Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I want to apply for an Extra- mural Research Funding scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?A1: There is no upper limit ( or even lower limit) for a project grant. The budget is decided based on the requirement for its successful implementation. The Investigator should propose a budget which is realistic taking into account the infrastructure and resources available at the implementing institutions.
Q2: Does the Board has any priority areas for funding under EMR scheme?A2: No. The Board funds all the areas of Science and Engineering without discriminating between disciplines. The proposal will be funded if it has novelty and the investigator has the competence to execute the project.
Q3: I am currently executing an EMR project in the area of Chemical Sciences. I want to apply for an another EMR project in Physical Sciences. Will I be funded another project?A3: No. The Board funds only one project to an Investigator at a time, except in cases where calls for proposals are invited for specific areas/schemes/programs.
Q4: Are Co-Investigators allowed in EMR project? If they are from different institutions, can the budget be provided separately to both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)?A4: Yes. Co-Investigator(s) are allowed in EMR project, provided the work proposed require complementary expertise for its implementation. Separate budget can also be provided to the Co-Investigator (s) even if they belong to different institutions.
Q5: Does SERB discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding ?A5: Yes. No. SERB does not discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions. Funding decisions are made based on merit of the proposal, competence of the Investigator(s), and the infrastructure available in the implementing institution, and not on the category of institutions the Investigator is working.
Q6: : I want to apply for an Extra- mural Research Funding scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?A6: There is no upper limit ( or even lower limit) for a project grant. The budget is decided based on the requirement for its successful implementation. The Investigator should propose a budget which is realistic taking into account the infrastructure and resources available at the implementing institutions for a period of 3 years.
Q7: Does the Board has any priority areas for funding under EMR scheme?A7: No. The Board funds all the areas of Science and Engineering without discriminating any discipline. The proposal will be funded if it has novelty and the investigator has the competence to execute the project.
Q8: I am currently executing an EMR project in the area of Chemical Sciences. I want to apply for an another EMR project in Physical Sciences. Will I be funded another project?A8:No. The Board funds only one project to an Investigator at a time, except in cases where calls for proposals are invited for specific areas/schemes/programs.
Q9: Are Co-Investigators are allowed in EMR project? If they are from different institutions, can the budget be provided separately to both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)?A9:: Yes. Co-Investigator(s) are allowed in EMR project, provided the work proposed require complementary expertise for its implementation. Separate budget can also be provided to the Co-Investigator (s) even if they belong to different institutions.
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Extra Mural Research Funding (Individual Centric)

Individual centric competitive mode of funding will be provided under the EMR funding schemes. SERB supports potential scientists for undertaking research in frontier areas of S&T in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences & Mathematical Sciences.

 

Objective:

he scheme provides core research support to active researchers to undertake research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering. Quality and excellence are the expected criteria for research to be funded under the EMR Scheme. This is ensured through a reliable and well-established peer review process.

 

Nature & Duration of Support:

  • The EMR schemeprovides research support to an individual researcher or a group of researchers working in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or in other recognized R & D institution in India.
  • (Note:i) Private Academic institutions should have valid UGC / AICTE / PCI approval. ii) Private R&D Institutions having valid DSIR-SIRO recognition. iii)Voluntary and Non-Governmental Organizations must be registered under NITI-AAYOG Darpan portal.
  • Duration of the grant period is normally for three years.
  • The research grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency. In addition, the implementing institution will also get “overheads” as per prevailing norms.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant, must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R&D institution.
  • Applicants (Principal Investigator (PI) and co-Investigator(s)should be an Indian citizen. Foreign nationals (including OCI or PIO) are also eligible to apply provided fulfilling the other eligibility criteria notified by SERB (SERB Funding Guidelinesfor foreign nationalorder dated 27th Oct 2016).
  • The PI and co-Investigator(s) should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.Sor M.D.S. degree in any area of medicineat the time of applying for grant.
  • Faculty/Scientist who are active in research but on the verge of superannuation or already superannuated are also eligible to apply, provided a younger researcher who has at least 5 years of service remaining is associated as a Co-PI, and the host institution is willing to allow the faculty/scientist to continue after superannuation and provide required administrative support.
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    The term “Regular” in the context of EMR refers to one or more of the following:

    • Those who are appointed by the institutions against the ‘sanctioned ‘post. Such positions are regularized/confirmed after the probation period is over.
    • Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure.

    Not Eligible:

    Research Associates, Ad-hoc faculties, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, consultant, Project Fellows, Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year.
    (In cases where it is not covered in any of the above, SERB has the right to determine the eligibility)
    • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalinga Swamy Fellows are also eligible to apply if they have been absorbed/appointed to a regular position. If such fellows are not absorbed/appointed in a regular position, and are receiving fellowship as well as research grant from the fellowship, such fellows are eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application.
    • An applicant is eligible to apply only one project proposal during a call.
    • Any technically rejected proposals by any PACs cannot be resubmitted for reconsideration in the same or other PACs, in the subsequent calls.
    • At any given time, PI have only one project funded by SERB. However, projects under the programs EMEQ, HRHR, IRRD, special calls, etc. are exempted from this category. However, a PI with an ongoing SERB project can apply for another project during the last six months for the completion of the project.

    Mode &Selection of Application:

    • The Call for applications will be made twice a year (July and December) and will be notified through the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. The application form along with a proper research proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in
    • The selection will be based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committee(PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for personal discussion.

    Funding Cycle

    • Timeline: First Call: First call in a financial year will be made in 1stJuly of every year and the call will be open for submission of research proposals till 31st July.
    • Timeline: Second Call
    Second call will be made in December of every year and the call will be open till 31st December.

     

    Decision:

    The decision will be communicated before the next call for proposals.

    Formats and Guidelines

     

    The project proposal should be prepared according to the guidelines and submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in

     

    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

    Dr. Amitava Roy

    Scientist F

    Dr. Monika Agarwal
    Scientist E

    Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

    Dr. Arvind Chaudhary
    Scientist C

    2

    Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Atmospheric Sciences

    Dr. Rajeev Mehajan
    Scientist G

    Dr. Rajwant
    Scientist E

    Earth Sciences

    Glaciology

    3

    Engineering Sciences

    Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering

    Mr. S. S. Kohli

    Scientist G

     

    Dr. Anima Johari
    Scientist C

    Civil, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat
    Scientist C
    Materials, Mining & Minerals Engineering

    Dr. Jigisha K Parikh
    Scientist G

    Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat
    Scientist C
    Chemical and Environmental Engineering

    Dr. Pravakar Mohanty
    Scientist C

    4

    Life Sciences

    Animal Sciences

    Dr. Rita Banerjee

    Scientist G

    Dr. Doyil T Vengayil
    Scientist E

    Health Sciences

    Dr. A.V. Balachandar
    Scientist E

    Plant Sciences

    Dr. Shilpi Paul
    Scientist-E

    Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology & Microbiology

    Dr. G. Harish Kumar
    Scientist E

    5

    Mathematical Sciences

    Mathematical Sciences

    Dr. Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr.K.K. Magesh Kumar
    Scientist C

    6

    Physical Sciences

    Physical Sciences

    Dr. Amitava Roy

    Scientist F

    Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh
    Scientist E

     

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    Last Updated on 19 July, 2016