Creation of knowledge through research, and dissemination of a better understanding through teaching, are the primary objectives of a University. While both teaching and research are central to the realization of the objectives of these places of higher learning, research is often neglected in the University, particularly in India.
Taking note of steep decline in the research environment in Indian Universities, the Government of India, through the University Grants Commission, has taken several initiatives to arrest this trend and strengthen Basic Scientific Research in Indian Universities.
The Faculty Research Promotion Programme is one such innovative program, under which research support is provided at three levels to the faculties of the science departments (including medical and engineering sciences) at Indian Universities, which are eligible to receive developmental grants from the UGC.
The Programme comprises 3 different Schemes. Entry-level faculty is supported by a Start-Up Research Grant; active, research-oriented mid-career faculty by a Mid-Career Award; and active, talented senior faculty nearing superannuation by a BSR Faculty Fellowship. While the Start-Up Research Grant provides seed money for research to new faculty members at the time of commencement of their career, and benefits the fresh faculty members of a University; the Mid-Career Award aims to augment the research efforts of active mid-career faculty members and support them with this research incentive;The BSR Faculty Fellowship is meant for successful (with proven track record) and active senior faculty nearing superannuation. It enables continuance of their productive research career and mentorship role in Universities for a longer period.
The Empowered Committee selects the candidates after scrutiny and evaluation of the applications by the National Coordinator of this Programme.
A grant of Rs. 10.00 lakhs is provided, which can be utilised for items like minor equipment, consumables, contingencies (maximum Rs. 50,000/-pa), fieldwork (maximum Rs. 50,000/- pa), travel, etc. The quantum of funds under each head can be decided by the PI depending on his/her need maintaining the maximum limit prescribed above for contingencies & fieldwork.
No Research Fellow, Project Assistant etc. can be appointed using this grant, as it is expected that the Assistant Professor, as a young researcher, will initially conduct the bench work by himself/herself. The grant cannot be utilized for foreign travel.
The grant will be released in 2 installments. Initially, 80% of the grant will be released. The remaining grant will be released after the receipt of the UC of first installment. The grant is to be utilized within two years from the date of issue of sanction letter of the first installment.
A grant of of Rs. 10.00 lakhs is provided, which can be utilized towards minor equipment, consumables, chemicals, glasswares, contingencies, fieldwork, travel, etc.
The quantum of funds under these heads is flexible and the same can be decided by the recipient depending on his/her needs. However the grant cannot be used for international travel and purchasing furniture items.
The grant will be released in 2 installments. Initially, 80% of the grant will be released. The remaining grant will be released after the receipt of the UC of first installment. However, the entire grant must be utilized within 2 years from the date of issue of sanction letter of the first installment.
BSR Faculty Fellowship
Under this Scheme, a Research Grant of Rs. 5.00 lakhs per annum, and a Fellowship of Rs. 50,000 per month
(exclusive of the pension and/or other retirement benefits), is provided for a maximum duration of 3 years.
The Research grant can be utilized for purchase of equipment, computer/laptop, printer, chemicals, glasswares, consumables, contingency, hiring project/technical assistant, field work, travel (within India), etc.
The grant cannot be utilized for International travel and purchase of furniture.
The recipient can decide the quantum of funds under these heads depending on his/her needs.