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.
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.
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.
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.