State University Research Excellence Fellowship (SERB-SURE) 2023

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EligibilityIndian Researchers
AwardINR 30 lakh for 3 years (One-time)

About the Program


Last Updated On : 14-02-2023   Posted By : Debadrita Karmakar

State University Research Excellence Fellowship (SERB-SURE) 2023 is an initiative of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for Indian researchers. The scheme will help to seed new research opportunities at various state & private universities and colleges and will propagate scientific temper in faculty and students of these institutions. The selected candidates will receive a one-time grant of INR 30 lakh for a period of three years including domestic travel, contingency and other costs.

  • State University Research Excellence Fellowship (SERB-SURE) 2023

    To be eligible, an applicant must - 

    • be an Indian citizen
    • hold a PhD./M.D./M.S./M.D.S./MVSc. degree at the time of applying for the grant
    • hold a regular academic/research position in a state university/college or private university/college which is recognized by UGC/AICTE/PCI


    Note - 

    • The term "Regular" in the context of this scheme refers to the applicants who are appointed against the sanctioned post or in a tenure post but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure.
    • Applicants (PI) having any ongoing or have completed any SERB project/s is not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants (PI) from centrally funded universities/colleges/institutes/organizations would not be considered for support under this scheme.

    The selected researchers will receive a one-time grant of INR 30 lakhs (including overhead*) for a period of three years. The grant will be given for minor equipment/s, research personnel, consumables, domestic travel, contingency and other costs (analytical charges, equipment user charges, fieldwork charges, etc.,).

    *Note - "Overhead" is provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.


    The proposal must include -

    • Project Title (max 500 characters)
    • Project summary (max 3,000 characters)
    • Keywords (max 6)
    • Objectives of the project (max 1,500 characters)
    • Expected output, and outcome of the proposal (max 1,500 characters)
    • Budget (Research Personnel, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overhead) 
    How can you apply?

    Eligible applicants can apply for the grant by following the below-mentioned steps - 
    Step 1: Click on the 'Apply Now' button.
    Step 2: Click on the 'Register' button and fill in the required details to 'Register'. (Note - If already registered, log in using Gmail/Mobile number/Email Id.)
    Step 3: Navigate to 'How to apply online' and click on 'click here to register'.
    Step 4: Fill in the required details to Register. (Note - If the applicant is already registered, kindly login using valid credentials)
    Step 5: After successful registration,  fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Details Section under 'User Profile' which includes Bio-data (as per defined template), Photo, Institute Address, etc. and submit. 

    Note - The proposal has to be uploaded in a single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical documents (OTD).

Important Dates

Application Beginning Date - 2nd May 2023
Application Last Date - 31st May 2023 

Selection Criteria

The candidates will be selected based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committees (PACs) constituted by the SERB adopting a two-tier screening mechanism. 

If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/presentation.

Terms and Conditions
  • An applicant is eligible to submit only one proposal at a time.
  • Any proposal rejected by SERB in any scheme should not be resubmitted.
  • Plagiarism in any form will lead to the rejection of the application.
  • Text taken from other sources needs to be identified using quotation marks and references. 

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by May, 2024. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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