Mathematical Research Impact Centric Support

Preamble:

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) supports basic research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering through its various schemes, programs, awards and fellowships. It strives for promoting excellence in research by appropriate policy interventions, and ensures operational excellence by way of expeditious decision making, transparency and accountability. SERB being a dynamic organization actively identifies the specific needs of researchers and addresses them effectively by means of distinct programs. In consonance with such efforts, a new scheme has been initiated to address the needs of mathematics community.

Objectives:

MATRICS Scheme is aimed to provide fixed grant support to active researchers with good credentials in Mathematical Sciences. The main attribute of this scheme would be the submission of a simple one-page mathematical proposal along with curriculum vitae. The funding provided would cater to the specific needs of Mathematical Sciences research.

Nature of Support:
Research grant of Rs. 2 lakh p.a. for a period of three years.
Note:
  • Researchers who require manpower or higher grant should apply under SERB EMR or ECR schemes.
  • No Co-PIs are allowed in the scheme.

Purpose for which grants can be used:
  • Purchase of mathematics text books and monographs.
  • Purchase of minor equipment such as workstation, laptop, etc.
  • Purchase of mathematical software for research purposes.
  • Travel support and payment of registration fee for invited talks or presenting a paper in national and international conferences.
  • Travel support for collaborative visits in India and abroad.
  • Travel support and other logistics for inviting students and young researchers for research activities.

Eligibility:
  • The Principal Investigator should be an active researcher in the field of Mathematical Sciences and allied areas.
  • The Principal Investigator should hold a Ph.D. 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. 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]
  • The Principal Investigator should have at least three years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.

Selection & Mode Of Application
  • The Call for proposals will be made twice a year (in the months of May and November) and will be notified through the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in. The proposal should be submitted online only.
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of PAC Mathematical Sciences. If required outside experts will be involved in the process.

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.

How to apply online:
For successful online submission of the proposal the following points may be noted:
  • Applicant(s) should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, go to Menu --> Proposal Submission --> Form Submission. Select scheme "Mathematical Research Impact centric Support Scheme(MATRICS)" and Click on "Start Submission" Button.
  • Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Mathematics Review Subject Classification, Keywords (max 6) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Summary of the Mathematical problem to be studied(1-2 pages) need to be uploaded. . Download Template

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.