Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), a unit of Admar Mutt Education Foundation (AMEF), is situated near Bengaluru International Airport on a sprawling campus spread over 32 acres. It was conceptualized and founded by the pontiff of Admar Mutt His Holiness late Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji. It was his vision to create a serene and congenial environment, where scientists would be inspired to carry out innovative and original research in fundamental and applied sciences. It is presently enthusiastically carried forward by the present Chairman HH Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji to fulfill the dreams of his Guruji. The foundation stone for the research campus was laid in 1998 by the then Prime Minister of India Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee.
The institute is recognized by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India, New Delhi and Manipal University, Karnataka, as an R&D centre.
Currently there are three divisions at PPISR, consisting of Theoretical Sciences, Materials Science and Biological Sciences, where advanced research activities are being conducted. The Institute has nine core faculty members and twelve distinguished professors as adjunct and honorary professors.
Presently, sixteen doctoral students, three postdoctoral fellows and three project assistants are actively involved in research activities on many sponsored projects both from Government agencies and as well from industries. So far, the Institute has published more than 130 papers in National and International peer reviewed journals and two international patents have been filed.
PPISR is supported by the Udupi Sri Admar Mutt Education Foundation (AMEF). It is part of a large family of sister institutions, which also includes the Poornaprajna Schools, the Poornaprajna Institute of Management and the Poornaprajna Institute of Faculty Improvement, governed by the Udupi Sri Admar Mutt Education Council (AMEC).