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CRG 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 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 :

  1. Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(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 ).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalingaswamy Fellows are also eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. Aspirants of NPDF, SRG and CRG(EMR) can submit their proposal only once in a calender year in any of these schemes.

Nature & Duration of Support :

  1. The CRG scheme provides 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.
  2. The funding is provided normally for a period of three years.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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. If project is approved for SERB support, a certificate from National Laboratory / Research Institution will be required for the same.

Selection & Mode Of Application :

  1. An applicant is eligible to apply only one proposal during a call.
  2. Any proposal technically rejected should not be resubmitted without any substantial revision to any schemes or programs of the SERB.
  3. Not more than one project is allowed at any given time. However, projects under the programs EMEQ, SUPRA, MATRICS, SERB-STAR, TETRA, and special calls are exempted from this category. Investigators having on-going SERB project can apply for a fresh proposal not more than six month prior to the completion of the project (includes project extension period).
  4. The Call for applications 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 only through the website "www.serbonline.in".
  5. 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.

Plagiarism :
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.

How to Apply Online :
For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  1. Applicant(s) should first register into the online website click here to register
  2. After log-in, applicant(s) are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  3. If you have CO-PI in your proposal then ensure that all the CO-PI"s are also registered into the system following the same procedure.
  4. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower,Consumables,Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  5. Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template Complete guideline for Principal Investigator for SERB-online system

Documents Required (in PDF format) :
For online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  1. Biodata (under user profile section) Download Template
  2. Certificate from Principal Investigator Download Template
  3. Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution Download Templatee
  4. If project is approved for SERB support, the Quotations of the approved equipment need to be uploaded within one month of the date of the Approval Letter.
  5. Plagiarism undertaking Download Template

Formats and Guidelines

Terms and Conditions
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 Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
1 Chemical Sciences Organic Chemistry Dr. Amitava Roy
Scientific Consultant
Dr. Arvind Chaudhary
Scientist D
Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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 Dr. Praveen Kumar S
Scientist F
Dr. Anima Johari
Scientist D
Mechanical, Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering & Robotics Dr. Praveen Kumar S
Scientist F
Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat
Scientist D
Civil, Infrastructure & Transportation Engineering Dr.Amitava Roy
Consultant
Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat
Scientist D
Materials, Mining & Minerals Engineering Dr. Praveen Kumar S
Scientist F
Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat
Scientist D
Chemical and Environmental Engineering Dr. R.K. Mehajan
Scientist G
Dr. Sukumar Dey
Scientist C
4 Life Sciences Biomedical and Health Sciences Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
Scientist G
Dr. A.V. Balachandar
Scientist F
Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
Scientist G
Dr. T. Thangaradjou
Scientist F
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
Scientist G
Dr. Shilpi Paul
Scientist F
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology (AS) Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
Scientist G
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.Premila Mohan
Scientist G
Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh
Scientist F
PHENNA-LOM
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. Arvind Chaudhary
Scientist D

Call for Proposals Print

SERB has developed a scheme SERB-SUPRA (Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement) that seeks to explore new scientific breakthroughs, with long-term impact on our fundamental scientific understanding, and offer disruptive technologies at the cutting edge. SERB-SUPRA is a scheme beyond normal core research grants and purposefully designed for high quality proposals consisting of new hypothesis or challenge existing ones and provide "out-of-box" solutions. Transformative and disruptive research concepts based on innovative and unproven hypothesis, possessing a high degree of uncertainty, yet having conviction to produce a lasting impact across discipline boundaries qualify for support under SERB-SUPRA.
Most important measures of this scheme are:

  1. Quantum of advances (incremental and short terms gains are strongly discouraged).
  2. Extent of disruption in fundamental understanding or impact on outstanding research grand challenges: new areas, new concepts, new products, new disruptive technologies.
  3. Ability of research outcomes in enhancing scientific knowledge of the cutting-edge at the international level and/or emergence of critical technologies.
  4. Global impact, outstanding publications, advancement of science.

Eligibility :

  1. Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and / or Co-Principal Investigator(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.
  2. 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 with at least 5 years of service remaining. The term "Regular" 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. The PI and Co-PI who has a financial commitment in the proposal should have at least 5 years of service remaining at the time of submission of proposal.
  3. 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.
  4. Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalingaswamy Fellows, Research Associates, Ad-hoc faculties, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, consultant, Project Fellows and Faculty membrs whose contract is renewed every year are not eligible. In respect of cases that are not mentioned here, SERB reserves the right to determine the eligibility.
  5. 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.

Nature & Duration of Support :

  1. The SUPRA scheme provides 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 institutions in India.
  2. Funding will be provided normally for a period of three years, which could be extended to 2 years (5 years total) subject to performance evaluation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. If project is approved for SERB support, a certificate from National Laboratory / Research Institution will be required for the same.

Selection & Mode Of Application :

  1. A single submission of full SUPRA proposal will be subjected to a two-phase evaluation process.
  2. First phase: Initial screening will be based on assessment of extended synopsis as described in the application format and research track record of the Principal Investigator, as judged by her/his CV. Only those proposals which proceed through the first phase will be sent out for external review.
  3. Second phase: Full scientific proposal should meet the core mandate and features of SUPRA and it will be closely judged on these lines in the second step of the assessment process. Proposals qualifying after domain expert reviews may be subjected to formal presentation by PI / co-PIs before the Committee.
  4. An applicant is eligible to apply only one proposal during a call as a PI.
  5. Any proposal technically rejected should not be resubmitted without any substantial revision to any schemes or programs of the SERB.
  6. Not more than one project is allowed at any given time as a Principal Investigator under the program SUPRA.
  7. The Call for applications 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".
  8. 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.

Plagiarism :
Proposals submitted must be original in ideation and content. Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable. All submitted proposals might 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.

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.

How to Apply Online :
For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  1. Applicant should first register into the online website. click here to register. If you have already registered, you can login using your user ID.
  2. After successful registration, user will be sent a confirmation mail on registered email ID. User must click on the URL provided in the mail to confirm registration.
  3. After log-in, applicant(s) are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  4. If you have Co-PI in your proposal, then ensure that all the Co-PI"s are also registered into the system following the same procedure.
  5. Details of Patent, Publications in last 5 years, Projects, Research Collaboration, Academic Supervision of all investigators (PI and all COPI"s) has to be provided
  6. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads) must be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  7. Other relevant information of the proposal must be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template

Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:

  1. Biodata (under user profile section) Download Template
  2. Certificate from Principal Investigator Download Template
  3. Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution Download Template
  4. If project is approved for SERB support, the Quotations of the approved equipment need to be uploaded within one month of the date of the Approval Letter.
  5. Plagiarism undertaking Download Template

Formats and Guidelines

Terms and Conditions
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

“Fund for Industrial Research Engagement (FIRE)”, intends to address the challenges in the research and innovation space in India, by creating an ecosystem that would accelerate the growth in the research work and drive the R&D landscape efficiently and effectively with close co-ordination with Industry.

Objectives :

  1. Government-Industry collaboration for transforming research mind-set and culture in India to foster novel, transformative and impactful research ecosystem led by the Government of India and supported by the Industry.
  2. Creating ‘Research Fund’ with the objective to collaborate on research problems that can have an impact at a large scale and fund top high-quality research with maximum industry impact potential, at a national scale. 50% monetary fund match by DST-SERB.

Eligibility :

  1. Academic Partner
    • Indian citizens residing in India.
    • The academic partner must hold a regular academic/research position in an academic institution or national laboratories or recognised R&D institutions. More than one academic partner may be allowed.
  2. Industry Partner
    • All industries (including MSME & industrial R&D Centres) are eligible.
    • More than one Industry and or more than one Investigator from one Industry can be associated in a project.

Nature of Support and Duration :
Scheme will be designed in partnership with Industry. A national call will be made for proposals by defining the scope of the scheme and its deliverables.

Application & Selection Procedure :

  1. Prospective researchers from academia/lab contact Nodal Officer of respective Industries for identifying research partner/s from industry. The industry and the academia partners work together in identified areas of research.
  2. SERB will constitute a Programme Management Review Committee (PMRC) to review the proposals.

Division Program Coordinator
Fund for Industrial Research Engagement (FIRE) Dr. Praveen kumar S
Scientist F

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The Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas (IRHPA) program of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) supports proposals in high priority areas where multidisciplinary / multi-institutional expertise is required which will put our nation in international science map in that particular discipline. The Scheme is designed to provide major support to a few selected areas of research that have high priority from the viewpoint of advances in fundamental science and that can be of great significance for scientific and technological development. SERB identifies the priority areas and makes a national call for seeking proposals. The necessary facilities required for implementing the identified high priority areas will be supported through this scheme.

The project will be set up around established research groups led by a Principal Investigator (PI) with at least two co-PIs of complementary expertise from different departments / institutes to transform the program truly interdisciplinary and multi institutional. The duration of the project is normally for a period of 5 years.

Instructions for Online Application
For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  1. Principal Investigator (PI) should first register into the online website. click here to register
  2. After successful registration, user will be sent a confirmation mail on registered emaiID .User must click on the url provided in the mail to confirm registration.
  3. After log-in, Principal Investigator (PI) are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  4. Ensure that all CO-PI"s in your proposal are registered into the system and has filled Profile Detail section under User Profile which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc.
  5. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  6. Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template

  • Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:
  • Program Name Program Coordinator
    Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas (IRHPA)

    Call for Proposals Print

    Objective :
    The Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science (EMEQ) scheme is aimed at providing research support to researchers belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe in undertaking research in frontier areas of science and engineering.

    Eligibility :

    1. The applicant should be an Indian National.
    2. Should be an active researcher belonging to the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe category working on regular basis in an academic institutions/national lab or any other recognized R&D institutions in the field of Science and Engineering.
    3. The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D. / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc. degree.
    4. The applicant should have at least four years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.
    5. Researchers/Scientists who have ongoing project under EMEQ scheme as on the date of submission of the proposal are not eligible to apply.
    6. Co-Investigators are not allowed in the scheme

    Nature Of Support :

    1. Funding is provided up to a maximum of Rs. 50.0 lakh (excluding overhead charges).
    2. The research grant will cover equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency. Overheads will be provided as per prevailing norms of SERB.
    3. Duration of the project shall be for a maximum of three years.

    Plagiarism :
    Proposals submitted need to be original and 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 to avoid any serious repercussions at a later stage.

    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. SERB Grantees need to undertake some SSR activities during their project period. SSR activities need to be chosen during submission process. Depending on the activities chosen additional budget would be provided under separate head to carry out the chosen activities.

    Mode of Application and Selection :

    1. The call for applications will be made once a year and will be notified through the websites www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in.The project proposal should be prepared according to the guidelines and submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in
    2. The selection will be based on the recommendations of a Task Force Committee that will be constituted by the Board. If desired by the Committee, the applicants may be called for personal discussion.

    How to Apply Online :
    For online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

    1. Applicant(s) should first register into the online website
    2. After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile, which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc.
    3. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
    4. Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded as a single PDF file, not more than 10 MB, as technical document (TD)

    Documents Required (in PDF format) :
    For online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

    1. Biodata (under user profile section) Download Template

  • Certificate from Principal Investigator Download Template
  • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution Download Template
  • Category Certificate
  • Plagiarism undertaking Download Template
  • Formats and Guidelines

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

    S.NO Name of the Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
    1 Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science Dr. Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr. T. Thangaradjou
    Scientist F

    Call for Proposals Print

    Objective :
    The Start-up Research Grant (SRG) scheme aims to assist researchers to initiate their research career in a new institution. It is a two-year grant meant to enable researchers working in frontier areas of science and engineering to establish themselves and move on to the mainstream core research grant. Criteria for selection would be based on the track record of the applicant and the proposed research plan.

    Nature & Duration of Support :

    1. Research grant of Rs. 30 lakh plus overheads for a period of two years.
    2. The research grant will cover equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency apart from overheads. There is a standard cap for travel, contingency and overheads. Applicant has the flexibility to propose budget under various heads as per requirement.
    3. SRG would be a one-time career grant.
    4. Maximum number of grants awarded per year would be 500 across all subject areas.

    Eligibility :

    1. The applicant should be an Indian citizen. Foreign Nationals (including PIO, OCI) working as regular employee in any of the public funded and recognized R&D laboratories/institutions in India are eligible to apply as PI in collaboration with an Indian Co-PI, provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria notified by SERB (SERB Funding Guidelines for foreign nationals dt. 27 Oct 2016).
    2. The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D. / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc. degree.
    3. The applicant must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions.

      [The term “Regular” refers to: (1) Those who are appointed by the institutions against the ‘sanctioned ‘post. Such positions are regularized/confirmed after the probation period is over (2) Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure]
    4. The applicant is eligible to apply within two years of joining the institution.
    5. The upper age limit for SRG would be 42 years, with a relaxation of three years for SC/ST/OBC/ Physically challenged and women candidates.
    6. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalingaswamy Fellows, Faculties recruited through UGC Faculty Recharge Program are not eligible under SRG.
    7. Research Associates, Postdoctoral Fellows, Ad-hoc faculty, Guest faculty, Visiting Scientist, Consultant, Project Fellows and faculty members whose contract is renewed every year are not eligible under SRG. In respect of casesthat are not mentioned above, SERB reserves the right to determine the eligibility.
    8. Co-PIs are not allowed except in case of foreign nationals.
    9. The applicant should not have received YSS, ECR, CRG (erstwhile EMR) or any other grant of SERB.

    Mode of Application and Selection :

    1. Call for applications will be notified through the websites www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. The application should be submitted online at www.serbonline.in.
    2. Selection will be based on the recommendations of Expert Committee constituted by the Board.

    Termination and Transfer of the Project :

    1. If any Principal Investigator (PI) wishes to terminate the project, they shall inform the SERB through the host institute immediately with proper justifications. The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the date of termination of the project or the date of resignation of PI. The institute must also arrange for submission of relevant documents.
    2. SERB reserves the right to terminate the project at any stage if it is convinced that (i) appropriate progress is not being made (ii) the grant has not been utilized properly(iii) furnishing of false information or suppression of factual information.
    3. Projects sanctioned under SRG cannot be transferred to any other person/s.
    4. Transferof approved/sanctioned SRG project to another institution will be considered only in the following cases: (i) From private/public/government institution to any other public/government institution (ii) General administrative transfers in government or public funded institutions.
    5. Change of institute will not be considered in any other cases.

    Plagiarism :
    Proposals submitted need to be original and 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 to avoid any serious repercussions at a later stage.

    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. SERB Grantees need to undertake some SSR activities during their project period. 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.

    How to Apply Online :
    For online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

    1. Applicants should first register in SERB online portal, www.serbonline click here to register
    2. After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile, which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc.
    3. Some of the details of proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
    4. Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded as a single PDF file, not more than 10 MB, as technical document (TD)

    Documents Required (in PDF) :
    For online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

    1. Biodata (under user profile section)
    2. Certificate from Principal Investigator
    3. Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution
    4. Age Proof Certificate (Class X marksheet or Birth certificate)
    5. Category Certificate (in case of Age Relaxation)

    Formats and Guidelines

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

    S. No. Name of the Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
    1 Chemical Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr. S.V. Prasanna
    Scientist D
    2 Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr.Prahlad Ram
    Scientist D
    3 Engineering Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr. Ramesh V
    Scientist D
    4 Life Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr. Pramod Kumar Prasad
    Scientist D
    5 Physical & Mathematical Sciences Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr. K. Karunakaran Magesh Kumar
    Scientist D

    Objectives :
    This scheme aims to encourage emerging and eminent women researchers for individual-centric and competitive mode of research funding to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering.

    Eligibility :

    1. Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
    2. 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.
    3. Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions will be considered under Level I Category, whereas applicants from State Universities / Colleges and Private Academic Institutions should apply under Level II Category.

    Nature and Duration of Support :
    POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories:

    1. Level I: The scale of funding up to 60 lakhs for three years.
    2. Level II: The scale of funding up to 30 lakhs for three years.
    3. The POWER Grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel, and contingency. "Overheads" is also being provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.
    4. POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB-CRG guidelines.

    Application & Selection Procedure :
    In addition to direct applications, the SERB-Core Research Grant (CRG) Platform will be used to identify and support women scientists under the POWER Research Grant component. Accordingly, proposals will be received through two streams:

    1. Stream 1: Direct applications for POWER Grant (Online).
    2. Stream 2: Applications sourced from CRG Scheme (All PACs).
    3. 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.
    Women researchers who have applied in the current cycle but not secured funding under CRG will be considered in Stream 2 at an appropriate level (Level I & II). Women scientists who have applied in CRG Scheme need not re-apply in any of the above streams.

    S.No Name of the Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
    1 SERB – POWER Research Grants Dr. Shiv Mohan Singh
    Scientist G
    Dr Monik Agarwal
    Scientist F

    Call for Proposals Print

    Considering the overwhelming response for the fixed grant scheme MATRICS, devised for active researchers pursuing Mathematical Sciences and the demand from researchers belonging to other Theoretical Sciences, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has decided to extend the fixed grant scheme to other Theoretical Sciences including Quantitative Social Sciences.

    Objective :
    To provide fixed grant support to active researchers with good credentials in Mathematical Sciences, Theoretical Sciences and Quantitative Social Sciences. The main attribute of this scheme would be submission of a simple 1-2 page mathematical/theoretical proposal. The funding provided would cater to the specific needs of Mathematical/Theoretical Sciences research.

    Scope :
    Mathematical Sciences (MS): Mathematical and allied areas Theoretical Sciences (TS): All areas of Science and Engineering (other than mathematical and allied areas) Quantitative Social Sciences (QSS): Quantitative Social Sciences which involves quantitative analysis using mathematical, statistical or computational techniques in the areas of Social Sciences

    Nature of Support :
    Research grant of Rs. 2 lakh p.a. plus overheads for a period of three years.

    Purpose for which grants can be used :

    1. Purchase of text books and monographs.
    2. Purchase of minor equipment such as workstation, laptop, etc.
    3. Purchase of software for research purposes.
    4. Travel support and payment of registration fee for invited talks or presenting a paper in national and international conferences.
    5. Travel support for collaborative visits in India and abroad.
    6. Travel support and other logistics for inviting students and young researchers for research activities.
    (Total expenditure for International travel cannot exceed Rs.2,00,000 of the overall budget)

    Eligibility :

    1. The applicant should be an active researcher in the field of (i) Mathematical Sciences and allied areas; (ii) Science and Engineering (excluding mathematical sciences) or (iii) Social Sciences involving quantitative analysis using mathematical, statistical and computational techniques.
    2. The applicant should hold a Ph.D. or M.D./ M.S. / M.D.S./ M.V.Sc degree and must be working on regular basis in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions.

      [The term “Regular” refers to: (1) Those who are appointed by the institutions against the ‘sanctioned‘ post and are regularized/confirmed after the probation period is over (2) Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure].
    3. The applicant should have completed Ph.D. or M.D./ M.S. / M.D.S./ M.V.Sc degree atleast five years prior to the submission of proposal, in order to have gained individual experience.
    4. The applicant should have at least four years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.

    Restrictions :

    1. An applicant is eligible to submit only one proposal during a call.
    2. PIs who have received grant under MATRICS/CREST cannot apply under SERB International Travel Support Scheme during the project duration.
    3. Co-PIs are not allowed in the scheme.
    4. Pls who have availed MATRICS grant can re-apply under the MATRICS Scheme only after completion of a two years cooling period started from the end date of previous MATRICS grant.
    5. There is no provision for extension of project duration.

    Mode of Application and Selection :
    The call for applications will be notified through the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. The proposal should be submitted online only at www.serbonline. The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee and the criteria of consideration would be (1) credentials of PI (2) publications record and (3) mathematical/theroretical content of the proposal.

    Review of Work Done :
    At the end of each year, the recipients should upload annual report including list of publications and details of talks given in conferences and collaborations that have been initiated.

    Plagiarism :
    Proposals submitted need to be original and 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 to avoid any serious repercussions at a later stage.

    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 SERB Grantees need to undertake these SSR activities during their project period.

    How to Apply Online :

    1. Applicants should first register in the online website,www.serbonline.in
    2. After log-in applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Details Section under User Profile which includes Bio data (as per defined template), Photo, Institute Address, etc.
    3. Some of the details required to be entered for proposal submission include Project Title (max 500 characters), Mathematics review subject classification in case of MATRICS, Keywords (max 6), Project summary (max 3000 characters), etc.

    Documents required (in PDF) :

    1. Bio-data
    2. 1-2 page(s) project proposal Download Template

  • List of ten most significant publications
  • List of all publications in the last five years
  • Certificate from Principal Investigator Download Template
  • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution Download Template
  • Name of the Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
    MATRICS Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr.K.K. Magesh Kumar
    Scientist D

    Call for Proposals Print

    International Travel Support (ITS) Scheme provides financial assistance to Indian researchers for presenting a research paper in an international scientific event (conference, seminar, workshop etc.) held abroad. In addition, support is also provided to young scientists (age limit below 35 years as on date of start of the event) for attending training programmes, Short-term schools and Workshops. Economy class air-fare by shortest route from Air India, airport-tax and visa fees are provided under the scheme. Registration fee as per actual or Rs. 50,000/- whichever is less will be provided to young scientist (Age < 35 on the date of start of event) in addition to the above support. Applications can be submitted within the window of 60-90 days in advance from the date of start of the event. The system will not accept early or late submission of applications. However, applicant who has already submitted a proposal will not be eligible to apply again within next 90 days from the date of submission of the first application.

    How and When to Apply :

    1. The researchers are required to apply online through the portal www.serbonline.in between 60-90 days in advance prior to the start date of the event. The system will not accept early or late submission of applications.

    Formats and Guidelines


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

    Name of the Program Program Coordinator Program Officer
    International Travel Support Dr. D. K. Pandey
    Consultant
    Dr. Sukumar Dey
    Scientist C

    Call for Proposals Print
    Download Template Complete guideline for Principal Investigator for SERB-online system

    Enclosure required pertaining to the events :
    Mandatory For All Appplicants

    1. Certificate from the ConvenerDownload Template

  • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution. Download Template
  • Announcement Brochure.
  • Technical Program with session Wise details and name of session chair/co-chair.
  • List of Keynote Speakers. Download Template
  • Additional enclosure (for events being organized by Registered Societies) :

    1. Local Chapters of the Society if not registered separately should submit their application only through their registered body. (Grants, if approved, will be released only in favor of main Society).
    2. Registration Certificate of Society.
    3. Memorandum of Association & Byelaws.
    4. Audited Statement of Accounts of the Society for previous three years.
    5. Latest Annual Report along with society elected members list.
    6. Audited Income & Expenditure Statement and Utilization Certificates in respect of the grants received from SERB during previous three financial years.
    7. NGO Darpan Portal Proof Document (For more information, please visit ngodarpan.gov.in)
    8. Affidavit (Bond) on Rs. 100/- stamp. Download Template

    Additional enclosures (for events being organized by private Colleges including Private Medical & Engineering Colleges) :

    1. Letter of Affiliation/recognition thus obtained from regulatory bodies vis., UGC, AICTE, Central/State Universities;
    2. A Resolution passed by the Governing Council thereby authorizing the Head of the Institution to receive the financial assistance from SERB.
    3. Audited Income & Expenditure Statement and Utilization Certificates in respects of the grants received under this scheme during previous three financial years.
    4. NGO Darpan Portal Proof Document (For more information, please visit ngodarpan.gov.in)
    5. Affidavit (Bond) on Rs. 100/- stamp. Download Template

    Name of the Program Program Officer
    Assistance to Professional Bodies & Seminars/Symposia Dr. Sukumar Dey
    Scientist C

    Important Notes :
    The following acts / items may reject an application immediately, if found in a submitted application at any stage.

    1. If an applicant fills different dates of an event instead of the lapsed / original dates to escape the days restriction protocol for submission of an application.
    2. If the endorsement letter is not being authenticated by the Head of the institution.
    3. If the information being filled on online portal is not matching with the submitted brochure / other documents, i.e. title of the event, dates etc.
    4. If blank / other paper(s) have been submitted instead of the required mandatory documents while submission of an application.

    Call for Proposals Print

    "Accelerate Vigyan" (AV) strives to provide a big push to high-end scientific research and prepare scientific manpower which can venture into research careers and knowledge-based economy. Recognizing that all research has at its base as development of quality, well-trained researchers; AV will initiate and strengthen mechanisms of identifying research potential, mentoring, training and hands-on workshops, on a broad-based national scale. The aim is to expand the research base in the country, with three broad goals - consolidation / aggregation of all scientific training programs, initiating High end Orientation Workshops and creating opportunities for Research Internships.

    This scheme is primarily to focus on young potential researchers with an aim to give an opportunity to them to spend quality time in the pre-identified premier institution, labs / organizations and empower them through best practices and environment, so that they acquire the requisite skills and vision for undertaking future research assignments requiring high standards. This will be achieved through two modes of learning, that is high end workshops & research internships. The aim is to reach out to those students from the universities / institutes / recognised colleges, who do not have access and exposure to such facilities and environment. Three key words: Encouragement, Aggregation and Consolidation. The SERB, through some of its existing programmes facilitates various forums for scientists and technologists by providing complete or partial grant-in-aid to scientific organizations and professional bodies to organize seminar / symposia, technical workshops, winter / summer schools etc, while the organizers of such events solicit funds from other funding bodies too. However, such efforts of all these ministries / departments and beneficiaries of such programs, often remains unnoticed for the want of a common database. Thus, another component of the AV aims towards branding and aggregation of all the scientific workshops and training programs conducted in the country under a common roof and logo of "Accelerate Vigyan".

    With suitable intervention, liaison and facilitation, SERB will centrally coordinate with the other ministries/departments/organizations for achieving the three goals of AV. The AV will work on mission mode and an Inter-Ministerial Overseeing Committee (IMOC) among all the scientific ministries / departments as well as few others, constituted for the purpose will help and support SERB in implementing the scheme as a successful embodiment. The database of skilled manpower developed across different disciplines so generated and the final outcomes captured in the process will serve the cause of students, teachers, science administrators and other stakeholders, in respect of capacity building in the country to promote Science R&D.

    In a nutshell, Accelerate Vigyan is expected to be a game changer for developing career paths and providing support to catalogue the skilled manpower development.

    Call for Proposals Print

    State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE) is a new scheme of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to augment the research capabilities in a structured way to create a robust R&D ecosystem in state universities and colleges by fostering collaboration for high-end research. The growth of existing research capabilities at these institutions is imperative to ensure horizontal diffusion of research excellence reaching all research students hoping to contribute to the national R&D ecosystem and promoting the enhancement of quality through SERB support.

    Objective :
    SERB-SURE scheme provides research support to active researchers belonging to state universities and colleges including private universities and colleges across India to undertake research and development in frontier areas of science, engineering and quantitative social science. The scheme will seed new research opportunities at various state & private universities and colleges and will propagate scientific temper in faculty and students of these institutions.

    Eligibility :

    1. Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
    2. PI and Co-Investigator(s) should hold PhD./M.D./M.S./M.D.S./MVSc. degree at the time of applying for the grant.
    3. The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a state university/college or private university/college which is recognized by UGC / AICTE / PCI.
    4. The term “Regular” in the context of this scheme 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, Postdoctoral fellows, 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].
    5. Co-PI can become the PI of the project, if the PI superannuates during the duration of the project. 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. Already superannuated Faculty/Scientists are not eligible to apply.
    6. Applicant (PI) having any ongoing or have completed any SERB project/s is not eligible to apply.
    7. Applicant (PI) from centrally funded universities / colleges / institutes/ organization would not be considered for support under this scheme.

    Nature & Duration of Support :
    The total research grants not exceeding Rs. 30 lakhs (Including Overhead) for a period of three years are provided for minor equipment/s, research personnel, consumables, domestic travel, contingency and other costs (analytical charges, equipment user charges, fieldwork charges, etc.,). “Overhead” is provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.

    Mode & Selection of Application :

    1. An applicant is eligible to submit only one proposal during a call.
    2. Any proposal technically rejected by SERB in any scheme should not be resubmitted without any substantial revision to this scheme.
    3. The call for applications 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.
    4. The selection will be based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committees (PACs) constituted by the SERB adopting a two-tier screening mechanism specifically for the scheme. If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/ presentation.
    5. SERB will take the final decision based on the recommendation of PAC.

    How to apply online :
    For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

    1. Applicant(s) should first register on the online website.
    2. After login, the applicant is required to fill all the mandatory fields in the Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photos, Institute addresses etc.
    3. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of the project (max 1500 characters), Expected output, and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Research Personnel, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overhead) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
    4. Other relevant information about the proposal has to be uploaded in a single PDF file not more than 10 MB as another technical document (OTD) (max 1500 words).
    5. The call for proposal will be notified through the websites www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. The proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in.

    Plagiarism :
    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 plagiarized. Any text taken verbatim from other sources 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 plagiarized 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 the scientific infrastructure and expertise of SERB grantees to benefit other S&T stakeholders, especially the less-endowed researchers and society. SSR activities need to be chosen after approval and depending on the activities chosen additional budget would be provided under a separate head to carry out the chosen activities. SERB Grantees need to undertake the proposed SSR activities during their project period.

    Program Coordinator Member Secretary
    Dr. Jacob V.V.
    Scientific Consultants
    Dr. V. Ramesh
    Scientist D