Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is a National Centre of the Government of India, under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a deemed University awarding degrees for master's and doctoral programs. The Institute was founded in 1945 with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust under the vision of Dr Homi Bhabha. At TIFR, we carry out basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and science education. Our main campus is located in Mumbai, with centres at Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

When less is essential to keep the brain going

Next-Generation Gold Nanocatalysts with a Half Million Turnover Number

Three layers of graphene reveals a new kind of magnet

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

TIFR discovery of superconductivity of pure Bismuth crystal at 0.00053 K

Dr Homi Bhabha-Nehru-Tata
Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha (center) with Jawaharlal Nehru (left, India’s first Prime Minister) and J.R.D. Tata, (Trustee, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust) at TIFR in 1962. These were the individuals whose vision led to the establishment of TIFR.


The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research was founded around the time of India’s independence from colonial rule to promote advanced scientific research in the country. It was established by the noted Physicist Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha with financial support from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the then Government of Bombay. It began its operations on 1 June 1945 at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and later moved to Mumbai in December of the same year. In Mumbai, the institute operated out of the Kenilworth building and the Old Yacht Club, before moving to its present picturesque seaside campus in 1962.
At its inception, the institute’s research activities were focused on high energy physics, cosmic rays and mathematics. Over the years, activities at TIFR and its centres around the country steadily expanded to include all branches of basic sciences including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and also science education. The institute is the birthplace of India’s atomic energy program and several institutions of national importance. Institutions such as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL), Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) trace their beginnings to TIFR.

MGK Menon-Pioneer in particle physics and a great statesman

TIFR's ultrafast laser research on All India Radio

Public lecture on quantum entanglement, strange metals and black holes

TIFR mourns the passing of its second founder, MGK Menon

Public Lecture by Director General of CERN at TIFR Mumbai

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Mar 27, 2017

  • Prof. Sunil Mukhi (IISER, Pune), "Entanglement, Replicas and Thetas (Quantum Spacetime Seminar Series) " in A 304 starts at 1130
  • Ms. Shrabasti Bhattacharya (Dept. of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai), "Mechanistic Origin of Protein Flexibility of Ubiquitin Family Proteins" in AG-69 starts at 1600
  • Mr. Dattaraj Dhuri (DAA - TIFR), "Prediction of Solar Flares Using Machine Learning" in A269 starts at 1600
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