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.
The Science and Engineering Research Board has decided to invite Core Research Grant (EMR PAC) proposals through Call for Proposals twice a year. The proposal submission window for Principal Investigators is open for two months during June and second spell starting from December in a year. The new structure ensures faster delivery of services with known timelines to the stakeholders.
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. The average cost of the EMR project is Rs.35 lakh for a duration of 3 years.
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.