COMPONENT-1 (For all disciplines)

Objectives

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:

  • To motivate young faculty to undertake short term projects analysing local, regional, national problems pertaining to social, cultural and economic aspects of development.
  • To encourage critical reasoning, design thinking and constructive enquiry to articulate research questions, objectives, hypothesis and methodology.
  • To acquire scientific writing skills, communication and articulation to disseminate research findings, and also in developing select bibliographies, constructing indices, databases, etc.
  • To sensitize the stakeholders about the issues of societal, national, regional and global importance across disciplines through exchange of ideas by creating forums like discussion groups, periodic meetings, workshops, special lectures by experts, etc.
  • To promote entrepreneurship among young faculty, scholars and students through systematic talent hunt, mentorship programs, ideas, innovation, research presentation competitions, annual research seminars and start-up guidance.
  • To promote and strengthen faculty development and postdoctoral research fellowship programs in all disciplines and also promote academic and research ethics and integrity.
  • To promote exchange between HEI faculty and scientists from national bodies/laboratories like CSIR, DST, DBT, ICMR, ICAR, DRDO, ISRO, ICSSR, ICHR, ICCR etc., for a period of 6-12 months split-site model. This can be mutually beneficial for enhancing quality and relevance of the trans-disciplinary research.
  • To involve retired, yet active faculty/scientists in research capacity building efforts. Eminent faculty (Fellows of National Academies/National Awardees etc.) from parent or neighbouring institutions may be invited as emeritus professors to mentor younger faculty in the respective Universities/Institutions.

Eligibility:

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.

Quantum of Support:

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.

Tenure of the Scheme:

The duration of the scheme shall be three years from the date of receipt of first instalment of approved grant.

Procedure for Applying for the Scheme:

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.

Selection Process:

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.

Procedure for Release of Grants:

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.

Procedure for Monitoring the Progress of the Scheme:

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.

Utilization of Grants:

The grant can be utilised for implementing specific objectives as outlined in the project proposal. The grant can also be utilized for

  • Organizing short courses in research design, plagiarism policy, procurement policy, intellectual property, academic honesty, scientific and technical writing for academic and research purposes and so on.
  • Participation in research internship specialized training, methodology workshops, etc.
  • Domestic and International Travel may be permitted, if properly justified with the approval of Mentoring and Monitoring Committee (MMC).

Expected Outcome:

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.

Cancellation Policy:

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.




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