Extra Mural Research Funding (Individual Centric)

Science and Engineering Research Board


Individual centric competitive mode of funding will be provided under the EMR funding schemes. SERB supports potential scientists for undertaking research in frontier areas of S&T in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences & Mathematical Sciences.

The Science and Engineering Research Board has decided to invite Core Research Grant (EMR PAC) proposals through Call for Proposals twice a year. The proposal submission window for Principal Investigators is open for two months during June-July and second spell starting from November to December in a year. The new structure ensures faster delivery of services with known timelines to the stakeholders.


  • Applicant should be an Indian citizen residing in India.
  • The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/​research position in a recognized institution.
  • The proposals can be submitted by an individual or by a team of investigators. Proposals submitted by a team of investigators must identify a Principal Investigator, who will spearhead the research objectives and administer the grant.

To Apply

Selection and mode of application

The call for proposals will be notified through the website www​.ser​bon​line​.in and www​.serb​.gov​.in. The proposals will be evaluated through peer review processes as approved by Board. 

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

  • Applicant(s) should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, applicant(s) are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • If you have CO-PI in your proposal then ensure that all the CO-PI’s are also registered into the system following the same procedure. 
  • 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

Complete guideline for Principal Investigator for SERB-online system

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