This component of the scheme is to conceive, construct, commission, implement and monitor high impact innovative projects by identifying best talent to work as team by creating a network of multiple institutions. It intends to reach out to experts of high repute and performing highest standing quality research in relevant disciplines of humanities and human sciences.

Following are the specific objectives of this component of the scheme:

  • To develop high impact projects and promulgate trans-disciplinary research in the identified thrust areas which have direct implications for creation of new knowledge, advancement of disciplines along with global leadership and progress of the country.
  • To identify individual faculty/researchers with proven track record of quality teaching and research in Humanities and Human Sciences and support them for trans-disciplinary areas through post-doctoral fellowships, emeritus professorships, etc.
  • To make research as a catalyst for innovative teaching relating to identified thrust areas.
  • To identify, support and create quality human resources in thrust areas of humanities and human sciences and also to produce and publish world class research output.
  • To create a network of researchers of eminence across disciplines to form a team that can deliver high impact research outcomes in trans-disciplinary areas.
  • To create high impact at global level through scholarly reports, thought leadership articles, critical reviews and high-quality research publications in reputed journals.

Eligibility to receive funding:

Any researcher working in the University/Institution/College, which qualifies under Section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, 1956 with proven track record to undertake trans-disciplinary research in the fields of Humanities and Human Sciences, can submit project proposal for funding up to Rs. 5 Crores, with a national network of co- investigators from a minimum of 2-4 institutions / organizations. The Principal Investigator (PI) should have sufficient expertise and support systems such as administrative, financial and research to carry out the trans-disciplinary research in the identified thrust areas. In addition to research network of Indian HEIs, reputed international institutions may be involved if well justified with approval of the UGC.

Duration of the Scheme:

The tenure of the scheme will be up to five years. The effective date of implementation of the approved tenure will be from the date of receipt of first instalment of the approved grant.

Ceiling of Assistance:

The maximum limit of financial assistance will be upto Rs. 5 Crores for a period of five years for multi institutional network project. The maximum limit for individual investigators within an institution among different departments/disciplines in identified thrust areas will be upto Rs. 1 Crore. The financial assistance will be provided for recurring as well as non-recurring items of expenditure.

Procedure for Application:

The PIs/ CIs from eligible institutions may apply in prescribed format along with detailed project report. The application should be forwarded through the Head of the PI institution duly certified that (i) the core facilities are available and will be provided to the investigator(s) to work on the proposed scheme, and (ii) the department/ institute will discharge all its obligations, particularly in respect of management of the grants given. In addition to such applications, the SSC on its own may also identify eminent scholars, multi institutional network collaborators and commission the project by invitation. All 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.

Pre-proposal option:

Applicants may choose to submit a pre-proposal briefly explaining concept, objectives, methodology and outcomes. The pre-proposals will be screened by Search and Selection Committee (SSC) of the UGC. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be invited to develop detailed project report (DPR). In such cases, the UGC may extend the financial assistance to the extent of Rs. 2 Lakhs for organizing workshops / meetings, if necessary, for developing DPR. In such cases, PIs should give submit Letter of Intent in prescribed format and undertaking to submit a detailed proposal (DPR) within a period of two months via UGC-STRIDE online application portal.

Procedure for Selection Process:

The detailed project report in identified thrust areas will be peer reviewed by the experts. PIs and CIs of shortlisted projects may be invited to defend the project before the SSC. The SSC will critically evaluate the project proposals based on presentation / interactions with the network PI and CIs and submit recommendations to the UGC. The UGC communicate the sanction letter after approval in the commission.

Post Approval Process:

Once the approval letter and initial grant is released, the Vice-Chancellor / Registrar / Principal must ensure that the University / College accepts terms and conditions and implement the Scheme within three months from the date of approval letter. Otherwise the UGC may cancel the approval of the Project.

Procedure for Monitoring and Progress of the Project:

Once the approval letter and First Instalment of the grant released, the respective institutions set up modalities for accounting and monitoring of the project progress. All advances must be settled within defined period (financial year) and further advance cannot be released until the advance already taken settled. However, the responsibility of project execution and progress rests with the Principal and Co-Investigators and project monitoring rests with the institution and the institution need to constitute a project monitoring committee for periodic monitoring and review as per the norms of the UGC scheme.

Ensure that resources required for a particular project are planned in advance and optimally utilised so as to avoid adverse impact on outcome of project. The UGC assistance for the payment of consolidated emoluments of Post-Doctoral Fellow and Emeritus Fellow will be as per the conditions of appointment during the project duration. The UGC will not be responsible either legally or financially for continuation of the services of personnel appointed under the project after completion of the duration.

If, PI could not appoint/recruit approved sanctioned positions under the Project, on the date of completion of the duration of the project, it will automatically stand lapsed. The rules and regulations of respective HEIs along with stipulations by the UGC will be followed. In case of any difficulty, the matter may be referred to SSC. The UGC will consider recommendation of the SSC and take appropriate decision, which shall be final.

Good practices in project implementation, monitoring and accounting will be shared with all the participating universities / institutions. Often some of the administrative process in certain institutions may be time consuming thereby delaying the project progress. Such cases must be identified early in the process and the participating institution should be supported to develop and put in place better methods of project administration without losing much time.

Initially, 100% Non-Recurring (NR) Grant and 50% of the Recurring Grant of total approved allocation will be released to the institution as a part of first instalment. The remaining grant shall be released after the receipt of the Utilization Certificate of first instalment and also fulfilment of other conditions of the UGC. If the NR Grant expenditure is not incurred as per UGC norms, before mid-term evaluation and the progress report is not satisfactory, the project stands cancelled and the grant released to be refunded with 10% of interest.

Second and subsequent instalment of grants will be sanctioned only on receipt of the following documents:

  • Year-wise consolidated budget-head wise statement of actual expenditure and utilization certificate incurred against the grant paid for the previous year in the prescribed proforma, duly audited and signed by the Registrar, Finance Officer and Principal Investigator.
  • The PI must submit an Annual Progress Report in the prescribed format, highlighting the specific observations/ comments of the project monitoring committee.
  • A mid-term evaluation after two years has to be carried out by the UGC on progress of the project scheme subject to satisfactory report.
  • The UGC shall ensure a formal impact assessment of project by involving eminent experts or third-party evaluation at the end of the project.

Expected Outcome:

  • Innovations in humanities and human sciences
  • Scholarship and thought leadership
  • Scientific exploration of Indian knowledge systems
  • High quality, high impact publications
  • Inter and intra institutional collaboration
  • Human resources development


  • The Institution assumes financial and other administrative responsibilities of the project from which PI belongs.
  • In case of network project, formal agreement from the collaborating individuals through institutions should support the proposal.
  • International travel may be permissible under the project as approved by the SSC.
  • The manpower recruited for the project should be paid as per the rules of the UGC.
  • The proposals will be considered for approval/rejection by the committee constituted for the purpose.
  • It is the policy of UGC to maximize the use of expertise. In this light, Investigator shall permit the use of spare or idle capacities of equipment procured or facilities created under the project by Bonafide users (research workers in other UGC funded projects or other projects of the institute/networking institutions).

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 given or UGC rules have not been followed for utilising the funds.


  • Certificate from Investigator(s) and endorsement from Head of the Institutions on letter head
  • Details of the proposals to be submitted online in the prescribed format
  • MoU among the Participating Institutions
  • Name and address of at least five experts/Institutions who may be interested in the subject/ outcome of the project (list).
  • Registration Certificate, Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulation of the Institution run by NGO/Non-Profit Organization/Agencies.
  • Audited Statement of annual accounts and report (pertaining to the last 2 financial years).
  • Procurement Policy of the Participating Institutions
  • Institutional Ethical Clearance for the proposed networking project

The Pre-proposals should be restricted to 4-5 pages defining

  • clear cut objectives,
  • work plan
  • expected outcome
  • Bio-data of the investigator/s giving details regarding the expertise along-with the list of research papers in the proposed research area and
  • tentative budget estimates. The Pre-proposals will be examined by expert committee and PI’s of the shortlisted concepts will be asked to submit their detailed proposals for further consideration.

Eligibility for Application:

  • Collaborative Research: The partners should identify domains within which their research project proposal will be developed. For each domain, there should be a description on why the domain is prioritized, overall program direction and approach to identifying the key questions. Details should be provided for the contribution, expertise and research experience of each partner.
  • Each partner should have a proven interest in the area of collaborative research as evidenced by publications and acknowledged expertise.
  • The project proposal should have a clearly defined long-term R&D strategy.

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