COMPONENT-2 (For all disciplines)

Objectives

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:

  • To encourage faculty, research scholars and students to undertake basic / applied/ action research projects with the engagement of the people in the larger framework of national priorities, policies and public good.
  • To support trans-disciplinary research projects based on ideas emerging from inclusive, innovations and national missions related to poverty, gender, health, nutrition, hygiene, agriculture, animal husbandry, environment, disaster management, safety, energy, water, rural development, transport, urbanization, housing, digital knowledge, skill development, entrepreneurship, etc. related to local, regional and national development.
  • To investigate the important areas related to people, communities and groups, to overcome exclusion based on social, economic, ethnic and gender identity issues.
  • To explore possibilities of collaboration/ internships at the government, corporate and voluntary organizations level which may help faculty, scholars and students to get insights into real problems to address them in future.

Eligibility/Target Group:

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.

Nature of Assistance:

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.

Non-Recurring Grants:

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.

Recurring Grants:

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.

Tenure and Implementation:

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.

Procedure for Applying:

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.

Procedure for Approval:

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.

Procedure for Release of Grants:

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.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

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.

Final Report and Settlement of Grants:

  • The final report of the project may be uploaded on the Scheme Portal of UGC Website and a Certificate of the same duly signed and stamped by the Registrar/Principal.
  • It is mandatory to post the final report and executive summary of the report, research documents, monographs, academic papers published under project on the website of the University / College.
  • The Principal Investigators/Institutions are expected to settle the accounts immediately on completion of the project. In case the balance grant, if any, is not claimed within six months from the date of completion of the project, the same will lapse and no representation will be entertained on this behalf.
  • Year-wise statement with date of joining towards salary of staff appointed under the project.
  • A consolidated audit statement of expenditure and utilization certificate for the amount actually utilized towards the project duly signed and sealed by the Govt. Internal Auditor/ Chartered Accountant, Registrar/ Principal as well as the Principal Investigator in the prescribed proforma.
  • The unutilized grant if any, may be refunded immediately through RTGS / Online Transfer directly in favour of the Secretary, University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

Cancellation Policy:

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.

General Rules for Operation of the Scheme:

As per UGC Guidelines.

  • The UGC will invite fresh proposals through a Public Notice published on UGC website (www.ugc.ac.in) and the proposal submitted online is evaluated by reviewers, based on the recommendations the PI may be invited for presentation.
  • After finalization of the selection procedure of the projects the names of the selected PI will be posted on the UGC website. The PI should check their names and send their acceptance certificate duly forwarded by the Registrar/Principal of the institutions immediately, to enable the UGC to send the approval/sanction letter. However, the commencement of tenure of the project is from the date of release of grants.
  • If the PI is transferred from his/her original place of work to another Institution [under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, 1956] No Objection Certificate should be furnished for the transfer of the project from both the Institutions stating that necessary facilities will be provided by the Institution in which the awardee is transferred for the smooth running of the project.
  • The data generated and the results obtained out of the Project may be incorporated by the Project Fellow in his/her thesis with the concurrence of the PI.
  • The mid-term evaluation for ongoing projects will be carried out by the reviewers after completion of about one and half years of duration of the project. The PI has to submit the Progress Report online through UGC Portal.
  • The Commission would decide the continuance of the project on the recommendations of the reviewers of the mid-term evaluation. If PI fails to submit mid-term progress report, the commission may discontinue/cancel the project in normal circumstances and entire amount to be refunded by the Principal Investigator to the UGC.
  • 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 by two external experts at the institution level. Then the final report in the prescribed proforma should be forwarded to the UGC along with the expert committee report. However, the UGC expert committee will evaluate the final report of the project.
  • PI should publish the results of the study on the project acknowledging the contribution made by the staff appointed for the project and the support received from the UGC.
  • If a PI fails to complete the project, he/she has to refund the entire amount sanctioned with interest.
  • No extension in tenure is permissible in any circumstances.




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