SERB is providing extramural research funding

To pursue research and development in cutting-edge sectors of science and engineering, the scheme provides present scientists with basic research support.

SERB is providing extramural research funding

Since the founding of SERC more than forty years ago, the extramural research (EMR) financing scheme of SERB has been in the spotlight. It provides funding to academic institutions, research labs, and other R&D organizations to conduct basic research in all frontier areas of science and engineering. This programme promotes an individual-centric competitive manner of research funding for eminent and young scientists in the fields of science and engineering. The program's previous name, Extramural Research (EMR), has been changed to Core Research Grant because it supports active researchers' core research (CRG). 


  1. The applicant's country of citizenship should be India for both the principal investigator (PI) and the co-principal investigator(s). SERB Funding Guidelines for Foreign Nationals (including OCI and NRI) are also permitted to apply as long as they meet the requirements set forth by SERB (SERB Funding Guidelines for Foreign Nationals dated October 27th, 2016). 
  2. The applicant(s) must be currently employed in a regular academic or research position in a national laboratory, a recognised academic institution, or another R & D facility in India. 
  3. Faculty hired via the UGC-Faculty Recharge Program may apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalinga Swamy Fellows may also apply as long as they still have at least three and a half years of tenure to go. 
  4. Researchers who have already reached or will reach superannuation during the project's lifespan are also eligible to apply. In these situations, a faculty member or scientist from the host institute who still has at least five years of service left should be added as a co-principal investigator (Co-PI). The host institution should permit the investigator to continue after superannuation and offer the necessary assistance for project implementation. 
  5. Candidates for the NPDF, ECRA, or CRG (EMR) can only submit their proposal once for each of these programmes during a given calendar year. 
  6. In the context of CRG, the term "regular" refers to candidates who are appointed to a sanctioned position or a tenured position but are likely to be renewed once the tenure has ended. 

Support Type and Duration 

  1. An individual researcher or a group of researchers working at a recognised academic institution, national laboratory, or other recognised R & D institution in India may get research support from the CRG scheme. 
  2. [To host a project, private academic institutions with valid UGC/AICTE/PCI approval; private R&D institutions with valid DSIR-SIRO recognition; and voluntary and non-governmental organisations registered on the NITI-AAYOG Darpan portal are eligible.] 
  3. Typically, the grant is offered for three years. 
  4. The research funding covers the cost of the necessary tools, labor, supplies, travel, and contingencies. According to current SERB standards, "overheads" must also be given to the implementing institution. 

Mode &Selection of Application: 

  1. One proposal may be submitted by an applicant during a call. 
  2. Any proposal that has been officially denied shouldn't be presented again without making significant changes to any SERB plans or programs. 
  3. There can never be more than one active project at a time. Projects funded by the EMEQ, HRHR, IRRD, and special calls are exempt from this classification. Six months before the project's conclusion, the PI is urged to apply to another project. 
  4. The call for applications will be posted on the websites and twice a year, in July and December. Through the website, the application form and a detailed research proposal outlining the research project to be undertaken should be uploaded. 
  5. The decision will be based on the Program Advisory Committee's (PAC) recommendations, which were formed by the Board. The applicants may be contacted if necessary for a discussion or presentation.