SERB International Research Experience (SIRE)


Preamble

This Program aims to impart high-end research training in frontier areas of Science and Technology, which are of interest to India by providing opportunity to visit leading institutions/universities across the globe for a period of 02-06 months. The applicant should have Ph.D. degree in the area of Science and Engineering from recognized institutions in India. The applicant holding a permanent position in any Indian research institution would be eligible to apply. The age limit for applying under this scheme shall be 40 years. Age relaxation will be given as per GoI norms in respect of SC/ST/OBC/physically challenged and women candidates. SERB under this program selects candidates in frontier areas of S & T and supports their visit to top institutions around the globe, preferably to the institutions where internationally acclaimed scientists are working. The applicant should himself/herself correspond with the proposed host institution for their visit under this program. The candidate should also submit a letter of approval of research plan from the host.

Objectives

To build national capacity in frontier areas of Science and Technology by providing opportunities for International R&D experience by SIRE fellows.
To tap the expertise gained by SIRE fellows to strengthen/initiate national programmes in their domain knowledge.
To encourage research activities in priority areas which are still less explored in Indian context.

Eligibility

The scheme is open to Indian nationals only.
Applicant should have Ph.D. degree in the area of Science and Engineering from recognized institutions in India. The applicant must hold a permanent position in any Indian research and academic institution.
Applicant having MBBS / MD degree and Veterinary doctors are also eligible to apply
. Applicants having Teachers Associateship for Research excellence (TARE) award are also eligible to apply
Applicant must submit a letter of support from the overseas host institution along with application.
The age limit for applying under this scheme shall be 40 years (as on date of submission of application). Age relaxation of 5 years will be given to applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC/physically challenged and women categories.
Selection

The selection would be made among faculties who gained approval of research plan from overseas institutions. The Board will constitute a selection committee to select the candidates.

Nature and Duration of Support

The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 3000, one time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 75,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, insurance etc., Overseas Medical Insurance in India and abroad of Rs. 20,000/-.

The selected fellows will also be provided shortest route economy class air fare from their place of work in India to the place of the host institute and back.

Guidelines

The application for consideration under the SERB International Research Experience (SIRE) Program can be submitted through SERB online portal www.serbonline.in only when the call for proposal in made.
The applicant has to apply through online portal in the prescribed format.
The maximum duration of the abroad visit is limited to 06 months.
For scientists / researchers in regular employment, rules governing payment of salary, leave, medical, gratuity, GPF and pension etc. of the organization/ institution/ university to which the fellow belongs would continue to be applicable as per their institutional norms. No liability on any of these will be borne by SERB.
The candidates selected under this programme should commence their research in overseas institution within three months from the date of the offer letter, and if not, the offer will be automatically stands withdrawn and no correspondence will be entertained thereafter.
Applicant must submit the endorsement letter duly signed by the head of organization/ institute where the applicant is employed.
The candidate should also submit a letter of approval of research plan from the host.
Copy of acceptance letter from host institution.

Contact Details
Member Secretary:
Dr. Arvind Chaudhary,Scientist ‘D’
Tel: +91-011- 26511035Email: arvind@serb.gov.in
Program Coordinator:

Dr. Praveen Kumar S,Scientist ‘F’Email: praveen@nic.in

Call closing date: 30th August 2022, 5:00 PM IST

Deadline for submission of concept note/expression of interest to R&D Department –August 15, 2022, EoD. The project proposal in prescribed format or the concept note as the case may be, should be sent to Dean R&D (dean.research@ddn.upes.ac.in), with CC to Associate Dean (R&D) (smtauseef@ddn.upes.ac.in) well in time.

For more information, please visit https://www.serbonline.in/SERB/Sire.

SERB International Research Experience (SIRE)

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