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High Risk High Reward (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Dec-2017
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AwardEquipment, consumables, contingency, travel, overhead grants
EligibilityAcademic/research position holder
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-110070. Project Related Information, Phone: 01140000398, 01140000310. Email:

What is High Risk High Reward (Science and Engineering Research Board) 2017?

Science and Engineering Research Board invites applications for High Risk - High Reward 2017 which aims to provide support to proposals that are conceptually new and risky and also expect to have a paradigm-shifting influence on the Science and Technology. 

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The applicants must hold these three points:

  • Applicant must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognised institution.
  • The proposal can be submitted by an individual or by a team. 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 ?

The application can be submitted online with following steps:

Step 1: At first, go to the website.

Step 2: Read all the details and then apply online.

Step 3: Write a username, password, name, mobile, other details with mobile number and Identity proof details.

Step 4: Click on 'I agree' and submit.

Step 5: You will get an email related to your registration details.


Q: 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 the 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 a 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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 an HRHR project, in addition, any other project being implemented by you in SERB.

Q: 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.

Q: I want to apply for an 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.

Q: 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. A separate budget can also be provided to the Co-Investigator (s) even if they belong to different institutions.

Q: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?
SERB is planning to fix timelines to call for proposals for each scheme. Please look at notifications in websites ( and for information.

Terms and Conditions

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

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

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