We work with Governments and Institutions to develop solutions using science and technology

The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is one of India's leading think tanks, with a mission to enrich policymaking with innovative approaches using science and technology for a sustainable, secure and inclusive society. Our work is in the areas of climate, environment, sustainability, energy, AI for social impact and new materials. Our research leverages innovative technology-based ideas to solve developmental challenges. Our vision is to be the foremost institution for policy analysis in India. 


Dr V S Arunachalam

The interaction of technology and policy at the Carnegie Mellon University inspired me to set up such an institute in India. When I wrote the vision for CSTEP, I thought, perhaps, 20 people would join me. Now, we have over 100 people keeping the dream afloat.

- Dr V S Arunachalam, Founder & Chairman

Our Team

Support and Collaborations

  • Jamsetji Tata Trust
  • Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
  • Rohini and Nandan Nilekani Philanthropies
  • Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)
  • Shri Sivasubramaniya Nadar Educational and Charitable Trust
  • Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM)
  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
  • Central Power Research Institute
  • Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CHESCOM/CESC)
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST)
  • Government of Karnataka
  • Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Limited (GESCOM)
  • Hubli Electricity Supply Company (HESCOM)
  • Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC)
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
  • NITI Aayog
  • Planning Commission
  • Power Finance Corporation
  • Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP)
  • The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  • University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • British High Commission
  • Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
  • CIFF
  • Climate Parliament
  • EDF
  • European Climate Foundation
  • European Union
  • German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Good Energies Foundation
  • IBM
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Next Generation Infrastructures
  • Oak Foundation
  • Overseas Development Institute
  • SED Fund
  • The Global Green Growth Institute
  • The World Bank
  • United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • BRAC University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh
  • CEPT University
  • Clean Air Task Force
  • Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Forge Accelerator, Coimbatore
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
  • Institute for Social and Economic Change
  • Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal)
  • Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)
  • International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B)
  • M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • PLR Chambers
  • RAND Corporation
  • Royal Society of Netherlands
  • Shell India
  • St. John's Institutions
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Texas
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • Urban Emissions
  • VIT

Regulatory and Financial

CSTEP is registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 and is supported by grants from the governments, industry trusts, and domestic and international foundations. Grants and donations made to the organisation are eligible for exemptions u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. CSTEP is also registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

The following are the regulatory and statutory aspects pertaining to CSTEP:

  • Incorporated under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956
  • Registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
  • Registration as a Wholly Charitable Trust under section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • Approval under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961
  • Recognition as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Ministry of Science and Technology