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  • 30 Oct 2020
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Recently, the Union Minister for Science and Technology has launched SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research) Scheme, which has two components of fellowship and research grants.

Key Points

  • It is a scheme designed exclusively for women scientists to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research in various science and technology (S&T) programmes in Indian academic institutions and research and development (R&D) laboratories.
  • It will serve as a benchmark of recognition in the national scenario and will empower women scientists and cultivate a women-friendly culture and ensure more women in leadership positions in decision-making bodies.
  • SERB-POWER Fellowship:
    • Target:
      • Women researchers in 35-55 years of age.
      • Up-to 25 Fellowships per year and not more than 75 at any point in time.
    • Components of Support:
      • Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income.
      • Research grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum.
      • Overhead of Rs. 90,000/- per annum.
    • Duration:
      • Three years, without the possibility of extension. Once in a career.
  • SERB-POWER Research Grants:
    • Funding under Two Categories for up to 50 Power Grants:
      • Level I: Up to 60 lakhs for three years for applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions.
      • Level II: Up to 30 lakhs for three years for applicants from State Universities/Colleges and Private Academic Institutions.
    • Regulations:
      • Grants will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB-Core Research Grant (CRG) guidelines.

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Source: PIB

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