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High Risk High Reward (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Dec-2016
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AwardResearch grant covers equipment, consumables, contingency and travel apart from overhead grants.
EligibilityHold a regular academic/research position
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Science and Engineering Research Board
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor
Vasant Square Mall
Sector-B, Pocket-5
Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110 070
For online portal related issues contact the following person: 
Ms. Itti Maheshwari
Phone: 011-40000310

What is High Risk High Reward (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2016?

The Scheme for Funding High Risk High Reward (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2016 aims at supporting proposals that are conceptually new and risky, and if successful, expected to have a paradigm shifting influence on the S&T. This may be in terms of formulating new hypothesis, or scientific breakthroughs which aid in emergence of new technologies.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • Applicant should be an Indian citizen residing in India.
  • The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized institution.
  • The proposals can be submitted by an individual or by a team of investigators.Proposals submitted by a team of investigators must identify a Principal Investigator, who will spearhead the research objectives and administer the grant.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

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
  • 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).

Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:

  • Biodata (under user profile section)
  • Certificate from Principal Investigator
  • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution


Q1: What is the difference between an EMR project and a High Risk High Reward (HRHR) project?

Both EMR and HRHR projects are expected to address important and challenging issues resulting in advancement of scientific knowledge. However, in HRHR projects, the risks associated to address the proposed scientific issues are high, and if it is successfully solved, should result in high reward. This could be in the form of new hypothesis, methodology, process or products, and may have the potential to open up new frontiers in S&T. In other words, proposals resulting in 'incremental knowledge' will not be supported under the HRHR scheme.

Q2: Does the Board has any priority areas for funding HRHR projects?

No. The Board funds all areas of Science and Engineering without discriminating any discipline. The proposal will be funded if it is conceptually new, risky and challenge the existing hypothesis and approaches. If successful, it is expected to open up new frontiers in science and technology.

Q3: Can I apply for a project under HRHR scheme when I am already implementing another project (such as EMR) in SERB?

Yes. You can apply and implement a HRHR project, in addition any other project being implemented by you in SERB.

Q4: I am currently executing an HRHR project in the area of Chemical Sciences. I want to apply for another HRHR project related to Engineering Sciences. Will I be funded another project?

No. Only one HRHR project can be executed at a time.

Q5: I want to apply for a HRHR scheme for the first time. What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?

There is no upper limit (or even lower limit) for a project grant. The budget is decided based on the requirement for its successful implementation. The Investigator should propose a budget which is realistic taking into account the infrastructure and resources available at the implementing institutions.

Q6: Are Co-Investigators allowed in HRHR project? If they are from different institutions, can the budget be provided separately to both the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator(s)?

Yes. Co-Investigator(s) are allowed in HRHR 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.

Q7: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?

SERB is planning to fix time-lines to call for proposals for each scheme. Please look at notifications in websites ( and for information.

Terms and Conditions

Nature of Proposals to be Supported:
The scheme is aimed at supporting proposals that are new, challenge existing hypothesis, and provide 'out of box' thinking on important problems. It should contain significant risk elements but promise of high reward if the difficulties could be circumvented. It is expected that the success of such proposals will have far reaching implications in S&T. Outcome could be new and significant theoretical or experimental advances, formulation of new hypothesis, or breakthrough science which will lead to new technologies. Proposals that address scientific issues which will result in 'incremental' knowledge will not be supported. Ideally, the proposal must contain bold research ideas which will have wide ranging impact and potential for new scientific and technological innovations.

Nature & Duration of Support:

  • The funding is provided normally for a period of three years. In exceptional cases, the duration can be up to 5 years as assessed by the expert committee.
  • No budget limit is prescribed for this type of projects. The research grant covers equipment, consumables, contingency and travel apart from overhead grants.

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