State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE)

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.

  1. Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s) (Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. [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].
  6. 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.
  7. Applicants having any ongoing and completed SERB projects are not eligible to apply.

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.

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

  1. Applicant(s) should first register on the online website  click here to register.
  2. After login, the applicant is required to fill all the mandatory fields in the Profile Detail section under User Profile, which includes Bio-data, Photos, Institute addresses etc.
  3. Some of the details of your proposal like Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of the project (max 1500 characters), Expected output, and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Research Personnel, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overhead) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  4. Other relevant information about the proposal has to be uploaded in a single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD) (max 1500 words). Download Template
  5. The call for proposal will be notified through the website "www.serbonline.in" and www.serb.gov.in. The proposal highlighting the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website "www.serbonline.in".

Proposals submitted must be original in ideation and content. Plagiarism in any form will not be acceptable. All submitted proposals would be subjected to a third-party similarity check and proposals are liable to be rejected if found plagiarized. Any text taken verbatim from other sources needs to be identified using quotation marks and proper reference. Applicants are requested to pre-check their proposals for plagiarism before uploading. Proposals found containing plagiarized content will be rejected.

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.

Contact Details
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
Email: drvramesh[at]serb[dot]gov[dot]in
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
Email: jacob[at]nic[dot]in