The main objective of the scheme is to develop research culture and interest among young faculty, scholars and students to pursue careers and under take the high-quality research in trans-disciplinary areas that augment and expand their research capacity. This scheme is meant for the development of researchers and teams via training through competitive selection, to design research, follow research ethics, write research grant proposals, effectively execute the research, publish and patent research findings.
This scheme is to strengthen national and international collaborative trans-disciplinary research culture in universities and colleges by adopting the following:
Any university which is in formative and / or consolidation stage and any college can submit its project proposal for funding to develop and strengthen research capacity building of teachers and research scholars of all disciplines. It may also tie-up with the neighbouring institutions for its upgradation and inclusion. The university/college must be qualified under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, 1956. The private institutions will not be entitled for funding however they can apply for recognition as a UGC-STRIDE Center for Research Capacity Building on a Self-finance mode.
The support under the scheme will be up to a maximum of Rs. 1 Crore per institution only to meet the specified objectives. The grant will be utilised as per the UGC rules/norms.
The duration of the scheme shall be three years from the date of receipt of first instalment of approved grant.
The eligible universities, institutions and colleges can apply online in the prescribed format for the Scheme available on the UGC Website. The institution would identify a Coordinator (academician of repute) at the institution level. The well-conceived project proposal covering at least 50% objectives of the Scheme along with the details of the budget and other information of the institution required as per the given enclosed format would be submitted.
All the project proposals would be subjected to peer-review and the project will be awarded on a competitive merit basis on the recommendations of the Expert Committee constituted by the UGC for the purpose.
The grant will be released in two equal instalments. Initially, 50% of the total approved grant will be released to the University/College. The remaining grant shall be released after the receipt of the Utilization Certificate of first instalment.
Every awardee institution will appoint Mentoring and Monitoring Committee (MMC) consisting of eminent Scholars / Scientists (At least one should be Fellow of National Academy or National Awardee) and one nominee of the UGC. The MMC will continuously review the progress (at least once in six months however, the UGC nominee may attend once in a year). An annual progress report (certified by the MMC) will be submitted by the awardee institution to the UGC. No extension is permissible beyond the total period of three years. In the final report, the Institution must indicate clear outcomes in line with the objectives of the scheme.
The grant can be utilised for implementing specific objectives as outlined in the project proposal. The grant can also be utilized for
At the end of the funding period the trained students, scholars and faculty will be expected to have strengthened their capability to prepare and submit scientifically meritorious research project grant applications and to have initiated or enhanced research training and career development programs relevant to the national mission.
The project will be withdrawn at any point of time if it is found that the institution is ineligible or grant is not utilised for the purpose which it has been sanctioned or UGC rules have not been followed for utilising the grant.