Industry Relevant R&D Scheme: A SERB-FICCI Initiative

Industry Relevant R&D Scheme: A SERB-FICCI Initiative

Designation/Position- Industry Relevant R&D Scheme

SERB-FICCI, India invites application for Industry Relevant R&D Scheme: A SERB-FICCI Initiative from Academia(PhD) and Industry

About- The Government of India, through the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) have joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to address the problem of low number of PhDs in the country. Industry, through CII, and government, through SERB, have together instituted a joint fellowship scheme for scientific and industrial research, called the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, where up to 100 talented students will be selected every year to receive double scholarship for a maximum period of four years to work on industry-relevant projects. Industry Relevant R&D Scheme

Research/Job Area- Proposals are invited across the sectors

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Location- India


Joint Proposals are invited from Academia(PhD) and Industry for Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research and Industry Relevant R&D Scheme.

  • Academic Partner:
    • Indian citizens residing in India.
    • The academic partner must hold a regular academic/research position in an academic institution or national laboratories or recognized R&D institution.
    • More than one academic partner may get allowance
  • Industry Partner:
    • All industries (including MSME & industrial R&D Centers) are eligible.
    • More than one Industry and or more than one Investigator from one Industry can be associated in a project.

Job/Position Description- 

The scheme is to encourage and promote research that addresses well-defined problems of industrial relevance. The objective is to utilise the expertise available in academic institutions and national laboratories to solve industry specific problems for larger benefit of the society.

Duration: 3 years

Nature of Proposal:

  • The proposal shall be jointly designed and implemented by Industry and the academic partner (which includes Partners from national Laboratories/recognized R&D institutions as the case may be).
  • The participating Industry shall ensure that the objective of the proposal have Industrial relevance and are not mere routine proposal that address the conventional problems and are not related to industry, or with already established approaches are not encouraged.
  • The proposal must contain any of the following characteristics:
    • Proposal that adopt an innovative approach to solve a problem faced by the industry
    • Proposal whose outcome will bring new scientific technological innovations
    • Solution driven research that aid technology transfer and commercialisation

How to Apply- 

  • Selection & Mode of Application:
    • The Call for applications will be notified through the website and Submit the application form along with a proper research proposal online through the website
    • The proposal must be jointly submitted by the Principal Investigator and the Co-investigator from Industry. The Industry should explicitly state in the proposal its
      1. financial commitments and
      2. any other support (if any) provided to the academic partner.
    • The selection will be based on scientific and technical feasibility of the proposal, track record of the PI, and commercial potential.
    • The proposal shall be subjected to peer review processes. The selection shall be made by a relevant subject committee (PAC)
  • Application Process:
    • The proposal must be jointly submitted by the Principal Investigator (Academia) and the Co-investigator (Industry).
    • The Industry should explicitly state in the proposal its
      • Financial commitments and
      • Any other support (if any) provided to the academic partner

Formats/Supporting Documents

Guidelines for Online application: For successful online submission of the application the following points are notable:

  • Academic partner should first register into the online website click here to register
  • After log-in, go to Menu –> Proposal Submission –> Form Submission. Select scheme “Industry Relevant R&D (IRR)” and Click on “Start Submission” Button.
  • No Registration required for industry partner.
  • If you have a CO-PI(in case of more than one academic partner) in your proposal, then ensure that your CO-PI also registered into the system and has filled Profile Detail section under User Profile which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • Some 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.
  • Break-up of whole budget (including industrial share) required to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Upload the other relevant information of the proposal in single PDF file not more than 10 MB as other technical document (OTD).

Last Date for Apply– Applications are open throughout the year.

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