The SERB-Early Career Research (ECR) Award

Science and Engineering Research Board


Early Career Research Award scheme aims to provide quick research support to the young researchers who are in their early career for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering.


  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  • The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine.
  • The scheme encourages young researchers at the start of their independent research careers. The applicant, therefore, must hold a regular academic/​research position in a recognized academic institution/​or national laboratories or any other recognised R&D institutions. The term Regular” in the context of ECRA refers to one or more of the following: 1. Those who are appointed by the institutions against the sanctioned post. Such positions are regularized/​confirmed after the probation period is over. 2. Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure Not Eligible: Research Associates, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, Project Fellows, Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year; and those who are expecting to draw salary from the scheme. (In cases where it is not covered in any of the above, SERB has the right to determine the eligibility) 
  • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalingaswamy Fellows are also eligible to apply if they have been absorbed/​appointed to a regular position. If such fellows are not absorbed/​appointed in a regular position, and are receiving fellowship as well as research grant from the fellowship, such fellows are eligible to apply provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of submission of application. 
  • The upper age limit for the ECR award is fixed at 37 years, SC/ST/OBC /​Physically challenged and women candidates can apply upto 40 years.
  • Co-PIs are not allowed in the Early Career Research Award.
  • Applicants of NPDF, ECRA and EMR can submit their proposal only once in a calender year in any of these schemes.

To Apply

For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted: 

  • Applicants should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Manpower,Consumables,Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD). Download Template

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