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The Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) was established in 1974 and is an apex body through which the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India promotes R&D programmes in newly emerging and challenging areas of science and engineering. SERC is composed of eminent scientists, technologists drawn from various universities/national laboratories and Industry. This Council is assisted by Programme Advisory Committees (PACs) in various disciplines of Science & Engineering.



To promote research in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and engineering including multidisciplinary fields.
To selectively promote the general research capability in relevant areas of science and engineering taking into account capability of the host institutions.
To encourage young scientists to take up challenging R&D activities.
To give special encouragement to active scientists from relatively small and less endowed University Departments and Institutions.

Project support to scientists and technologists in challenging areas
Unit and core group around an outstanding scientist
Training programmes involving young scientists
SERC Fellowships
Setting up of Research support facilities

Organisation of Summer/Winter Schools

The mandate of research supported by the SERC includes increased and expanded knowledge in basic research, excellence in science & engineering, innovation and promotion of selected areas, encouragement for industrial partnership in projects under engineering and technology, training of manpower and encouragement to young scientists and students on a selective basis. It also acts as a mechanism for inter-agency coordination with other S&T agencies for better management of R&D funding through joint/complimentary funding in major projects.

SERC funds R&D Programmes in identified areas to Scientists and Technologists who are working in the academic sector, National labs and other recognised institutions.

SERC activities may be classified under the following broad disciplines:

Chemical Science
Earth & Atmospheric Science
Engineering Science
Life Science
Mathematical Science
Physical Science

SERC, had earlier identified specific areas of research known as Thrust areas through the mechanism of organising a series of national workshops in most of the above disciplines. More recently, the Programme Advisory Committees of the SERC had deliberated on updating these thrust areas and identifying new and challenging research areas for support in the future. Few examples of the broad areas identified by the SERC are Molecular Biophysics, Chronobiology , plant animal relationships, Communicable and non-communicable diseases, small permanent magnet machines, smart sensors, optical communication, hydrogen as substitute for hydrocarbons, ground water recharging, watershed management, high precision manufacturing, design of VLSI circuits, integrated manufacturing, synthesis and structure of complex molecules, organometallic and cluster chemistry , ultra fast reaction dynamics, combinatorial chemistry, corrosion etc., quantum optics and basic laser physics, non-linear optics, physics of biological systems, evolution of Indian crust, study of earthquake processes, climate observation and modelling, severe weather system, stochastic process modelling, combinatorial optimisation, game theory , etc.
"Vision for R&D" documents in various disciplines are available on request.


(I) Equipment, scientific & research manpower, Supplies & consumables, contigencies and travel under the project mode support, and other special requirements.

The Universities/Institutions, located in remote places, can send specific request on Orientation on SERC & DST funding to enable the DST staff members to visit the concerned institutions.
Scientist and technologists who are associated with SERC Projects are also provided guidance on issues related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Patenting through the Patent Facilitating Cell (PFC) in the DST.

(I) The project proposals for consideration under the SERC Scheme can be submitted anytime throughout the year.
(II) The Investigators may submit only 20 copies of the proposal printed on both the sides of A4 size paper along with the electronic copy of the proposal on a 1.44 MB floppy, preferablly in MS Word.

For more information please contact:
Shri V Rao Aiyagari
Member-Secretary (SERC)
Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhawan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110 016
Telefax: 011-6963695

[email protected]
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