SERB POWER (Promoting Opportunities For Women in Exploratory Research)

SERB - POWER (Promoting Opportunities For Women in Exploratory Research) program is formulated to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D Laboratories. SERB - POWER is specially designed to provide structured effort toward enhanced diversity in research to ensure equal access and weighted opportunities for Indian women scientists engaged in research and development activities.


MECHANISMS OF SUPPORT

SERB would endeavor to create a funding framework for empowering women researchers in Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) under the following two categories:

This scheme aims to encourage emerging and eminent women researchers for individual-centric and competitive mode of research funding to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering. POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories:

  1. Level I: The scale of funding upto 60 Lakhs for three years.
  2. Level II: The scale of funding upto 30 Lakhs for three years.
MECHANISMS OF IDENTIFICATION

The SERB-Core Research Grant(CRG) Platform will be used to identify and support women scientists under the POWER Research Grant component. Accordingly proposals will be received through two streams:

  1. Stream 1: Direct Applications for POWER Grant(Online).
  2. Stream 2: Applications sourced from CRG Scheme(All PACs).

Women Researchers who have applied in the current cycle but not secured funding under CRG will be considered in Stream 2 at an appropriate level (Level I & II). Women scientists who have applied in CRG Scheme need not re-apply in any of the above streams.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s)(Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
  • The Applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or in any other recognized R&D institution in India .
  • Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions will be considered under Level I category, whereas applicants from State Universities/Colleges and Private Academic Institutions should apply under Level II category.
  • POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference confirming to SERB-CRG guidelines.
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/presentation.
  • SERB POWER grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB CRG guidelines except sharing of 50 % non- recurring cost by National Laboratories and Research Institutions.
  • Woman scientists can not hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time.
  • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalingaswamy Fellows are also eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application.
  • Investigators who will be superannuating during the duration of the project or already superannuated are also eligible to apply. In such cases, a Woman Faculty/Scientist from the host institute who has at least 5 years of service remaining should be associated as a Co-PI. The host institution should allow the investigator to continue after superannuation and provide required support towards implementation of the project.

HOW TO APPLY ONLINE

For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:
  • Applicant(s) should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, applicant(s) are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • If you have CO-PI in your proposal then ensure that all the CO-PI's are also registered into the system following the same procedure.
  • Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower,Consumables,Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Women Scientists cannot hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: I want to apply for a SERB- POWER research grants for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?

A1: POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories:

  • Level I: The scale of funding up to 60 Lakhs for three years.
  • Level II: The scale of funding up to 30 Lakhs for three years.

 

Q2: What is level I & Level II in SERB- POWER research grant?

A2: Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISC, NITs, Central Universities, and national Labs of Central government Institutions will be considered under level I category.
Whereas applicants from state Universities/ Colleges and Private Academic Institutions should apply under Level II category.

 

Q3: Does the Board has any priority areas for funding under SERB- POWER research grant?

A3: 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.

 

Q4: I am currently executing an CRG project. I want to apply for another project under SERB- POWER research grant. Will I be funded another project?

A4: 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.

 

Q5: Are Co-Investigators allowed in SERB- POWER research grant project? If they are from different institutions, can the budget be provided separately to both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)?

A5: Yes. Co-Investigator(s) are allowed in SERB- POWER research grant 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.

 

Q6: Whether a male Co-PI is allowed in SERB- POWER research grant project?

A6: Yes, male Co-PI is allowed in SERB POWER research grant project without any financial obligation.

 

Q7: In which modes one can apply to SERB- POWER research grant?

A7: Proposals under SERB- POWER research grant can be applied through two streams:
Stream 1 : Direct applications for POWER grant online.
Stream 2 : Applications sourced from CRG Scheme (All PACs)

 

Q8: I have applied for a project in CRG and the result is awaited. Should I apply separately for SERB POWER Grant?

A8: No. you should wait for the result. If your project get rejected it will come to SERB-POWER research grant dashboard automatically for consideration after your consent.

 

Q9: My proposal got rejected in SRG Scheme. Whether it will be considered in SERB POWER Grant automatically?

A9: No, only CRG proposal will be considered in SERB-POWER research grant, for CRG and other schemes you have to apply separately.

 

Q10: My proposal got rejected in SRG Scheme. Whether it will be considered in SERB POWER research grant automatically?

A10: No, only CRG proposal will be considered in SERB-POWER research grant, for CRG and other schemes you have to apply separately.

 

Q11: Under which heads SERB-POWER research grant can be utilized?

A11: The SERB-POWER research grant is provided for Equipment, Manpower, Consumables, Travel and Contingency. “Overheads” is also being provided to the Implementing institution as per prevailing Norms of SERB.

 

Q12: What is the eligibility, age limit, duration and other guidelines of SERB-POWER research grant?

A12: The SERB-POWER research grant will be regulated through the terms of reference conforming to SERB-CRG guidelines.

 

Q13: What is the mode of selection for SERB-POWER research grant?

A13: The selection will be based on the recommendations of Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/presentation.

 

Q14: Whether a woman Scientist can hold both SERB-POWER Fellowship & SERB-POWER RESARCH Grant at the same time?

A14: No, Woman Scientists cannot hold SERB-POWER Fellowship & SERB-POWER research grant at the same time.

 

Q15: Whether a woman Scientist can hold both SERB-POWER Fellowship & SERB-POWER RESARCH Grant at the same time?

A15: No, Woman Scientists cannot hold SERB-POWER Fellowship & SERB-POWER research grant at the same time.

 

Q16: When a woman scientist can apply directly for a project in SERB POWER research grant under stream 1?

A16: The Call for applications will be notified through the website "www.serbonline.in" and "www.serb.gov.in". The application form along with a proper research proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website "www.serbonline.in".

 

Q17: I am away from my institute/university for more than 6 weeks. Do I have to take permission from SERB?

A17: Yes, you have to take permission from SERB.

 

Q18:I am a Co-PI in an ongoing CRG project. Can I apply for POWER-GRANT directly?

A18: Yes, You can apply for POWER –GRANT.

 

Q19: I have an ongoing EMEQ/IRPHA/SUPRA/ MATRIX project. Can I apply for POWER-GRANT directly?

A19: Yes, You can apply for POWER –GRANT

 

Q20: I have an ongoing CRG/SRG project. Can I apply for POWER-GRANT directly?

A20: No, You can apply for POWER-GRANT if only 6 or less than 6 months are left for completion of ongoing CRG/SRG project.

 

Q21: My proposal got rejected in the current CRG call, 2020. How my proposal will be transferred in SERB-POWER grant?

A21: : All the women researchers whose proposals got rejected in the current CRG call, 2020 will get a mail from SERB for their consent after completion of decision process of all the PACs. After getting the mail, they can transfer the same CRG proposal for SERB POWER Grant.

SCOPE AND ELIGIBILITY

  • This Fellowship will identify and reward outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories, holding Ph.D.degree in any branch of science and engineering.
  • The nominee should be an active scientist with an excellent record of research performance as an independent investigator or innovator.
  • The nominee should be an Indian citizen between 33-55 years of age working in an institution in India.
  • The nominee should not not be receiving any other fellowship from Government sources during the tenure.

NATURE OF SUPPORT AND DURATION

  • Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income.
  • Research grant of Rs.10 Lakh per annum. Research grant can be used for minor equipment, manpower, consumables, contingencies and domestic travel.
  • Overheads for the host institute.
  • Fellowship duration will be fixed for three years, without the possibility of extension.
  • Successful POWER Fellows cannot be re-nominated for the second time.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

  • Applications for POWER fellowships are invited normally for nominations.The nominations should be sent by the Heads of Institutions or Fellows of National Academies.
  • The nominations will be received throughout the year through online (www.serbonline.in)only.
  • Selection of POWER Fellows will be made twice a year by a specially constituted Search-cum-Selection committee.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Women Scientists cannot hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1. Who is eligible for SERB Power Fellowship?

A1: Those who are eligible for SERB Power Fellowship are:

  • Outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories, holding Ph.D. degree in any branch of science and engineering.
  • The nominee should be an active scientist with an excellent record of research performance as an independent investigator or innovator.
  • The nominee should be in regular service throughout the duration of Fellowship.

 

Q2: Is there any age limit for PI to be eligible for the award?

A2: PI should be within 35-55 years at the time of submission of proposal.

 

Q3: I am already availing another Fellowship. Am I eligible for SERB Power Fellowship?

A3: No, you can avail only one fellowship at a time from government source.

 

Q4: Is the Fellowship received under SERB Power Fellowship taxable?

A4: Yes, the Fellowship received under SERB Power Fellowship is taxable as per I.T. rules.

 

Q5: What are the areas covered under SERB Power Fellowship?

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

 

Q6: What is the nature of support the SERB Power Fellow is entitled for?

A6: Nature of Support SERB Power Fellow is entitled for are:

  • Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income.
  • Research grant of Rs. 10 lakhs per annum.
  • Overhead for the institute.

 

Q7:What is the duration of the SERB Power Fellowship?

A7: The SERB Power Fellowship duration is for 3 years only, without any possibility of extension.

 

Q8: How many times a person can avail SERB Power Fellowship?

A8: A person can avail SERB Power Fellowship only once. Successful POWER Fellows cannot be nominated for a second time.

 

Q9: When can a person apply for the SERB Power Fellowship? What is the last date of acceptance of the application?

A9: The nominations for the SERB Power Fellowship are accepted throughout the year through online portal only(www.serbonline.in) and there is no last date of acceptance of the nomination.

 

Q10: Who can nominate for SERB Power Fellowship?

A10: Heads of Institutions or Fellows of National academies can send the nominations.

 

Q11: How does a SERB Power Fellow get her subsequent Grant?

A11: The Grant for the subsequent years is released after receiving the two hard copies of 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 01stApril to 31stMarch. For the first year it would be from the Date of Start (DOS) to 31stMarch and subsequently from 01stApril to 31stMarch.

 

Q12: Can a fellow change the host institute during implementation of SERB Power Fellowship?

A12: A SERB Power fellow can change the host institute during implementation of SERB Power Fellowship. She has to forward NOCs from both the Institutes along with final financial papers indicating balance unspent grant from the old institute, undertaking certificate and appointment letter from the new Institute indicating the joining date and duration of the appointment.

 

Q13: Is there a provision for extension of the fellowship?

A13: No, there is no provision for extension.

 

Q14: Can a fellow avail both POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time?

A14: No, women scientist cannot hold both POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time.

 

Q15: What is the selection criteria of POWER Fellowship?

A15: Selection of POWER Fellows will be made twice a year by a specially constituted Search-cum-Selection Committee.

 

Q16: Under which heads research grant can be used?

A16: Research Grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum can be used for minor equipment, manpower, consumables, contingencies, and domestic travel.

 

Q17: What is the procedure to apply for a SERB Power Fellowship?

A17: In first step, an applicant will fill the application form on online portal. After submission of the form, a mail containing a link will be sent to the nominator by SERB. In second step, nominator will click on the link as provided in the mail to find the details of the application. After verification of the details he/she will forward the nomination to SERB.

 

Q18: Can SERB POWER Fellowship research grant be used for international travel?

A18: No, SERB POWER Fellowship research grant can not be used for international travel.

 

Q19: I am away from my institute/university for more than 6 weeks. Do I have to take permission from SERB?

A19: Yes, you have to take permission from SERB.