SERB – POWER Research Grants (For Women) by SERB, India, up to Rs 60 lakh for 3 years

SERB – POWER Research Grants (For Women) by SERB, India, up to Rs 60 lakh for 3 years

Designation/Position- SERB – POWER Research Grants

Science & Engineering Research Board, India invites applications for SERB – POWER Research Grants from eligible and interested candidates.

About- SERB – POWER (Promoting Opportunities For Women in Exploratory Research) program is formulated to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D Laboratories. SERB – POWER is designed to provide structured effort toward enhanced diversity in research to ensure equal access and weighted opportunities for Indian women scientists engaged in research and development activities.

Research/Job Area- Science, Technology and Innovation

Location-  India


  • Applicants [Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Principal Investigator(s)(Co-PI(s))] should be Indian citizens.
  • The Applicant(s) must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratory or any other recognized R&D institution in India.
  • Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions will be considered under the Level I category, whereas applicants from State Universities/Colleges and Private Academic Institutions should apply under the Level II category.
  • POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference confirming SERB-CRG guidelines.
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for discussion/presentation.
  • SERB POWER grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB CRG guidelines except for sharing 50 % non-recurring cost by National Laboratories and Research Institutions.
  • Woman scientists can not hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant simultaneously.
  • Faculties recruited through UGC-Faculty Recharge Program are eligible to apply. INSPIRE Faculty, Ramanujan, and Ramalingaswamy Fellows are also eligible to apply, provided they have at least three and half years of tenure remaining at the time of application submission.
  • Investigators who will be superannuating during the project’s duration or are already superannuated are also eligible to apply. In such cases, a Woman Faculty/Scientist from the host institute with at least 5 years of service should be associated as a Co-PI. The host institution should allow the investigator to continue after superannuation and provide the required support for the implementation of the project.

Job/Position Description- 


SERB would endeavor to create a funding framework for empowering women researchers in Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) under the following two categories:

SERB – POWER Research Grants

This scheme aims to encourage emerging and eminent women researchers for an individual-centric and competitive mode of research funding to undertake R&D activities in frontier areas of science and engineering. POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under the following two categories:

  1. Level I: The scale of funding upto 60 Lakhs for three years.
  2. Level II: The scale of funding upto 30 Lakhs for three years.


The SERB-Core Research Grant(CRG) Platform will be used to identify and support women scientists under the POWER Research Grant component. Accordingly, proposals will be received through two streams:

  1. Stream 1: Direct Applications for POWER Grant(Online).
  2. Stream 2: Applications sourced from CRG Scheme(All PACs).

Women Researchers who have applied in the current cycle but not secured the funding under CRG will be considered in Stream 2 at an appropriate level (Level I & II). Women scientists who have applied to CRG Scheme need not re-apply in any of the above streams.

GENERAL GUIDELINES– Women Scientists cannot hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant at the same time.

SERB POWER Research Grant – up to Rs 60 lakh for 3 years

How to Apply- 

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

  • Applicant(s) should first register on the online website click here to register
  • After log-in in, the applicant(s) must fill all the mandatory fields in the Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute addresses etc.
  • If you have CO-PI in your proposal, ensure that all the CO-PI’s are 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 the project (max 1500 characters), Expected output, and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters), Budget (Research Personnel, Consumables, Travel, Equipment, Contingency, Overheads ) have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.
  • Other relevant information about the proposal has to be uploaded in a single PDF file, not more than 10 MB, like another technical document (OTD). Download Template


Women Scientists cannot hold POWER Fellowship and POWER Grant simultaneously.

For queries & more: Email: serb-power[at]serb[dot]gov[dot]in

Last Date for Apply– 30 September 2022

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