State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE) is a new scheme of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to augment the research capabilities in a structured way to create a robust R&D ecosystem in state universities and colleges by fostering collaboration for high-end research. The growth of existing research capabilities at these institutions is imperative to ensure horizontal diffusion of research excellence reaching all research students hoping to contribute to the national R&D ecosystem and promoting the enhancement of quality through SERB support.


SERB-SURE scheme provides research support to active researchers belonging to state universities and colleges including private universities and colleges across India to undertake research and development in frontier areas of science, engineering and quantitative social science. The scheme will seed new research opportunities at various state & private universities and colleges and will propagate scientific temper in faculty and students of these institutions.


Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
PI and Co-PI(s) should hold PhD. degree in Science, Mathematics, Engineering or M.D. / M.S. / M.D.S. / MVSc. degree at the time of applying for the grant.
The applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a state university/college or private university/college which is recognized by UGC / AICTE / PCI.
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.
[Note: INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan and Ramalinga Swamy Fellows, Faculties recruited through UGCFaculty Recharge Program, Research Associates, Postdoctoral fellows, Ad-hoc faculties, Guest Faculty, Visiting Scientist, Consultant, Project Fellows and Faculty members whose contract is renewed every year are not eligible. In respect of cases that are not mentioned above, SERB reserves the right to determine the eligibility].
Investigators who will be superannuating during the duration of the project the Co-PI will become PI. In such cases, a Faculty/Scientist from the host institute who has at least 5 years of service remaining should be associated as a Co-PI. Already superannuated Faculty/Scientists are not eligible to apply.
Applicants having any ongoing and completed SERB projects are not eligible to apply.

Nature of Support

The total research grants not exceeding Rs. 30 lakhs for a period of three years are provided for minor equipment/s, research personnel, consumables, domestic travel, contingency and other costs (analytical charges, equipment user charges, feldwork charges, etc.) “Overhead” is provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.

Scientific Social Responsibility

SERB has adopted Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy to imbibe a culture of social commitment among SERB Grantees. The policy intends to effectively utilize the scientific infrastructure and expertise of SERB grantees to benefit other S&T stakeholders, especially the less-endowed researchers and society. SSR activities need to be chosen after approval and depending on the activities chosen additional budget would be provided under a separate head to carry out the chosen activities. SERB Grantees need to undertake the proposed SSR activities during their project period.


Member Secretary:

Dr. V. Ramesh

Scientist- D
Science and Engineering Research Board
3rd & 4th Floor, Block II,
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110016

Tel: +91-011-26511082, 26522146


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jacob V.V.

Science and Engineering Research Board
3rd & 4th Floor, Block II,
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110016

Tel: +91-011-26552216


Call closing date: 19th September 2022, 5:00 PM IST

Deadline for submission of concept note/expression of interest to R&D Department –September 9, 2022, EoD. The project proposal in prescribed format or the concept note as the case may be, should be sent to Dean R&D (, with CC to Associate Dean (R&D) ( well in time.

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SERB-State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE): Call for Proposals

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