The Foundation

Strives to be the foremost resource centre for the development and advocacy of strategies for the promotion and protection of India’s maritime interests.


The National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi, was established in 2005 as the nation’s first maritime think-tank for conducting independent and policy-relevant research on ‘matters maritime’. It was inaugurated by the then Defence Minister of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee, (later the President of India) on 15 February 2005. While it is an autonomous think-tank, its intellectual and organisational development is supported by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy. Since its inception, the NMF has grown from a fledging organisation into an established intellectual institution with robust academic linkages within the country and overseas.

The genesis of the NMF lies in a long-felt need to redress India’s historical neglect of its maritime domain and to fill an acute intellectual void, by providing a common platform for discourse between maritime related institutions, organisations and disciplines, country-wide. It was also envisaged that the Foundation would provide an open forum for professional debate amongst the various stakeholders within India’s maritime domain, while serving to heighten maritime awareness amongst India’s policy-makers and intellectual elite, as also civil society at large.

Vision Statement

To be the foremost resource centre for the development and advocacy of strategies for the promotion and protection of India’s maritime interests.


  • Conduct substantial and substantive studies and research, spanning the entire spectrum of disciplines relevant to India’s maritime interests.
  • Study and evaluate factors affecting India’s holistic maritime-security, with special focus upon opportunities, challenges and vulnerabilities; and provide policy-recommendations relevant to the formulation of India’s national security strategy.
  • Carry out studies of international relations and geo-political factors of strategic significance to India, with a view to suggesting maritime Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) and enhancing maritime cooperation among seafaring nations, as also to achieve a stable security environment in the Indo-Pacific Region.
  • Study India’s maritime heritage and record, with the objective of disseminating knowledge of maritime history among India’s youth, so as to generate abiding pride in our ancient maritime traditions and to keep them alive in the contemporary global environment.

Governance and Organisation

The NMF functions under the overarching guidance of a Governing Council (GC).

GC Members

Admiral Sunil Lanba
Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM & Bar, VSM, IN (Retd)

Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan AVSM & Bar, VSM(Retd)
Captain Sarabjeet S Parmar

IPRD 2020

We regret to inform you that the 2020 edition of                                            The Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue stands cancelled