Main objective of the scheme is to promote trans-disciplinary research and inclusive innovation to facilitate national development. This will be attempted by promoting research projects that are socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important or globally significant.
Specific objectives of this component of the scheme are as follows:
This component of the scheme is mainly meant for young/ mid-career faculty. UGC will provide support to regular Assistant/Associate Professor in any institution/university which qualifies under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, 1956.
Up to Rs. 50 Lakh. However, in exceptional cases where official collaboration with Government/ Corporate / Voluntary Organization is developed, the grant amount can be up to Rs 1 Crore for well justified project. In such case at least 40% share should be assured from the relevant collaborating organization. Representative list of important National Missions which may be considered for collaboration is given at Annexure 1.
The grants will be utilized to procure the equipment for the proposed research work before the mid-term evaluation of the project. The equipment acquired by the Principal Investigator (PI) under the Scheme must be deposited with the University/ Institution/ College after the completion of the Scheme which will be the institutional property.
The financial support under this will be used for the items like Project Fellowships, Hiring Services, Contingency, Travel and fieldwork, etc. as per the UGC norms. However, PI may re-appropriate maximum 20 per cent of the recurring grant allocated under each head with the permission of Head of the Institution under intimation to the UGC with the justifications. The fellowship/honorarium/institutional overhead grants cannot be re-appropriated.
The tenure of the project/program under the Scheme will be three years. The effective date of implementation of the project will be from the date of receipt of first instalment of approved grant.
Eligible Assistant/Associate Professors may submit their applications/project proposal ONLINE in the prescribed Proforma available on the UGC website. Before submitting to the UGC the concerned institute should get the proposal assessed by their research bodies with a certificate that the proposed research work is in conformity with the scheme guidelines. Downloaded three (3) copies of the filled Proforma duly forwarded by Registrar/Principal of the concerned University/ College should be brought at the time of interface meeting. Project proposals submitted must be original in ideation and content, free from any form of plagiarism. All submitted proposals would be subjected to a third-party similarity check and proposal is liable to be rejected if found plagiarised. Applicants are requested to pre-check their proposals for plagiarism as per UGC policy before uploading on the UGC web-portal.
The proposals (Online and downloaded) duly forwarded by the concerned Universities/Colleges will be assessed with the help of a subject experts. Based on the experts recommendations the Principal Investigator (PI) of short listed project found complete in all respect will be invited for defence before the committee constituted for the evaluation. The final decision will be taken by the UGC on the basis of recommendations made by the committee.
The first instalment of the grant shall comprise of 100% of the Non–Recurring including Overhead Charges, and 50% of the total Recurring grant for the total duration of the scheme. The grant will be released to the Registrar/Principal of the University/College. The amount released will be spent according to the approved heads/items within the approved allocation mentioned in sanction letter. Remaining Grant will be released on the basis of the mid-term evaluation of project and as per the UGC norms.
After one and half years, PI of the Project will submit a progress report through Online and the same will be assessed by the Reviewers. The continuance of the project would be decided on the basis of the reviewers report. After the completion of project tenure of 3 years, the parent institution of PI’s should arrange to make the final assessment/evaluation of the project within the institution by two external experts, then the institution should forward the completion documents along with expert committee report in the prescribed Proforma.
The project can be withdrawn at any point of time if it is found that the university/Institution/ college 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 funds.
As per UGC Guidelines.