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Early Career Research Award 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Jan-2016
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AwardGrant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs for a period of three years.
EligibilityPh.D in Science, Engineering, M.D, M.S
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Secretary

Science and Engineering Research Board 
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor
Vasant Square Mall
Sector-B, Pocket-5
Vasant Kunj
New Delhi – 110 070 

Secretary office
Telephone: 0011 40000333
Telefax: 011 40000333 
E-mail: info[at]serbonline[dot]in 

Project relatd Information
Telephone: 0011 40000398 

What is Early Career Research Award 2016?

Early Career Research Award scheme aims to provide quick research support to the young researchers who are in their early career for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering.

Nature & Duration of Support :

The Early Career Research for the purpose of the program refers to the first assignment of the applicant in a regular capacity in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R & D institution in India.
The Early Career Research Award is a one-time award and carries a research grant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs (excluding overheads) for a period of three years.
The research grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel and contingency apart from overheads.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  • The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine.
  • The scheme encourages young researchers at the start of their independent research careers. The applicant, therefore, must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions andmust apply not later than the first two years of their regular service.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only

For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

Applicants should first register into the online website www.serbonline.in click here to register
After log-in, applicants 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 a CO-PI in your proposal then ensure that your Co-PI is registered into the system and has filled Profile Detail section under User Profile which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc
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

FAQs

Q1: Early Career Research Award
A1: Yes, You can have a Co-PI in this scheme.

Q2: : I am working abroad as post-doc, and I want to return to India . I intend to apply for Early Career Research Award. But I have not yet finalized my place of work. Am I eligible to apply under the scheme?
A2: No. The applicant must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution/ or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions. Only after joining a research or academic institution, one can apply for the grants under this scheme.

Q3: I am implementing an Early Career Research Award project for the last one year. Am I eligible to apply for another project under other scheme/award or fellowship programs of SERB?
A3: Normally, a Project Investigator is allowed to operate only one project at a time. Exceptions are made in a few cases where specific calls for proposals are made for certain topics/programs/schemes. It is advised that the Project Investigator may submit another project about 6- month in advance before the completion of the ongoing project so that the next one will be ready for execution by the time the present one gets completed.

Q4: Can the Investigator apply for the Early Career Research Award projects throughout the year?
A4: No, The Call for applications will be made three times a year (January, May and September) and will be notified through the website www.serbonline.in and www.serb.gov.in.

Q5: Can I have a Mentor in Early Career Research Award project?
A5: No, In Early Career Research Award project you cannot have mentor.

Q6: Can I apply for Early Career Research Award after two years of my regular service in a recognized academic institution/or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions.
A6: No, The applicant must apply within the first two years of their regular service. Normally, it is advised for the project investigator to apply for "EMR project grant" after two years of their regular service.

Q7: What documents should I send for receiving the next installments of the grant?
A7: The following documents should be sent; (a) Utilization Certificate, (b) Statement of Expenditure and (c) Annual Progress Report in the prescribed format.

Q8: What should be done for the unspent grant under Early Career Research Award after the completion of the tenure?
A8: The following documents should to be sent to the SERB after the duration of the project is completed:
Final Consolidated Statement of Expenditure (in duplicate), giving expenditure financial year wise (FY) from date of start till date of completion;
Utilization Certificates (FY wise) for all FYs (in duplicate) matching with Statement of Expenditure figures in that FY;
Project Completion Report (PCR) with list of publications, patents filed.
DD/ cheque for the unspent grant, drawn in favor of 'Fund for Science & Engineering Research'

Terms and Conditions

Nature & Duration of Support :

The Early Career Research for the purpose of the program refers to the first assignment of the applicant in a regular capacity in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R & D institution in India.

The Early Career Research Award is a one-time award and carries a research grant up to Rs. 50 Lakhs (excluding overheads) for a period of three years.

The research grant covers equipment, manpower, consumables, manpower, travel and contingency apart from overheads.

Selection & Mode of Application :

The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee that will be constituted by the Board. If desired by the Expert Committee, the applicants may be called for personal discussion.

The Call for applications will be made three times a year (January, May and September) and 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 objectives of the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website www.serbonline.in

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