What does STARS primarily support?

STARS program supports projects that further its mission of promoting translational, India-centric research in six basic thrust areas. The main idea is to identify a societally relevant problem and identify the scientific question that needs to be addressed.

Are there deadlines for submitting applications?

Yes, please refer to Important Dates for the latest information. The deadlines are strict due to the large volume of applications that we expect to receive. Please be sure to submit before the specific time, which is generally 11:59 PM IST.

What are the reporting requirements for grants funded by the foundation?

We require periodic reports from the participating researchers. All reports must be submitted through our online portal. For more information please refer to the System of Monitoring.

Can I submit more than one proposal for the same funding cycle?

You can be a PI on maximum one proposal, and co-PI on maximum two proposals for the same funding cycle.

When can I expect to hear about the decision on my proposal?

Approved/selected proposals will be announced on the STARS website on September 30, 2019. Applicants will also be notified by email after the decision is made.

Is there a time limit in which I must submit my proposal once I start the online application?

No. Applicants have the option of saving all the entered data and completing the application at a later stage.

How are proposals reviewed?

Proposals would be reviewed by Domain Expert Committees constituting experts from the pre-determined thrust areas, including experts from industry.

How long should my proposal be and what should it include?

Please follow the instructions provided in the online portal and maintain the word/page limits strictly. Your proposal may not be evaluated if the word/page limits are exceeded.

Can I submit a project that is already under consideration for publication?

No. We do not support projects where the proposed research has already been circulated as a paper or submitted for publication.

What are the maximum amounts of funding?

Research Grants are generally limited to INR 50 Lakhs for single-PI projects and INR 100 Lakhs for projects with multiple PIs.

Do I have to use the online application system?

Yes. All applications and reports must be submitted through the online portal at https://stars.iisc.ac.in/. Please contact us at support.stars@iisc.ac.in if you face any difficulties with the system.

Can students or technical staff submit proposal?

Only permanent faculty members of the eligible institutions can submit proposals.

Can foreign citizens submit proposal?

Only if they are permanent faculty members of eligible institutions.

We are from a college that is not funded by MHRD but affiliated to a university that satisfies the eligibility criteria. Can we submit proposals to STARS?

Only universities and colleges having CGPA above 3.26 above or NIRF ranking with 100 will be eligible. Not all colleges shall be eligible, even if they are affiliated to eligible universities. Eligibility list As approved by MHRD

Is PhD degree is necessary to apply or PG degree is sufficient?

PG degree is enough to submit proposal provided the PI is a permanent faculty member.

 How many signatures do we require in the declaration form (Annexure–I)?

The declaration (Annexure-I) submitted by the PI only needs to have name of the co-PI(s), i.e. it does not have signature of the co-PI(s). Similarly, the declaration submitted by the co-PI(s) need not have signature of the PI.

Can co-PI be from a foreign institution?

No, co-PI needs to be a permanent faculty member in an Indian institution.

Who is eligible to be a PI?

Permanent faculty members from Higher Educational institutions viz., the MHRD-funded technical institutes (IISc, IITs, IISERs, NITs) and Central Universities; and Non-MHRD funded Institutions with NIRF ranking within 100 (overall category) or NAAC 3.26 and above (colleges or universities). PIs from MHRD funded research institutions will not be eligible.

Who is eligible to be a co-PI and will all co-PI institutions be eligible to receive funds?

Permanent faculty members from any Indian institution can be a co-PI in principle. However, for co-PI institution to receive funds, only MHRD funded higher educational institutions (not research institutions) who satisfy the NAAC criteria of 3.26 and better will be eligible.

How will the funds be dispersed / allocated to the co-PI institutions?

The funds will be transferred from the institution of the PI to the co-PI institution, subject to both institutions satisfying the eligibility criteria as mentioned above.

Can PI and Co-PI request for separate funds and hence budgets?

The breakup of budget will be requested at a later date, once the technical committee reviews the proposal.

Can a proposal have multiple PIs?

For each proposal, there will be one PI and zero/one/more co-PIs

Should PI and all co-PIs upload Annexure II?

Annexure II should be uploaded separately by PI and co-PIs (if any) during the submission of the proposal. The endorsement submitted by PI only needs to have the endorsement of the head of organization of the PI. Similarly, endorsement submitted by co-PI only needs to have the endorsement of the head of organization of the co-PI.

What should I do if my project needs IBSC approval?

In case the proposal requires IBSC approval, the PI would have to upload an IBSC certificate. In case they are unable to get the clearance within this period, they can upload a certificate on their letterhead stating that they have applied for IBSC clearance for the project. In case the project is approved, funds would only be released upon receipt of the final IBSC certificate.

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