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Ayurvedic Biology Program

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) under Ministry of Science & Technology

The programme on Ayurvedic Biology was initiated primarily by the office of the Principal ScientificAdvisor to the Government of India. The programme, now reconceived, is being implemented by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). Against this background, the SERB constituted a Task Force to promote the application of basic sciences in the investigation of Ayurvedic concepts, procedures and products, and nurture the discipline of Ayurvedic Biology.


Objective Of The Scheme
  • Development of a basic understanding of the concepts, procedures and products of Ayurveda in terms of modern sciences such as Molecular biology, Immunology and Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • To Promote Human resource development in Ayurvedic Biology                                                                                                                           
  • To Promote collaborative research with national institutions who are active in pursuing research activities on traditional medicine and may have shared interest in Ayurvedic biology.
  • 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.
Thrust areas of research
  • Rasayana and degenerative diseases especially of the central nervous and musculo skeletal systems                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Prakriti and human genomics                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Role of pathya and nutritional sciences in health and disease                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Physiological, immunological and biochemical correlates of traditional Ayurvedic procedures such as Panchakarma
Operation Of The Program

The programme of Ayurvedic Biology will be steered by a Task Force to promote high quality research which would lead to major contributions to scientific knowledge and which could have implications for improving the standards of health care. The investigative work in this programme will necessarily involve the full participation of scientists and Ayurvedic experts who would be part of established institutions of science, medicine, and Ayurveda in India. Individual or groups of scientists, physicians and Ayurvedic experts are encouraged to submit project proposals on any interesting aspect of Ayurvedic concepts, procedures, or products, which would lend themselves to investigation by employing modern scientific protocols. All project proposals should conform to the standard SERB format for Ayurvedic Biology and would be considered on the basis of peer review.


Task Force

The Task Force will be responsible for:                                                                                                 

  • Setting priorities, identifying research areas and developing proposals through meetings, brainstorming session etc                                                                                                                   
  • Evaluate individual R&D proposals received from the project investigators and make appropriate recommendation for funding or otherwise                                                                                                                
  • Ensuring smooth implementation of the projects, monitoring of progress and mid-term correction and final evaluation of the achievements                                                                
  • Suggesting any other means and modalities to fullfill the objectives of the Ayurvedic Biology programme                                                                                                              
  • Ensuring the proposals' duration, cost, items of expenditure etc. are specific to the requirements of the proposed research work                                                                          
  • Preparing detailed action plan for advancing the development of Ayurvedic Biology.
Specific Guidelines for submission of Project proposals
  • Proposals could be submitted any time, but would be considered by the Task Force only twice a year                                                                                                             
  • Project proposals should be written with the same rigor as for any research proposal in any branch of modern science but the cues for the proposed study should emanate fromthe concept, procedures or products of Ayurveda. Modern biology, immunology, and chemistry provide most of the tools for research in Ayurvedic Biology                                                                                                                       
  • As a matter of policy, Task Force will not consider project proposals relating to the development, standardization etc., of herbal drugs or reverse pharmacology; ethnopharmacology; or clinical trials of herbal products or Ayurvedic procedures for safety and efficacy                                                                                                                                                     
  • All projects should be the joint effort of scientists and Ayurvedic experts whose respective institutions should be involved in carrying out the study
How To Apply Online

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

Documents Required in PDF
  • Biodata (under user profile section) Download Template                                                      
  • Certificate from Principal Investigator Download Template                                                                
  • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution Download Template                                             
  • If project is approved for SERB support, the Quotations of the approved equipment need to be uploaded within one month of the date of the Approval Letter.
Contact person Details

The contact details of Programme Officers are given below:                                                              
Dr. Balachandar Venkatesan Phd, Scientist 'E'
Member Secretary- Health Science/Ayurvedic Biology
Science and Engineering Research Board 
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor, 
Vasant Square Mall,Plot No. A, Community Centre,
Sector-5, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj 
New Delhi-110070
Phone: 011-40000337.
Email: venkatbala[at]serb[dot]gov[dot]in

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