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SERB High Risk High Reward 2018

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Dec-2018
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AwardOverhead and research grants
EligibilityResearch scholars
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor,
Vasant Square Mall,
Sector-B, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi- 110 070
Contact no.: 011–40000310
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What is SERB High Risk High Reward 2018?

Science and Engineering Research Board invites proposals for the scheme High Risk High Reward 2018 from the applicants having a regular academic or research position in any recognised institution.The objective of this scheme is to provide funds for the conceptually new and risky research proposals.


Who can apply for this scholarship ?

In order to be eligible, an applicant must:
Have a regular academic or research position in a recognised institution.

Note: The submission of a proposal can be done by an individual or a group of individuals having a Principal Investigator.

To get guidelines related to Principal Investigator, click here.

How can you apply ?

In order to apply, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Register here first.
Step 2: Once registered, go to Menu.
Step 3: Click on Proposal Submission and then form submission.
Step 4: Select the scheme High Risk High Reward (HRR).
Step 5: Click on Start Submission.
Step 6: Enter all the details related to the proposal.
Step 7: Upload the required documents in single pdf as OTD. Note: The file size should not be more than 10 kb.

Note: All CO-PIs associated with the proposal need to register and will have to fill all the mandatory fields in the Profile detail section after login.



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.

For more information, click here.

Terms and Conditions

Documents required:

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

To download the templates for these required documents, click here.

Award details:

  • The selected candidate will get overhead grants and research grant that will cover equipment, contingency, consumables, and travel.
  • The duration of support will be three years in general cases but it can be extended to five years. 
  • There will not be any budget limit for the project.


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