Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement (SUPRA) 2021

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About the Program

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) invites nominations for the Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement (SUPRA) 2021 from scientific researchers. SERB has developed a newly approved scheme that seeks to explore new scientific breakthroughs, with long-term impact on our fundamental scientific understanding, and offer disruptive technologies at the cutting edge. The scheme is beyond normal core grants and purposefully designed for high-quality proposals consisting of new hypothesis or challenge existing ones. The selected candidates will receive variable benefits.

Scholarship Details
  • Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement (SUPRA) 2021 DeadlineClosed

    To be eligible, an applicant must:

    • Be an Indian citizen
    • Hold a regular academic/research position in a recognised academic institution or national laboratory or in any other recognised R&D institution in India with at least 5 years of service remaining 
    • Hold a PhD degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or M.D / M.S. / M.D.S. / M.V.Sc degree at the time of applying for the grant

    Note: Foreign nationals (including OCI and NRI) are also eligible to apply provided they fulfil the eligibility criteria notified by SERB.


    The selected fellows will receive the following benefits: 

    • Funding will be provided normally for a period of three years, which could be extended to 2 years (5 yrs total) subject to performance evaluation
    • The research grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency.
    • "Overheads" is also be provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB

    The following documents are required to be attached along with the application: 

    • Bio-data 
    • Certificate from Principal Investigator
    • If the project is approved for SERB support, the quotations of the approved equipment need to be uploaded within one month of the date of the Approval Letter
    • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution
    How can you apply?

    Follow the below steps to apply: 

    Step 1: Click on the 'Apply Now' button below and read all details. 
    Step 2: After successful registration, provide the necessary details in the application form.  
    Step 3: Upload other relevant information of the proposal in a single PDF file of not more than 10 MB as other technical documents (OTD).
    Step 4: Submit the application.

Important Dates

The start date for Application: 12th April 2021
Application deadline: 11th May 2021

Selection Criteria
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/ presentation.
Terms and Conditions
  • A single submission of full SUPRA proposal will be subjected to a two-phase evaluation process.
  • An applicant is eligible to apply only one proposal during a call (as a PI or Co-PI).
  • Not more than one project is allowed at any given time as a Principal Investigator under the program SUPRA.
  • SERB has adopted Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy to imbibe a culture of social commitment among SERB Grantees.
  • The policy intends to effectively utilize scientific infrastructure and expertise of SERB grantees to benefit other S&T stakeholders especially the less-endowed researchers and the society.
  • SERB Grantees need to undertake the proposed SSR activities during their project period.
  • Submissions under SERB-SUPRA can only be made against the call for proposals, with a public announcement through SERB online portal and social media.

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