- All areas of Science and Engineering are eligible for support. It may be noted that NSF doesn’t support medical research, hence, ‘medicine’ is excluded from the scope of this call.
- Individual scientists and research groups from academic institutions, research laboratories and stand-alone / non-profit R&D institutions, which are otherwise eligible for normal DST / SERB grants, are eligible for support under PIRE programme. Normally, such institutions should be running PhD level programmes during the preceding five years.
Nature of Support
The funding under the PIRE grants will be provided under the budget heads applicable for regular DST / SERB grants, namely, manpower, equipment, consumables, travel, contingency and institute overheads. The extent of head-wise allocation as well as any special requirement will be considered on case-to case basis.
Mode of Application
The Indian applicant(s) have to apply through their US collaborator(s) by way of a complete and composite application, including the portion of Indian partner(s)] directly to NSF. Applicants should visit the NSF website for detailed information on PIRE and corresponding application guidelines.
No separate application needs to be submitted to SERB / IUSSTF. As per the arrangement, SERB / IUSSTF will have access to all applications and other relevant documentation, which involve an Indian partner, directly through NSF.
It is suggested that applicants take necessary administrative approval(s) from their parent institutes, while applying for the PIRE grant, appropriately. SERB will need an explicit undertaking from the host institution for implementing the grant, for which the applicant(s) will be notified later.SERB / IUSSTF will separately and/or individually notify if any additional information or documentation is required from the applicant(s).