SERB – Power scheme for women scientists

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  • October 30, 2020
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SERB – Power scheme for women scientists

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology 

In news

  • A Scheme titled “SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research)” was recently launched exclusively for women scientists.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Science & Technology
  • Launched by: The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Key takeaways 

  • Objective: To mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research in various S&T programs.
  • It will have two components namely: (1) SERB-POWER Fellowship; (2) SERB- POWER Research Grants.

Features of the 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; and Overhead of Rs. 90,000/- per annum.
  • Duration: Three years, without the possibility of extension. Once in a career.

Features of the SERB – POWER Research Grants

  • POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories: (1) Level I (Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 60 lakhs for three years; (2) Level II (Applicants from State Universities / Colleges and Private Academic Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 30 lakhs for three years.
  • POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB-CRG (Science and Engineering Research Board-Core Research Grant) guidelines.

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