One of the most notable developments in the S&T sector in the XI Plan has been the setting up of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) through an Act of Parliament, viz., the Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008. Promoting basic research in science and engineering and providing financial assistance to persons engaged in such research, academic institutions, research and development laboratories, industrial concerns, and other agencies for such research and for matters connected with or incidental thereto are the primary and distinctive mandate of the Board. SERB aims to build up the best management systems that would match the best global practices in the areas of promotion and funding of basic research.
UPCOMING Call for Proposals (March - June 2023)
To reward young women scientists (below age 40) who have excelled in science and got recognition from any of the National Science Academies (given below) in India, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a scheme called “SERB Women Excellence Research Grant”.
Eligibility: Only for Women Scientists; The age of the applicant should not exceed 40 years as on submission date.
Grant: Research grant of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum and Rs 1 lakh per annum as overhead charges for a period of three years.
Opening Date: March 08, 2023.
Closing Date: April 15, 2023 (05:00 PM).
SERB has developed a scheme SERB-SUPRA (Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement) that seeks to explore new scientific breakthroughs, with long-term impact on our fundamental scientific understanding, and offer disruptive technologies at the cutting edge.
Eligibility: The Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s) should hold Ph.D. degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or M.D / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc degree at the time of applying for grant.
Grant: National Laboratories and Research Institutions should share 50% of the non-recurring cost of the project. For projects with total cost more than Rs. 80 lakh, 50% of the non-recurring and consumables cost should be shared by the Lab/Institution.
Opening Date: March 10, 2023.
Closing Date: April 11, 2023 (05:00 PM).
SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) is a prestigious award instituted by SERB to recognize and reward outstanding performance of Principal Investigators (PIs) of SERB Projects. SERB has been supporting basic research in frontier areas of science and engineering through its various programs and schemes.
Eligibility: The age of the nominee should be within 40 to 50 years as on December 31 of the year in which the call is made.
Grant: Fellowship of Rs 15,000/- per month, research grant of Rs.10 lakh per annum and Rs 1 lakh per annum as overhead charges for a period of three years.
Opening Date: March 27, 2023.
Closing Date: May 10, 2023 (05:00 PM).
State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE) is a new scheme of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to augment the research capabilities in a structured way to create a robust R&D ecosystem in state universities and colleges by fostering collaboration for high-end research.
Eligibility: PI and Co-Investigator(s) should hold PhD./M.D./M.S./M.D.S./MVSc. degree at the time of applying for the grant.
Grant: The total research grants not exceeding Rs. 30 lakhs (Including Overhead) for a period of three years are provided for minor equipment/s, research personnel, consumables, domestic travel, contingency and other costs (analytical charges, equipment user charges, fieldwork charges, etc.,).
Opening Date: May 02, 2023.
Closing Date: May 31, 2023 (05:00 PM).
The Empowerment and Equity Opportunities for Excellence in Science (EMEQ) scheme is aimed at providing research support to researchers belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe in undertaking research in frontier areas of science and engineering.
Eligibility: The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D. / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc. degree.
Grant: Funding is provided up to a maximum of Rs. 50.0 lakh (excluding overhead charges).
Opening Date: May 15, 2023.
Closing Date: June 14, 2023 (05:00 PM).