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ExtraMural Research or Core Research Grant

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

Extramural Research (EMR) funding scheme of SERB to academic institution, research laboratories and other R&D organizations to carry out basic research in all frontier areas of Science and Engineering is in limelight for more than four decades since from the inception of SERC. This scheme encourages emerging and eminent scientist in field of science and engineering for individual centric competitive mode of research funding. Since the scheme provides core research support to the active researchers, the existing name Extramural Research (EMR) has been renamed as Core Research Grant (CRG).


The scheme provides core research support to active researchers to undertake research and development in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.

Nature and Duration Of Support
  1. The CRG schemeprovides research support to an individual researcher or a group of researchers working in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or in other recognized R & D institution in India.                                                                                                                                                                                  
  2. [Private Academic institutions with valid UGC / AICTE / PCI approval, Private R&D Institutions with valid DSIR-SIRO recognition andVoluntary and Non-Governmental Organizations registered under NITI-AAYOG Darpan portal are eligible to host a project.]                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  3. The funding is provided normally for a period of three years.                                                                                                                                                       
  4. The research grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency. “Overheads”is also be provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.                                  
Mode &Selection of Application:
  1. An applicant is eligible to apply only one proposal during a call.                                                                                                                                                   
  2. Any proposal technically rejected should not be resubmitted without any substantial revision to any schemes or programs of the SERB.                                                                                                                                                       
  3. Not more than one project is allowed at any given time. However, projects under the programs EMEQ, HRHR, IRRD and special calls are exempted from this category. The PI is encouraged to apply for another project six months prior to the completion of the project.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  4. The Call for applications will be made twice a year (July and December) and will be notified through the website and The application form along with a proper research proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  5. The selection will be based on the recommendations of Program Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants maybe called for discussion/ presentation.
Funding Cycle

Please see for the call dates.


The results of the proposal submitted in a call will be generally communicated within six months of closing of the call.Fund release will depend on timely submission of required documents by the investigatorsand the availability of funds, etc.

Formats & Guidelines

    The project proposal should be prepared according to the guidelines and submitted online through the website


    The details of Programme Advisors / Coordinators and Programme Officers are given below:

    Sno. Division Name Of The Programme Programme Advisor/Coordinator Programme Officer
    1. Chemical Sciences Organic Chemistry/Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Dr.Amitava Roy Dr.Monika Aggarwal/ Arvind Chaudhary
    2. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Atmospheric Sciences/Earth Sciences/Glaciology Dr. Rajeev Mehajan Dr.Prehlad Ram
    3. Engineering Sciences Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering/Civil,Mechanical Engineering/Materials, Mining & Minerals Engineering/Chemical and Environmental Engineering Mr. S.S. Kohli Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat/Dr. Pravakar Mohanty
    4 Life Sciences Animal Sciences/Health Sciences/Plant Sciences/BioChemistry,BioPhysics,Molecular Bilogy and Microbiology Dr. Rita Banerjee Dr. Doyil T Vengayil,A.V Balachander,Shilpi Paul, G Harish Kumar
    5 Mathematical Staistics Mathematical Sciences Dr. Rajeev Mehajan Dr.K.K. Magesh Kumar
    6 Physical Sciences Physical Sciences Dr. Amitava Roy Dr. Nilotpal Ghosh
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