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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the quantum of funding support for each TIH?A1: The estimated budget for each TIH would be about Rs. 115 crore for a period of five years. The budget support may vary for each TIH depending on the domain area, proposed mandate, targets/deliverables, etc.The total funding support would be finalised and approved by the Mission Governing Board (MGB).
Q2: Who is eligible to apply?A2: Academic Institutions within NIRF overall rank 50(latest) are only eligible to apply. Research Institutions that are operating in R&D, technology development, commercialization, etc in engineering and technology areas for atleast 10 years and have expertise in CPS foundational technologiesare eligible.
Q3: Can a Host Institute (HI) apply for two TIH?A3: No. HI can apply for only one TIH under the present call (2019 call, for six TIH).
Q4: Can an individual from one of the top 50 NIRF ranking institution apply for TIH?A4: No. Individuals are not eligibile to apply for TIH under NM-ICPS. Only Institutions represented by the Head of the Institute can apply for TIH.
Q5: Are private academic institutions eligible to apply?A5: All academic institutions, both public and private, within NIRF overall rank 50 are eligible to apply.
Q6: What is the eligbility criteria for a research institution to apply for TIH?A6: Research Institutions (i) must be operating in R&D, technology development, Commercialization, etc. in Engineering and Technology areas for atleast 10 years and (ii) must have expertise in CPS foundational technologies.
Q7: What is the operational framework of the TIH?A7: The Hubs will work in a distribution model. TIH will be the nodal centre for the proposed technology domain area. TIH would have defined mandates approved by the Mission Governing Board (MGB). The TIH/Host Institute would be the entity which would receive funding from SERB/DST as approved by MGB. The TIH would have financial and administrative powers and shall connect with all stakeholders, working in the same domain area of CPS, across the country as well as globally. The funding received from SERB/DST can be further disbursed downstream to other academic/research institutions/agencies for research/development related activities to achieve proposedgoals. These entities will act as spokes connecting to the hub. Other than academic/research institutions, the TIH should also connect to start-ups, industries and public sector undertakings. They can provide incubation centres for start-ups with necessary guidance, tech support, infrastructure, access to investors, networking and facilitating a host of other resources.
The driving force of hub and spoke model and choice of collaborators shall be value addition and service provision.
Q8: In what way can TIH fund projects to other institutions?A8: TIH can support projects based on requirement, open call and with due scientific diligence and approved processes.
Q9: Is it essential to have an industry partner during proposal stage?A9: Involvement of an industrial partner at the outset may be desirable to confirm reach of proposed TIH in supplying foundational CPS technologies at large. While the initial phase would be driven by SERB/DST support, TIHs must attract private capital subsequently for growth and sustainability.
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Core Research Grant (CRG)

EMR Eligibility Guidelines:

Extramural Research (EMR) funding scheme of SERB to academic institution, research laboratories and other R&D organizations to carry out basic research in all frontier areas of Science and Engineering is in limelight for more than four decades since from the inception of SERC. This scheme encourages emerging and eminent scientist in field of science and engineering for individual centric competitive mode of research funding. Since the scheme provides core research support to the active researchers, the existing name Extramural Research (EMR) has been renamed as Core Research Grant (CRG)


The scheme provides core research support to active researchers to undertake research and development in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.


  • Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PrincipalInvestigator(s) (Co-PI(s))]should be Indian citizens. Foreign nationals (including OCI and NRI) are also eligible to apply provided they fulfil the eligibility criteria notified by SERB (SERB Funding Guidelines for foreign nationals dated 27th Oct 2016).
  • The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or in any other recognized R&D institution in India.
  • Private Academic institutions with valid UGC / AICTE / PCI approval, Private R&D Institutions with valid DSIR-SIRO recognition and Voluntary and Non-Governmental Organizations registered under NITI-AAYOG Darpan portal are eligible to host a project.
  • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalingaswamy Fellows arealso eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application.
  • Investigators who will be superannuating during the duration of the project or already superannuated are also eligible to apply. In such cases, a Faculty/Scientist from the host institute who has at least 5 years of service remaining should be associated as a Co-PI. The host institution should allow the investigator to continue after superannuation and provide required support towards implementation of the project.
  • The PI and Co-Investigator(s) should hold Ph.D. degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or M.D. / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc. degree at the time of applying for grant.
  • The term “Regular” in the context of CRG refers to the applicants who are appointed against the sanctioned post or in a tenure post but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure.
  • [Note:Research Associates, Ad-hoc faculties, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, consultant, Project Fellows and Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year are not eligible. In respect of cases that are not mentioned above, SERB reserves the right to determine the eligibility]

  • Aspirants of NPDF, SRG and CRG (EMR) can submit their proposal only once in a calendar year in any one of these schemes.

Nature & Duration of Support:

  • The CRG schemeprovides research support to an individual researcher or a group of researchers working in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or in any other recognized R&D institution in India.
  • The funding is provided normally for a period of three years.
  • The research grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency. “Overheads”is also be provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.
  • Proposals from applicants belonging to National Laboratories/Research Institutions should be in-line with the mandated research work of the lab/institution. (A certificate duly authorised by the Head of the Institution should be uploaded along with the proposal).
  • National Laboratories and Research Institutions should share 50% of the non-recurring cost of the project. For projects with total cost more than Rs. 80 lakh, 50% of the non-recurring and consumables cost should be shared by the Lab/Institution.

Mode & Selection of Application:

  • An applicant is eligible to apply only one proposal during a call.
  • Any proposal technically rejected should not be resubmitted without any substantial revision to any schemes or programs of the SERB.
  • Not more than one project is allowed at any given time. However, projects under the programs EMEQ, HRHR, IRRD and special calls are exempted from this category. The PI is encouraged to apply for another project six months prior to the completion of the project
  • The Call for applications will be notified through the website and The application form along with a proper research proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants maybe called for discussion/ presentation.


Proposals submitted must be original in ideation and content. Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable. All submitted proposals would be subjected to a third-party similarity check and proposals are liable to be rejected if found plagiarised. Any text taken verbatim from other source needs to be identified using quotation marks and proper reference. Applicants are requested to pre-check their proposals for plagiarism before uploading.Proposals found containing plagiarised content will be rejected.

Scientific Social Responsibility

SERB has adopted Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy to imbibe a culture of social commitment among SERB Grantees. The policy intends to effectively utilize scientific infrastructure and expertise of SERB grantees to benefit other S&T stakeholders especially the less-endowed researchers and the society. SSR activities need to be chosen after approval and depending on the activities chosen additional budget would be provided under separate head to carry out the chosen activities. SERB Grantees need to undertake the proposed SSR activities during their project period.

Formats and Guidelines

Terms and Conditions

The project proposal should be prepared according to the guidelines and submitted online through the website  

The details of Programme Advisors / Coordinators and Programme Officers are given below:


S.No. Division Name of the Programme Programme Advisor / Coordinator Programme Officer
1. Chemical Sciences Organic Chemistry
Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Dr. Amitava Roy Consultant Dr. Arvind Chaudhary Scientist D
2. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh Scientist G Dr.Prahlad Ram Scientist D
3. Engineering Sciences Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering
Mechanical, Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering & Robotics
Civil, Infrastructure & Transportation Engineering
Materials, Mining & Minerals Engineering
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Praveen Kumar S Scientist F

Dr. Praveen Kumar S Scientist F

Dr.Amitava Roy Consultant

Dr.Neelima Mishra Scientist G

Dr. R.K. Mehajan Scientist G
Dr. Anima Johari Scientist D

Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat Scientist D

Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat Scientist D

Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat Scientist D

Dr. Sukumar Dey, Scientist C
4. Life Sciences Biomedical and Health Sciences
Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology (AS)
Dr. Neelima Mishra Scientist G
Dr. Neelima Mishra Scientist G
Dr. Neelima Mishra Scientist G
Dr. Harish Kumar Scientist F
Dr. A.V. Balachandar Scientist F
Dr. T. Thangaradjou Scientist F
Dr. Shilpi Paul Scientist F
Dr. Pramod Kumar Prasad, Scientist D
5. Mathematical Sciences Mathematical Sciences Dr. Rajeev Mehajan Scientist G Dr.K.K. Magesh Kumar Scientist D
6. Physical Sciences CMP-MS
Dr. Amitava Roy Consultant Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh Scientist F
7. Exponential Technology Dr.Premila Mohan Scientist G Dr. V. Ramesh Scientist D
8. Quantitative Social Sciences Quantitative Social Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
Scientist G
Dr. Sukkumar Dey
Scientist C



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