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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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).

 

Objective:

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

 

Eligibility:

  • 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.
  • 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 cases where it is not covered in any of the above, SERB has the right to determine the eligibility)

     

    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 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 andVoluntary and Non-Governmental Organizations registered under NITI-AAYOG Darpan portal are eligible to host a project.]
    • 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.

    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 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 maybe called for discussion/ presentation.

    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 1stDecember of every year and the call will be open till 31st December.

    (Note:SERB reserves the right to modify the duration and timeline of the funding cycle and will be notified in the SERB website)

    Please refer the "What's New Section" of this website for revised dates for the next set of call for this programme. There are some changes in the above mentioned Funding Cycle.

     

    Decision:

    The results of the proposal submitted in a call will be generally communicated within six months of closing of the call.Fund release will depend on timely submission of required documents by the investigatorsand the availability of funds, etc.



    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 16th October, 2017