Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the difference between EMR (Mathematical Sciences) and MATRICS Scheme?A1: While EMR is core grant scheme without limitations on budget, MATRICS Scheme offers a fixed grant of 2 lakh p.a. plus overheads. Expenditure for manpower and major equipments are not supported in this scheme. MATRICS Scheme is tailored for active mathematicians with a flexible but fixed budget. The proposal format is also simple which requires 1 – 2page summary of the mathematical work to be carried out.
Q2: Can I apply for a project under MATRICS scheme when I am already implementing another project under EMR?A2: Yes. Researchers/Scientists who are running an ongoing project under EMR or any other scheme of SERB are eligible to apply.
Q3: Can I have a Co-PI in the project? A3: Co-PI is not permitted in the scheme.
Q4: Can I apply for MATRICS scheme after my superannuation in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions?A4: No.The applicant should have at least three years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.
Q5: I am working as a post-doctoral researcher. Am I eligible to apply under the scheme?A5: No. The applicant should be working on regular basis in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions.
Q6: Is there any specific time-line for applying proposals under this scheme?A6: The call will be open twice a year. The project proposals for consideration under MATRICS scheme can be submitted only when the call for proposal is made. The call will be notified in the and
Q7: Does SERB discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding?A7: No. SERB does not discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions. Funding decisions are made based on merit of the proposal, competence of the Investigator(s), and the infrastructure available in the implementing institution, and not on the category of institutions the Investigator is working.
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MATRICS Scheme is aimed to provide fixed grant support to active researchers with good credentials in Mathematical Sciences. The main attribute of this scheme would be submission of a simple 1-2 page mathematical proposal. The funding provided would cater to the specific needs of Mathematical Sciences research.

Nature of Support:

Research grant of Rs. 2 lakh p.a. for a period of three years.

(Note: (1) Researchers who require manpower or higher grant should apply under SERB EMR or ECR schemes (2) Co-PIs are not allowed in the scheme).

Purpose for which grants can be used:

  • Purchase of mathematics text books and monographs.
  • Purchase of minor equipment such as workstation, laptop, etc.
  • Purchase of mathematical software for research purposes.
  • Travel support and payment of registration fee for invited talks or presenting a paper in national and international conferences.
  • Travel support for collaborative visits in India and abroad.
  • Travel support and other logistics for inviting students and young researchers for research activities.


  • The applicant should be an active researcher in the field of Mathematical Sciences and allied areas.
  • The applicant should hold a Ph.D. degree and must be working on regular basis in academic institutions/national labs or any other recognized R&D institutions.

    [The term “Regular” refers to: (1) Those who are appointed by the institutions against the ‘sanctioned ‘post. Such positions are regularized/confirmed after the probation period is over (2) Those who are appointed in a tenure post, but are likely to be renewed after the end of the tenure].

  • The applicant should have at least three years of service remaining before superannuation as on the date of submission of the proposal.

Mode of Application and Selection:

The Call for applications will be made twice a year (in the months of June and November) and will be notified through the website and The proposal should be submitted online only.
The selection will be based on the recommendations of PAC Mathematical Sciences and the criteria of consideration would be (1) credentials of PI (2) publications record and (3) mathematical content of the proposal.

Review of Work Done:

At the end of each year, the recipients should upload annual report including list of publications and details of talks given in conferences and collaborations that have been initiated.

How to Apply Online:

  • Applicants should first register in the online website,
  • After log-in applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Details Section under User Profile which includes Bio data (as per defined template), Photo, Institute Address, etc.
  • Some of the details required to be entered for proposal submission include Project Title (max 500 characters), Mathematics review subject classification, Keywords (max 6), Project summary (max 3000 characters), particulars of any ongoing SERB projects, etc.
  • Documents required (in PDF):

    • Bio-data
    • 1-2 page(s) project proposal
    • List of ten most significant publications
    • List of all publications in the last five years
    • Certificate from Principal Investigator (Download document)
    • Endorsement Letter from the Head of Institution (Download document)

    Name of the Programme Programme Advisor / Coordinator Programme Officer
    MATRICS Dr.Premila Mohan
    Scientist G
    Dr.K.K. Magesh Kumar
    Scientist C


    Last Updated on 26 May, 2017