ext. 462)
Email: bsinha@iifm.ac.in