Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I am not able to receive any confirmation mail from SERB PORTAL?

A1: Check your Junk/Spam folder for SERB PORTAL mails. If you are receiving our mails in Junk/Spam then you can save "SERB_Administrator@serbonline.in" in your contacts. If you are still not able to find the mails, then kindly contact the Administrator.

 

Q2: Co-PI for my Institute is not visible in Proposal Submission Form?

A2: If you are unable to find your desired CO-PI , it means that the Co-PI is not registered into the system. For this, you simply need to ask your CO-PI, to register into the system and fill all the mandatory fields of the First Page of the User Profile i.e. Profile Details Bio data, Institute Address.

 

Q3: Unable to add CO-PI from different Institute in Proposal ?

A3:

  • Make sure that your CO-PI is registered into the system and has filled 'Profile Detail' section under 'User Profile' which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc. , failing which you will not be able to add your Co-PI in your proposal.
  • If you are unable to find the institute of your CO-PI during Proposal Submission, then it seems that your CO-PI must have registered with a new Institute which is not yet verified by the administrator. Once the Institute details are verified, you will find that institute in the list.You can make a request to Administrator (info@serbonline.in) to verify your CO-PI Institute.

 

Q4: I am not able to find my Proposal which I have saved earlier?

A4: All saved proposals are visible in Saved Proposal sub menu. Go to Proposal Submission Menu >> Click on Saved Proposal >> Select the Proposal Reference No and click on View Full Proposal Button. (A new Pop-up page will appear with full proposal details that you have already filled). Now you can make the desired changes and submit the proposal.

 

Q5: I am not able to find my submitted Proposals ?

A5: All submitted proposals can be accessed through View Proposal sub menu. Go to Inbox Menu >> Click on View Proposal. You will see all the proposals which you have submitted along with the current status of your submitted proposals.

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.

Q1: Who can apply for ECRA? What are the eligibility criteria for availing the ECRA?

A1: The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering / M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine. The scheme encourages young researchers at the start of their independent research career. The applicant, therefore, must hold a regular* academic / research position# in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions.
Applicants should have an outstanding research track record and profile as evident from research publications and recognitions. The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee that will be formulated to peer review the submitted application. If desired by the Expert Committee, the applicants may be called for a personal interview for presentation of the research objectives of the project.

 

Q2: What does the term "regular" imply?

A2: The term "Regular" in the context of ECRA refers to one or more of the following:
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
Not Eligible: Research Associates, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, Project Fellows, Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year; and those who are expecting to draw salary from the scheme.
(In cases where it is not covered in any of the above, SERB has the right to determine the eligibility)

 

Q3: Are Ramanujan, INSPIRE Faculty, Ramalingaswami Fellows and UGC Faculty Recharge fellows eligible to apply for the Early Career Research Award?

A3: Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalingaswamy 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

 

Q4: What is the age limit for availing ECRA?

A4: The upper age limit for the ECRA is 37 years at the time of the submission of application. Age relaxation of 3 (three) years will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Physically Challenged & Women candidates.

 

Q5: What is the nature of support in ECRA scheme?

A5: The Early Career Research Award is a one-time award and carries a maximum research grant of Rs. 50 Lakhs (excluding overheads) for a period of three years. The research grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel and contingency apart from overheads.

 

Q6: What is the duration of the ECRA project? Can it be extended?

A6: The ECRA is tenable for a period of 3 years. In exceptional cases, depending on the progress of research, the project can be extended.

 

Q7: When should I apply for ECRA? Can I apply for the projects throughout the year?

A7: The call for applications for SERB - ECRA will be notified twice a year (January and July) through the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. Usually one month window will be provided to submit the application along with other documents. All applications should be submitted through the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in.

 

Q8: How should I apply for ECRA? What documents should I submit?

A8: All applications should be submitted through the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in. Usually one month window is provided to submit the application along with other documents. The following documents are mandatory.

  • Research proposal (see www.serbonline.in for the correct format).
  • Proof of Date of Birth (Class X certificate or Date of Birth Certificate)
  • Proof of Caste (only for cases seeking age relaxation)
  • Endorsement Certificate signed by the Head of the Host Institution (format can be downloaded from www.serbonline.in).
  • Undertaking Certificate by the applicant (see online portal for its format)
  • Ethical clearance (if applicable).
The applicants are further advised to follow detailed instructions provided in the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in.

 

Q9: When will I be informed of my selection?

A9: The selection process on an average takes at least two months from the last date of submission of the applications. All selected candidates shall receive an Email notification through the SERB online portal, who are then required to download the offer letter.

 

Q10: Can I have a Co-PI in Early Career Research Award project? Can I have a Mentor in Early Career Research Award project?

A10: The Award is individual centric and therefore no Co-investigators or Mentors are allowed in this scheme. The PI should assume full responsibility for implementing the project.

 

Q11: I am working abroad as post-doc, and I want to return to India. I intend to apply for Early Career Research Award. But I have not yet finalized my place of work. Am I eligible to apply under the scheme?

A11: No. The applicant must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions. Only after joining a research or academic institution, one can apply for the grants under this scheme.

 

Q12:I am implementing an Early Career Research Award project for the last one year. Am I eligible to apply for another project under other scheme/award or fellowship programs of SERB?

A12: Normally, a Project Investigator is allowed to operate only one project at a time. Exceptions are made in a few cases where specific calls for proposals are made for certain topics/programs/schemes. It is advised that the Project Investigator submit another project about 6- months in advance before the completion of the ongoing project, so that the next one will be ready for execution by the time the present one gets completed.

 

Q13:What documents should I send for receiving the next installments of the grant?

A13:The PIs should upload annual Progress Report and financial statements at the end of each financial year. The release of the next instalment of the grant will be considered only after submission of (a) Proper Utilization Certificate (separately for recurring & Non-recurring) and Statement of Expenditure, financial year wise and (b) Annual Progress Report through the SERB online portal.

 

Q14:I intend to change my Host Institution? What procedure should I follow?

A14: Change of Host Institution shall be undertaken only after obtaining due approval from SERB.
The transfer of the fellowship along with balance grant and the assets to the new institute is allowed, provided the administrative authority of both institutes agree in writing. NOC from the previous host institute and Endorsement Form from the new host Institute must be sent to SERB through the online portal.

 

Q15:I wish to surrender my Early Career Research Award? What documents must I send to SERB?

A15: If the one wishes to terminate the project, he/she shall inform the SERB through the host institution immediately. The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the date of termination of the project.
SERB reserves the right to terminate the grant at any stage if it is convinced that appropriate progress is not being made or the grant has not been utilized properly.

 

Q16:Can I be away from the implementing Institute when I am implementing the ECRA?

A16: The PIs must seek the consent of SERB if he/she intends to be away from the implementing institute (except for field work related to the project) continuously for a period more than eight weeks.

 

Q17:What should be done for the unspent grant under ECRA project after the completion of the tenure of the project?

A17: The following documents should to be sent to the SERB after the duration of the project is completed:

  • Final Consolidated Statement of Expenditure (in duplicate), giving expenditure financial year wise (FY) from date of start till date of completion;
  • Utilization Certificates (FY wise) for all FYs (in duplicate) matching with Statement of Expenditure figures in that FY;
  • Project Completion Report (PCR) with list of publications, patents filed.
  • DD/ cheque for the unspent grant, drawn in favor of 'Fund for Science & Engineering Research'
  • Principal Investigator is responsible for the timely submission of progress report, utilization certificate, project closure report (PCR), refund of unspent balance amount etc. at end or early closure of the project.

 

Q1: Who can apply for NPDF? What are the eligibility criteria for availing the post-doctoral fellowship?

A1: The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine. Those who have submitted their PhD/M. D/M. S thesis and are awaiting award of the degree are also eligible to apply.
Applicants should have an outstanding track record as evident from the quality of the research outputs and publications. The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee.

 

Q2: What is the age limit for availing NPDF?

A2: The upper age limit for the fellowship is 35 years at the time of the submission of application. Age relaxation of 5 (five) years will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Physically Challenged & Women candidates.

 

Q3: What is the amount of fellowship? Is my fellowship taxable? Is the fellowship tenable outside India?

A3: The Fellowship amount for NPDF is Rs. 55,000/- per month. For those who have submitted their Ph.D. degree, Rs. 35,000/- per month will be offered till they are awarded the eligible degree. The fellowship is taxable under the Income Tax rules of India.
The fellowship is tenable only in India and can be implemented in any of the recognized academic institutions, national laboratories and other recognized R & D institutions. The host institution should provide necessary administrative and infrastructural support.

 

Q4: What is the tenure of the NPDF? Can it be extended?

A4: The fellowship is purely a temporary assignment, and is tenable initially for a period of 2 years. In exceptional cases, depending on the progress of research, the fellowship can be extended for one more year. There is no provision to extend the tenure beyond three years in any case.

 

Q5: Can I avail the NPDF from the same institution from where I have obtained the Ph. D. degree? Can I avail other fellowship grants?

A5: The fellowship is generally not availed at the same institution where one has obtained or worked for the PhD/M.S/M.D degree. Also, the fellowship cannot be availed with the doctoral thesis supervisor or co-supervisor as a mentor.
The fellows are not eligible to receive fellowship/salary from any other Government or Non- Governmental source during the tenure of the SERB National Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

 

Q6: What is the nature of support in NPDF scheme?

A6: National Post-Doctoral Fellow will be entitled to receive grants under the following budget heads.

Sl. No. Budget Head Amount
1. Fellowship Rs. 55,000/- per month (consolidated)
(Rs. 35,000/- p.m for fellows who are awaiting the award of the Ph.D. degree)
2. Research Grant Rs. 2,00,000/- per annum
3. Overheads Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum

Q7: When should I apply for NPDF? Can I apply for the National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (N- PDF) projects throughout the year?

A7: The applicant must first identify the host institution and a suitable Mentor in the host institution under which the proposed research objectives will be pursued.
The call for applications for SERB - NPDF will be notified twice a year (April and October) through the website www.serbonline.in andwww.serb.gov.in. Usually one month window will be provided to submit the application along with other documents. All applications should be submitted through the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in

 

Q8: Who is eligible to be a Mentor? Can my Ph.D. supervisor or co-supervisor act as a mentor?

A8: The Mentor should hold a regular academic or research position in the host institution. The fellowship cannot be availed with the doctoral thesis supervisor or co-supervisor as a mentor.

 

Q9: How should I apply for NPDF? What documents should I submit?

A9: All applications should be submitted through the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in . Usually one month window is provided to submit the application along with other documents. The following documents are mandatory.
(a) Research proposal (see www.serbonline.in for the correct format).
(b) Proof of Date of Birth (Class X certificate or Date of Birth Certificate)
(c) Proof of Caste (only for cases seeking age relaxation)
(d) Proof of Ph.D. Degree or proof of Ph.D. thesis submission certificate.
(e) Endorsement Certificate signed by Mentor and Head of the Host Institution (format can be downloaded fromwww.serbonline.in )
(f) Undertaking Certificate by the applicant (see online portal for its format)
(g) Reprints of your two best publications.
(h) CV of the Mentor (see online portal for its format)
The applicants are advised to follow detailed instructions provided in the SERB online portal www.serbonline.in .

 

Q10:When will I be informed of my selection?

A10: The selection process on an average takes at least two months from the last date of submission of the applications. All selected candidates shall receive an Email notification through the SERB online portal, who are then required to download the offer letter.

 

Q11:When should I join the host institution? When and how will I receive the Fellowship?

A11: Successful applicants must first join the host institution within three months from the date of receipt of the offer letter. After joining, the joining report must be uploaded through the online portal along with the RTGS details of the host institution.
The Sanction Order will be issued within a month once the joining report and RTGS details are uploaded in the online portal. The funds are expected to be released to host institution within three weeks of issue of sanction order. The fellowship amount will be subsequently disbursed by the host institution to the Fellow. The NPDF fellow is eligible to receive fellowship from the date of joining the host institution.

 

Q12:Is there any break up available for the NPDF research grant?

A12: Flexibility is provided to the Fellow and the Mentor for utilising the Research Grant as per the needs of the research work. Generally, the Research grant can be used for purchasing minor equipment, consumables and contingencies. The grant can also be utilised for travel in India for attending workshops/conferences and other research related activities. In this regard, the host institution’s norms shall apply for TA/DA.

 

Q13:Can I recruit a manpower under this scheme?

A13: There is no provision for providing manpower under this scheme. The Fellow is expected to undertake research himself/herself during the entire duration of the fellowship.

 

Q14:I have received my fellowship for the first year. What documents should I send to receive my scholarship for the second year?

A14: The Fellows should upload annual Progress Report and financial statements at the end of each financial year. The release of the next instalment of the grant will be considered only after submission of (a) Proper Utilization Certificate and Statement of Expenditure, financial year wise and (b) Annual Progress Report through the SERB online portal.

 

Q15:I intend to change my Mentor/Host Institution? What procedure should I follow?

A15: Change of Mentor/Host Institution is generally discouraged and can be allowed only in exceptional cases.
Change of Host Institution shall be undertaken only after obtaining due approval from SERB. The new host institute in any case should not be the institution from which the applicant has worked for his Ph.D. or obtained his Ph.D. degree.
The transfer of the fellowship along with balance grant and the assets to the new institute is allowed, provided the administrative authority of both institutes agree in writing. NOC from the previous host institute and Endorsement Form from the new host Institute & new Mentor must be sent to SERB through the online portal.

 

Q16:I wish to resign as NPDF? What documents must I send to SERB?

A16: If the one wishes to terminate the fellowship and leave the institute, he/she shall inform the SERB through the host institution immediately. The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the date of termination of the project or the date of resignation of fellow.

 

Q17:What are the rules for availing leave?

A17: The NPDF is entitled to leaves as per norms of the host institution. Participation in scientific workshops held in India or abroad will be treated as on duty. Maternity leave, as per the Govt. of India instructions issued from time to time, would be available to female candidates in all categories.

 

Q18:Is SERB terminate NPDF fellowship?

A18: SERB reserves the right to terminate the Fellowship at any stage if it is convinced that appropriate progress is not being made or the grant has not been utilized properly.

 

Q19:I am will be completing two years as NPDF shortly. I wish to seek extension of the tenure. How should I proceed?

A19:Only in exceptional cases, the fellowship can be extended for the third year. The extension request will be considered by SERB after the receipt of the assessment report forwarded through the host institution.
A five-member independent assessment committee needs to be constituted by the host institution to assess the progress of the Fellow after the completion of 18 months. The Assessment Committee shall include (a) Mentor, (b) Two faculty members from the Host Institution (c) One External Subject Expert and (d) Head of the Department/Division, who will be the Chairman of the Assessment Committee.
The recommendation of the Assessment Committee should be forwarded to the SERB through the Head of the Host Institution, preferably before three months from the completion of the two-year tenure of the NPDF fellow. No extension requests will be entertained after the completion of the twoyear tenure.
The SERB reserves the right to grant or deny extension of the tenure of the NPDF in all the cases.

 

Q20:Can I be away from the implementing Institute when I am working as National Post-Doctoral Fellow?

A20: The fellows must seek the consent of SERB if he/she intends to be away from the implementing institute (except for field work related to the project) continuously for a period more than eight weeks.

 

Q21:What should be done for the unspent grant under National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (N- PDF) after the completion of the tenure of the fellowship?

A21: The following documents should to be sent to the SERB after the duration of the Fellowship is completed:

  1. Final Consolidated Statement of Expenditure (in duplicate), giving expenditure financial year wise (FY) from date of start till date of completion;
  2. Utilization Certificates (FY wise) for all FYs (in duplicate) matching with Statement of Expenditure figures in that FY;
  3. Project Completion Report (PCR) with list of publications, patents filed.
  4. DD/ cheque for the unspent grant, drawn in favor of 'Fund for Science & Engineering Research'
  5. Mentor and PDF candidate are responsible for the timely submission of progress report, utilization certificate, project closure report (PCR), refund of unspent balance amount etc. at end or early closure of the project.

Q1: What is the difference between an EMR project and a High Risk High Reward (HRHR) project?

A1: Both EMR and HRHR projects are expected to address important and challenging issues resulting in advancement of scientific knowledge. However, in HRHR projects, the risks associated to address the proposed scientific issues are high, and if it is successfully solved, should result in high reward. This could be in the form of new hypothesis, methodology, process or products, and may have the potential to open up new frontiers in S&T. In other words, proposals resulting in 'incremental knowledge' will not be supported under the HRHR scheme.

 

Q2: Does the Board has any priority areas for funding HRHR projects?

A2: No. The Board funds all areas of Science and Engineering without discriminating any discipline. The proposal will be funded if it is conceptually new, risky and challenge the existing hypothesis and approaches. If successful, it is expected to open up new frontiers in science and technology.

 

Q3: Can I apply for a project under HRHR scheme when I am already implementing another project (such as EMR) in SERB?

A3: Yes. You can apply and implement a HRHR project, in addition any other project being implemented by you in SERB.

 

Q4: I am currently executing an HRHR project in the area of Chemical Sciences. I want to apply for another HRHR project related to Engineering Sciences. Will I be funded another project?

A4: No. Only one HRHR project can be executed at a time.

 

Q5: I want to apply for a HRHR scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?

A5: 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.

 

Q6: Are Co-Investigators allowed in HRHR 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 HRHR 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: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?

A7: SERB is planning to fix time-lines to call for proposals for each scheme. Please look at notifications in websites ( www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in) for information.

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?

A9: SERB is planning to fix time-lines to call for proposals for each scheme. Please look at notifications in websites ( www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in) for information.

Q1: Can I apply for EMEQ Opportunities after my superannuation in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions in the field of Science and Engineering?

A1: No.The applicant should have at least three years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.

 

Q2: I am working abroad as post-doc, and I want to return to India. I intend to apply for EMEQ. But I have not yet finalized my place of work. Am I eligible to apply under the scheme?

A2: No. The applicant should be an active researcher belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category working on regular basis in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions in the field of Science and Engineering.

 

Q3: Can I apply for a project under EMEQ scheme when I am already implementing another project (such as EMR) of SERB?

A3: Yes

 

Q4: Can I apply for a project under EMEQ scheme when I am already implementing another project within the same scheme in SERB?

A4: No. Researchers/Scientists who are running an ongoing project under this program as on the date of submission of the proposal, are not eligible to apply.

 

Q5: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?

A5: The project proposals for consideration under EMEQ scheme can be submitted only when the call for proposal is made. The call will be made in the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in

 

Q6: What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?

A6: The funding is provided up to a maximum of Rs. 50.0 lakh (excluding overhead charges) for a period not exceeding three years. The budget should be proposed based on the requirement for the successful implementation of the project. The final decision regarding the budget will be made by the Task Force Committee.

 

Q7: Can I have a Co-PI in EMEQ project?

A7: No

 

Q8: I belong to OBC category. Can I apply under EMEQ Scheme?

A8: No. This scheme is specially meant to support scientists belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe only.

 

Q9: If I am from the SC/ST category, am I eligible to apply only in EMEQ and not in EMR scheme?

A9: You are eligible to apply in both the schemes provided the proposals are distinctly different.

 

Q10: Does the Board have any priority areas for funding under EMEQ scheme?

A10: No. The Board funds all the areas of Science and Engineering without discriminating any discipline. Research proposals outside the normal activities of such institutions (i.e. National R&D Programs, Programs in newly emerging and front-line areas of research etc.) will be preferred. Further, proposals involving purely survey-oriented work and routine studies will not be normally considered.The proposal will be funded if it has novelty and the investigator has the competence to execute the project.

 

Q11: Does the Board allow to travel abroad under EMEQ scheme?

A11: International travel is not supported under the EMEQ project.

 

Q12: Do I need to provide any special document/certificates for project involving Recombinant DNA work or experiments with human/animal material or Earth science under this grant?

A12: The following documents should also be included along with the proposal

  • Projects which involve Recombinant DNA work should be examined and certified by Institutional Biosafety Committee.
  • Projects, which are clinically oriented or projects, which involve experiments with human and/or animal material, should be examined and certified by Institutional Ethics Committee.
  • Proposals in the area of Earth Sciences should contain the geological map of the region to be studied.

 

Q13: Does SERB discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding?

A13: 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.

Q1: What are the main activities supported under the programme?

A1: The main activity supported under the programme is preparation of books/monographs/state-of the art reports.

 

Q2: What is the upper age limit to apply for the scheme?

A2: After superannuation, Scientists upto the age of 67 years can apply for the scheme.

 

Q3: Will SERB support the cost of publication?

A3: No, SERB will not support the cost of publication.

 

Q4: How much honorarium will be paid to the investigator?

A4: The investigator will get honorarium of Rs.20,000/- per month for two years.

 

Q5: Is it possible for investigator to change the institute? If yes, what is the procedure?

A5: Yes, investigator can change the institute and for doing so he/she should submit the letter of endorsement from the new institute along with the NOC from the previous institute.

 

Q6: How many copies of the book published under the scheme have to be submitted to the SERB?

A6: Investigator should submit three copies of the published book to the SERB.

 

Q7: What are the documents required for the release of next installment of grant?

A7: For the release of next installment of grant the investigator should submit financial papers in format (from the date of start of the project to 31st March of next year) along with the progress.

 

Q8: When Can I get my second release and how much?

A8: Second release is made after one year from the start of the project in a financial year, after presentation of the successful progress of the work by the PI in front of the Management Advisory Committee (MAC). The amount released in the second installment will be equal to total sanction amount minus grant released till date minus 10% of the total project cost.

 

Q9: When will the PI get balance 10% of the sanction grant?

A9: The 10% amount (unreleased sanctioned amount) available with the DST for release will be reimbursed to the institute after completion of the project duration, receipt of the three copies of the published book and financial papers for the total duration of the project till the extended period by the department of the project duration, if any. Any expenditure done after the prior approval of formal extended duration of the project will not be reimbursed by DST.

 

Q10: What kind of acknowledgment is expected in the book published under the Scheme of SERB?

A10: The book/monograph when published should also acknowledge the support of SERB under USERS Scheme with the following note:

Catalysed and Supported by the
Science & Engineering Research Board
Department of Science & Technology
Under its Utilisation of Scientific Expertise of Retired Scientists Scheme

 

Q11: Will the cost of three copies of the book be paid by DST?

A11: No, it is mandatory for the Principal Investigator to forward three copies of the published books.

 

Q12: In whose favour should the remaining unspent grant be forwarded after completion of the project duration (if any)?

A12: The unspent grant should be forwarded in favour of 'Fund for Science & Engineering Research' through Demand Draft.

 

Q13: From where can I get the format for the financial papers?

A13: The format for the financial papers are available at SERB website.

The programme is under formulation.

Q1: What is the difference between an EMR project and an Intensification of Research in High Priority Area (IRHPA) project?

A1: Both EMR and IRHPA projects are expected to address important and challenging issues resulting in advancement of scientific knowledge. However, IRHPA projects should address the emerging areas of research and are not paid enough attention for research in the country.

 

Q2: Can I apply for a project underIRHPA scheme when I am already implementing another project (such as EMR) in SERB?

A2: Yes. You can apply and implementa IRHPA project, in addition any other project being implemented by you in SERB.

 

Q3: I am currently executing an IRHPAproject,can I apply for an another IRHPAproject in a new priority area. Will I be funded another project?

A3: No. Only after the successful completion of the ongoing IRHPA project, you become eligible for apply.

 

Q4: I want to apply for a IRHPA scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?

A4: 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.

 

Q5: Shall IRHPA project will support the infrastructure development of the institution?

A5: Necessary minimum facilities for the successful implementation of high priority area of research alone will be supported. Mere improvement of infrastructure facilities like construction of buildings, procurement of sophisticated analytical instrument will not be supported under this scheme.

 

Q6: Are Co-Investigators allowed in IRHPA 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 IRHPA 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: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?

A7: Call for IRHPA projects will be made during April and September months of every year. Please look at notifications in websites (www.serb.gov.in; and www.serbonline.in) for information.

Q1: I was awarded Travel Support to attend an International Conference held in Washington during Oct. 2012. But, I could not attend the conference due to delay in getting Visa. Can I use the above support to attend another conference to be held in Jan 2013?

A1: No. The support given to one event can not be used to attend another. The researcher need to apply afresh to seek funding for another event.

 

Q2: I have been given travel support to attend an International Conference in Guanzhou, China during Nov. 2012. Air India does operate directly to the destination. Can I go by Private Airlines which have direct connection from Delhi?

A2: No. If Air India does not have direct flight, you should go to the nearest hub (in this case Hong Kong) by Air India, and beyond that you can avail the service of Private Airlines.

 

Q3: I have been recommended support to attend an International Conference to be held in Paris during Dec. 2012. I find the cost of travel by Air India is much higher than Private Airlines. Can I travel by Private Airlines as the cost is cheaper?

A3: No. You should travel by Air India even if the cost is more and the Board will reimburse the Air fare.

 

Q4: I have been awarded travel support to attend an International Conference to be held in Frankfurt, Germany during Dec. 2012. I find tickets are not available in Air India. Can I travel by Private Airlines?

A4: If tickets are not available on Air India, or for any other reasons, if you decide to travel by Private Airlines, You should get prior permission from Ministry of Civil Aviation. Without the Permission letter, SERB will not be able to reimburse the travel expenses.

 

Q5: Whom should one approach in Ministry of Civil Aviation seeking permission to travel by Private Airlines?

A5: You should approach the following officials:

Shri Dinesh Sharma
Ministry of Civil Aviation
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi
Fax: 24632950/2873
Tel Fax: 24651132

Shri S. K. Chhikara, Under Secretary
Ministry of Civil Aviation
Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi
Fax: 24651132
E-mail: chhikara[dot]sk[at]nic[dot]in

 

Q6: I have availed travel support earlier under this scheme and three year period has not been completed ( one month is left) yet. I want to apply for another conference now. Am I eligible?

A6: No. You should have completed three years. The duration of three years will be counted from the date of start of last conference to the date of start of the one you intend to apply now.

 

Q7: What are the criteria for awarding travel support?

A7: The Board receives large number of applications. The selection is made based on many parameters. Most important of them being the track record of the applicant as evidenced from the list of publications in SCI journals during the last 5 years and also importance of the conference. The Committee will try to accommodate candidates from different institutions and different category( students, women and senior researchers) of researchers wherever possible.

 

Q8: I have been invited by a Professor at MIT, USA to undergo training in his laboratory for 2 months to learn modern techniques. Such facilities are not available in our country, and this training will help immensely in furthering my research skills. Can I avail support to undergo this training?

A8: No. The Scheme supports travel which are of international character. Any invitation of individual nature, even if they are important, will not be considered for support.

 

Q9: I have been awarded travel support to attend an international conference in London during Dec. 2012. I have a plan to spend 2 months in the laboratory of a Professor at Cambridge University immediately after the conference is over. Can I use the travel support to further my research at Cambridge University?

A9: You can use the travel support to hone your research skill at Cambridge University. But you should indicate the plan while seeking the support, and should return and settle the travel bill within 90 days.

Q1: Who can apply for Seminar/Symposia scheme?

A1: Any of the academic institutions, research laboratories, professional bodies and other non-profit organizations engaged in promoting and disseminating scientific research results in India to organize National or International Conference, Seminar, Workshop etc., are eligible for partial financial support under the scheme.

 

Q2: When the proposal/application can be submitted?

A2: Application should be submitted online only not earlier than 180 Days and not later than 60 Days, before the start date of the event.

 

Q3: What documents should be submitted with the application?

A3:
Mandatory For All Appplicants

  • Certificate from the Convener.Download 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)

  • 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).
  • Registration Certificate of Society;
  • Memorandum of Association & Byelaws;
  • Audited Statement of Accounts of the Society for previous three years.
  • Latest Annual Report along with Society’s elected members list.
  • Audited Income & Expenditure Statement and Utilization Certificates in respect of the grants received from SERB during previous three financial years.
  • Darpan Portal Proof Document

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

  • Letter of Affiliation/recognition thus obtained from regulatory bodies vis., UGC, AICTE, Central/State Universities;
  • A Resolution passed by the Governing Council thereby authorizing the Head of the Institution to receive the financial assistance from SERB.
  • Audited Income & Expenditure Statement and Utilization Certificates in respects of the grants received under this scheme during previous three financial years.

 

Q4: Under which heads the support is provided?

A4: The support is provided under the:

  • Domestic Travel for Young and Senior Scientists (Indian Only)
  • Contingencies (Stationary items, Working Tea / Lunch, Audio-Visuals etc.)
  • Pre-Conference Printing (Announcements, abstracts etc.)

 

Q5: Can I get full support to organize the event?

A5: No, only partial support is provided. Organizations should indicate the details of any support expected from other agencies, including host institute.

 

Q6: Can I pay TA/DA for International experts/participants?

A6:No, the support is only meant for the participation of Indian scientists.

 

Q7: Can I get the remittance in favor of convener / organising event’s account name?

A7: No, the grants-in- aid can only be released in favor of Head of the Institution (in case of the Central/State Institutions, Laboratories, Universities & Colleges) OR President/Secretary (in case of the registered Societies) as per RTGS.

 

O8:Can I get the support for organizing the event outside India?

A8: No, the support is available for organizing the event within the country.

 

Q9: Can the event be organized under collaboration of any other institutes/organization?

A9: Yes, the event can be organized jointly with any other institute(s)/organization(s).

 

Q10: What is Darpan Portal Proof Document?

A.10: As per the directive of Government of India, a Society / NGO / Trust / Entity etc. should be registered on NGO Darpan Portal, and must have the “Unique Id” provided by the NGO Darpan Portal. Therefore; an NGO / Society / Trust is required to provide the Unique Id proof of their corresponding organization to SERB along with application for support to organize a specific event of societal importance.

Q1: Is the fellowship granted under Ramanujan Fellowship Programme taxable?

A1: Yes.

 

Q2: For whom the Ramanujan Fellowship is meant and what is the aim of initiating the Ramanujan Fellowship?

A2: The Ramanujan Fellowship is meant for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific positions in India, especially those scientists who want to return to India from abroad. The Fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective.

 

Q3: How can a person apply for the Ramanujan Fellowship?

A3: An eligible candidate can submit the Ramanujan Fellowship application in the prescribed format and then approach an Institute to host the Ramanujan Fellowship. The application should be forwarded by the Head of the host Institute.

 

Q4: When can a person apply for the Ramanujan Fellowship? What is the last date of acceptance of the application?

A4: The applications for the Ramanujan Fellowship is accepted throughout the year and there is no last date of acceptance of the application.

 

Q5: What are the area covered under Ramanujan Fellowship?

A5: All Areas of Science (in the broadest terms) are covered under this scheme.

 

Q6: Which are the institutes and universities where the Ramanujan Fellow can work?

A6: The Ramanujan Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country and they would be eligible for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India.

 

Q7: What are the eligibility criteria for applying for Ramanujan Fellowship?

A7: Following are the eligibility criteria for applying for Ramanujan Fellowship:

  1. The fellowship is open to brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world who are below the age of 60 years
  2. The applicant should possess a higher degree or equivalent, such as Ph.D. in Science/Engineering, Masters in Engineering or Technology/MD in Medicine, etc. and have adequate professional experience.
  3. These Fellowships are very selective and only those who have a proven/outstanding tract-record as evident from their research publications and recognitions would be eligible.
  4. The candidate has to opt for either this fellowship or his present position/fellowship, if any.

 

Q8: What is the duration of the Ramanujan Fellowship?

A8: The Ramanujan Fellowship duration is for 5 years..

 

Q9: When and how can the individual start his Ramanujan Fellowship?

A9: A letter is sent by the Science & Engineering Research Board to the Individual as well as to the host Institute informing the award of Ramanujan Fellowship. After this the Individual has to sent his Acceptance Letter to the Host Institute, indicating the Month when he wants to start the Fellowship, and then the Institute will forward his Acceptance Letter to the Science & Engineering Research Board. Based on this letter the Department will process the case for getting the administrative and financial approvals and then a Sanction Order is issued to the Host Institute (and a copy to the Ramanujan Fellow) and a copy is marked to the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, SERB for disbursing the grant under Ramanujan Fellowship. When the grant money is received by the Host Institute, the Ramanujan Fellow can start his Fellowship.

 

Q10: What is the nature of support the Ramanujan Fellow is entitled for?

A10: The Ramanujan Fellow is entitled to a Fellowship of Rs.75,000/- per month and in addition a Research Grant of Rs.5.00 Lakh per annum.

 

Q11: What are the other emoluments if any under Ramanujan Fellowship like HRA etc?

A11: For other emoluments like HRA the individual has to negotiate with the Institute in his own capacity.

 

Q12: Can a person avail grants under Ramanujan Fellowship and Salary from the Institute at the same time?

A12: No, A person can opt either for his salary in the Institute or Fellowship amount under Ramanujan Fellowship. However, a person can avail Research Grant of Rs.5.00 Lacs per annum alongwith Salary from the Institute.

 

Q13: Can a person change the host institute after getting Ramanujan Fellowship?

A13: A person can change the host institute after getting Ramanujan Fellowship. He has to get NOCs from both the Institutes.

 

Q14: How many times a person can avail International Travel per year in the Ramanujan Fellowship?

A14: A person can avail one International Travel per annum under Ramanujan Fellowship.

 

Q15: How does a Ramanujan Fellow get his subsequent Grant?

A15: The Grant for the subsequent year are released only after receiving Statement of Expenditure (SE) and Utilization Certificate (UC) in the prescribed format (available in the website). The SE and UC are financial year wise i.e. from 01st April to 31st March. And for the first year it would be from the Date of Start (DOS) to 31st March and subsequently from 01st April to 31st March. In addition an Yearly Review of the work of the Ramanujan Fellow is required to be done by the Committee Chaired by the Head of the Institute. This yearly review report is to be submitted alongwith the SE & UC.

 

Q1: For whom the J.C. Bose Fellowship is meant?

A1: The J.C. Bose Fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists and engineers for their outstanding performance and contributions. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective.

 

Q2: What are the eligibility criteria for applying/availing J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A2:

  • Should be an active scientist with a record of outstanding performance apparent from the award of SS Bhatnagar prize and/or fellowship of science academies (including engineering, agriculture and medicine).
  • The scientist should be in service at the time of nomination to this fellowship.
  • The nominee should be an Indian national working in institutions in India.

 

Q3: What are the areas covered under J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A3: All Areas of Science (in the broadest terms) are covered by this Fellowship.


 

Q4: What is the nature of support for the J.C. Bose Fellow?

A4: The J.C. Bose Fellow will receive personnel Fellowship of Rs.25,000/- per month and a Research Grant of Rs.15.00 Lakh per annum. Rs.1.00 Lakh is provided as Overheads for the host institute.

 

Q5: What is the upper age limit up to which the J C Bose fellowship can be availed?

A5: 68 years.

 

Q6: Can the JC Bose fellow continue the fellowship after superannuation?

A6: The JC Bose fellowship can be continued after superannuation provided a host institution is willing to accept the fellowship and provide all necessary infrastructure and administrative support.

 

Q7: When can a person apply for the J.C. Bose Fellowship? What is the last date of acceptance of the application?

A7: The nominations for the J.C. Bose Fellowship are accepted throughout the year and there is no last date of acceptance of the nomination.

 

O8:Who can nominate for J C Bose Fellows?

A8: Heads of Institutions, JC Bose fellows, Presidents of Science Academies can send the nominations.

 

Q9: What is the duration of the J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A9: The J.C. Bose Fellowship duration is 5 years.

 

Q10: How/When can the individual start his J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A10: A letter is sent by the Science & Engineering Research Board to the Individual as well as to the host Institute informing the award of J.C. Bose Fellowship. On receipt of this offer letter, the Individual has to send acceptance letter indicating the month when he/she wants to start the Fellowship, and then the Institute will forward the acceptance letter to the Science & Engineering Research Board. Based on this letter, the Board will process for necessary approvals and a Sanction Order will be issued to the host institute (and a copy to the J.C. Bose Fellow). When the grant money is received at the host institute, the J.C. Bose Fellow can start his Fellowship.

 

Q11: How does a J.C. Bose Fellow get his subsequent Grant?

A11: The Grant for the subsequent years is released after receiving Statement of Expenditure (SE) and Utilization Certificate (UC) in the prescribed format (available in the website). The SE and UC are to be submitted financial year wise i.e. from 01st April to 31st March. For the first year it would be from the Date of Start (DOS) to 31st March and subsequently from 01st April to 31st March.

 

Q12: Is the personal fellowship received in J.C. Bose Fellowship scheme taxable?

A12: Yes, it is taxable.

 

Q13:Can a fellow change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A13: A J C Bose fellow can change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship. He has to forward NOCs from both the Institutes along with final financial papers indicating balance unspent grant from the old institute and appointment letter from the new Institute indicating the joining date and duration of the appointment.

 

Q14: What are the guidelines for superannuated fellows availing of the JC Bose fellowship along with any other fellowship/ honorarium?

A14: Superannuated JC Bose fellows can avail the award money provided for SS Bhatnagar Prize/Academy fellowships and honorarium/salary being provided by the host institution in addition to JC Bose fellowship. However, they are not allowed to avail any other fellowship of a similar kind such as DAE Raja Ramanna Fellowship. Any misinformation in this regard may lead to full recovery of J C Bose fellowship with penal interest from the awardees.

 

Q15:Is there a provision for extension of the fellowship?

A15:

  • The fellowship can be renewed for a period of 5 years after rigorous assessment of research performance of the fellow during the tenure of the fellowship. The fellows will be required to submit a document highlighting the research work done during the previous 5 years, with complete list of publications/patents, and manpower trained during the tenure of the fellowship. The criteria for renewal will be based on research performance. Any other accomplishment such as occupying leadership position will not be counted as factors.
  • Minimum exit of 25% of the fellows will be enforced while giving the extension of the fellowship.

 

Q16:Is there a flexibility to utilize the research grant?

A16: A J C Bose fellow can change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship. He has to forward NOCs from both the Institutes along with final financial papers indicating balance unspent grant from the old institute and appointment letter from the new Institute indicating the joining date and duration of the appointment

 

Q1: What is the main objective of the AB program?

The main objective of the AB program is to promote the application of basic sciences towards the investigation of Ayurvedic concepts, procedures and products with the materials and methods of Molecular Biology, Immunology and Biological Chemistry.

 

Q2: How is the Project Proposal submitted under AB program different from those supported by the ministry of Ayush?

A2: AB program confines itself to the subjects indicated in Question 2. It excludes herbal drug development, clinical research including clinical trials for safety and efficacy of drugs and medical procedures.

 

Q3: Does the Board have priority areas for funding under AB Program ?

A3: The current areas of interest are the following:

  • Rasayana and degenerative diseases especially of the central nervous and musculo skeletal systems.
  • Prakriti and human genomics.
  • Role of pathya and nutritional sciences in health and disease.
  • Physiological, immunological and biochemical correlates of traditional Ayurvedic procedures such as Panchakarma.
The above list is not rigid. Study of basic concepts and mechanistic basis of therapeutic effects in Ayurveda employing novel approaches would be considered.

 

Q4: What is the budget limit for the AB projects supported by the SERB?

A4: There is no budget limit. However, the budget is decided based on the requirement for its successful implementation. The Investigator should propose a budget which is realistic based on proposed objectives and supporting experiments.

 

Q5: What is the normal duration of a project?

A5: The normal duration of a AB project supported is three years. However, depending on the quantum of work, the duration can vary as well.

 

Q6: Currently I am executing an EMR project under Life sciences. Whether I am eligible to apply for a project under Ayurvedic biology program?

A6: Yes.

 

Q7: I wish to apply for a project on plant based research. Will it will be considered under ABprogram?

A7: Projects that deal with ethnopharmacology will not be considered.

 

O8: I am a basic biologist I wish to apply a project under AB. Is it mandatory that I should have co-Investigator with Ayurvedic knowledge?

A8: Yes.

 

Q9: Are co-investigators allowed in ABproject? 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 AB projects.Separate budget can also be provided to the co-investigator (s) even if they belong to different institutions. However, the co-Investigator (s) role and the budget should be appropriately justified. PI should clearly indicate a Co-Investigators in his institution, who should be qualified, ready and willing to take over in case the PI leaves.

 

Q10: How does the SERB monitor the progress of funded projects?

A10: Apart from submitting annual progress report and account statements, the investigators may also be called for presentation before the Task force. In certain cases, on site visit also made to assess the progress of work.

 

Q11: When can I apply for funding? Is there any time schedule for submission of application?

A11: Proposals can be submitted any time of the year.

 

Q1: What is the difference between EMR (Mathematical Sciences) and MATRICS Scheme?

A1: While EMR is core grant scheme without limitations on budget, MATRICS Scheme offers a fixed grant of 2 lakh p.a. plus overheads. Expenditure for manpower and major equipments are not supported in this scheme. MATRICS Scheme is tailored for active mathematicians with a flexible but fixed budget. The proposal format is also simple which requires 1-2 page summary of the mathematical work to be carried out.

 

Q2: Can I apply for a project under MATRICS scheme when I am already implementing another project under EMR?

A2: Yes. Researchers/Scientists who are running an ongoing project under EMR or any other scheme of SERB are eligible to apply.

 

Q3: Can I have a Co_PI in the project?

A3: Co-PI is not permitted in the scheme.

 

Q4: Can I apply for MATRICS scheme after my superannuation in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions?

A4: No. The applicant should have at least three years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.

 

Q5: I am working as a post-doctoral researcher. Am I eligible to apply under the scheme?

A5: No. The applicant should be working on regular basis in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions.

 

Q6: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?

A6: The call will be open twice a year. The project proposals for consideration under MATRICS scheme can be submitted only when the call for proposal is made. The call will be notified in the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in

 

Q7: Does SERB discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding?

A7: 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.