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SERB – POWER Research Grants

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

  • Level I: The scale of funding up to 60 lakhs for three years.
  • Level II: The scale of funding up to 30 lakhs for three years.

Mechanisms of identification:

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

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

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


  • 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 in any other recognized R&D institution in India.
  • Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central GovernmentInstitutions will be considered under Level I Category, whereas applicants from State Universities / Colleges and Private Academic Institutions should apply under Level II Category.
  • POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB-CRG guidelines.
  • The POWER Grant is provided for equipment, manpower, consumables, travel and contingency. "Overheads" is also being provided to the implementing institution as per prevailing norms of SERB.
  • 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.
Name of the Programme Programme Advisor / Coordinator Programme Officer
POWER Research Grants Dr. Praveen Kumar S
Scientist F
Dr. Monika Agrawal
Scientist F