Q1: What is the difference between an EMR project and an Industry relevant R & D Project (IRRD)?A1: EMR project is expected to address important and challenging issues resulting in advancement of scientific knowledge whereas IRRD project should undertake research in addressing specific problems identified by the industry. The outcome of such research will be beneficial to the industry. IRRD projects should have an industrial partner, and the industry should contribute at least 50 % of the approved project cost.
Q2: Can I apply for a project under Scheme for Industry relevant R&D (IRRD) when I am already implementing another project (such as EMR) in SERB?A2: Yes. You can apply and implement an IRRD project, in addition any other project being implemented by you in SERB.
Q3: I want to apply for IRRD scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?A3: An upper limit of Rs. 1Cr is fixed for a project grant with at least 50 % share from the industry. This ceiling can be relaxed based on the merit of the project and the need for higher investment.
Q4: Has the Board identified industrially relevant areas for support under this IRRD scheme?A4: No. Both the partners (academic and Industry) should talk to each other and identify the research areas. SERB will have no roll in this aspect.
Q5: I am currently executing an IRRD project in the area of Chemical Sciences. I want to apply for another IRRD project in Engineering Sciences. Will I be funded another project?A5: Yes. You can apply any number of projects under IRRD scheme provided Industry is willing to support such research.
Q6: Are Co-Investigators allowed in IRRD project? If they are from different institutions, can the budget be provided separately to both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)?A6: Yes. Co-Investigator(s) are allowed in IRRD 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.
Q7: Can more than one Industry be involved in a project? If yes, how the industry contribution be shared between them?A7: More than one industrial partner can join with academic partner (one or more) in executing a IRRD project. All the industrial partners jointly should contribute at least 50% of the total approved project.
Q8: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?A8: SERB is planning to fix time-lines to call for proposals for each scheme. Please look at notifications in websites ( www.serbonline.inand www.serb.gov.in) for information.