To award best performers among PIs of completed SERB/DST projects which are rated "Excellent". SERB DIA is a one-time career award. The PI who receives the award will be called "SERB DIA" Fellow. Initially, completed projects under SERB Core Research Grant (CRG) would be considered. Completed projects under other schemes would be brought under the ambit of DIA Scheme in the subsequent years.
Number of awards will be 35 per year, total not exceeding 100 at any time. SERB's support will include fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- p.m for three years. In addition, PI can also choose for a research grant, subject to submission of research proposal and its acceptance by SERB based on the peer review.
PIs whose projects were rated 'Excellent' will be identified, and invitation will be sent to them to submit the application online through the website www.serbonline.in. The invitation-based call for application will be made once a year. The selection committee will evaluate the performance of the completed projects in terms of quality of work done, output and its potential impact and will rank them accordingly. Maximum of top 35 PIs will be selected in a year for the award. The project proposals of selected awardees who had opted for project grant will undergo peer review process. The selection committee would meet again to give its recommendations based on the merit of the proposal. If the proposal is not recommended, the PI would get fellowship only.
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Q1. What is DIA?
A1: DIA is an award given to a Principal Investigator who had performed exceedingly well in the recently completed EMR project.
Q2: What is the award amount?
A2: Rs. 15,000 will be the award amount and is given to the awardee for a period of 3 years. In addition, project grant will also be given subject to the project proposal meeting the scientific merit.
Q3: How the Excellence grading in the project is arrived at?
A3: The Project Completion Report (PCR) of the completed project will be evaluated by the Experts, and the performance will be graded based on the quality of research work done in the project, its impact, publications, patents, research personnel generated, etc.
Q4: I have not sent PCR, but my output in my project is excellent. Can I be considered for the award?
A4: No. It is essential to send the PCR of the completed project for consideration of the award.
Q5: I have forgotten to acknowledge "SERB" in many of my publications, but I have large number of publications from the project. Will I be considered for the award?
A5: Only publications in which SERB/DST is acknowledged will be taken into account for the award.
Q6: Can the awardee accept only the "Fellowship" without the "Project Grant"?
Q7: Can all Principal Investigators apply for the award?
A7: No. Only PIs of projects which were rated "Excellent" are eligible to apply for the award. SERB will send invitations to such PIs requesting them to apply.
Q8: Will all the PIs whose projects are rated excellent receive award under DIA Scheme?
A8: No. The PIs of excellent rated projects would be ranked according to the project output and the top rankers (maximum of 35 in a year) would be awarded.
Q9: What would be the selection criteria among the PIs who have been rated excellent?
A9: Selection criteria would be based on quality of the project output rated by publications, patents and other achievements.
Q10: What are the schemes covered under the DIA Scheme?
A10: To start with, projects funded under "EMR" scheme will be covered. It will be expanded to other schemes later.
Q11: My project has been rated excellent, how should I apply for the DIA Scheme?
A11: SERB will send invitations if the project is rated excellent and if other eligibility criteria are satisfied.
Q12: Is there any specific timeline for DIA application?
A12: DIA application call to PIs whose project has been rated excellent, will be made once a year.
Q13:Will all the Awardees opting for project grant will be given the grant?
A13: Not necessarily. The project will be granted after it successfully goes though the normal "peer review" process of SERB. In case the proposal was found to lack scientific merit, the proposal will not be funded. However, the awardee can receive the Fellowship amount.
Q14: I have completed an EMR project 5 years ago, and it was rated "excellent". Will I be considered for the award?
A14: No. Only projects which have been completed in previous financial year will be considered.
Q15: I am a recipientof JC Bose Fellowship. Am I eligible to apply for DIA?
A15: No. Any one holding Fellowships like JC Bose, Raja Ramanna, Ramanujan, Ramalingaswamy and recipient of award such as Bhatnagar are not eligible.
Q16: Am I eligible for DIA project when I am already implementing another project under EMR?
A16: Yes. DIA projects can be concurrently operated with other SERB projects.
Q17: What is the maximum amount of grant under DIA scheme?
A17: There is no upper limit (or even lower limit) for the project grant. The budget is decided based on the requirement for its successful implementation. PI should propose a budget which is realistic taking into account the infrastructure and resources available at the implementing institutions.
Q18: Is there any age limit forthe ProjectInvestigator to qualify for the award?
A18: There is no specific age limit, but the PI should have at least 5 years of service remaining before superannuation.