The NRB aims to make India technologically strong by establishing world class cutting edge Naval science and technology base to provide our Defence, Space and Civil Aviation sectors a decisive edge by equipping them with internationally competitive systems and solutions.
The NRB has instituted a Grants-in-Aid Scheme to encourage and facilitate researchers in design development in Naval and nurture the available research talent and to develop facilities in IITs, universities, higher technological institutes, colleges and other research centers. Project proposal to be submitted in short proposal format to the Member Secretary, NRB as per the thrust areas of NRB. Proposal will be sent to the concerned naval lab by the NRB office with intimation to the Panel Chairman. If naval lab (NMRL, NSTL, NPOL & DMRL) shows some interest in the proposal, then only PI needs to submit detailed proposal to NRB and PI will be called by the Panel Chairman to present the project proposal in the appropriate panel to get the recommendation for approval.
NRB operates through a Seven specialist Panels. The Panels meet periodically to review and recommend new proposals and monitor the ongoing projects. In addition, these panels are also responsible to expand the Naval research base in the country by way of motivating and nurturing young scientists and R&D institutions to take up activities in the specialist areas. Presently, there are Seven Specialist Panels to cover the different disciplines, viz.,
Principal Investigators from:-
Member Secretary, Naval Research Board (NRB)
Room No 322, West Wing, 4th Floor
DRDO Hq. Annexe, Old LASTEC Building,
Metcalfe House, Civil Lines, Delhi- 110054.
Mail : dnrdoff[at]hqr[dot]drdo[dot]in, msnrb[at]hqr[dot]drdo[dot]in
Q1: Who can apply/Who may submit?
A1: The proposal can be submitted by academia/ research institutes (Principle Investigators) available in the country engaged in the field of Naval Science & Technology, Indian academic institutions of national importance/repute, national science and technology centres, research institutions, non-profit professional societies performing advanced research, acclaimed scientists attached to approved research and also private institutions.
Q2: Is it manadatory to have Co-PI in the project proposal stage? How many institutions can be involved?
A2: Yes, PI should also provide the Co-PI details during the project submission process. Co-PI can be from same or other research insitutions.
Q3: Is there any age limit for applying to ERG Funds?
A3: No there is no age limit for applying to ERG scheme. However it is advisable that PI should have 1-2 years of service left beyond the duration of the project.
Q4: What are the trust areas of research?
A4: Trust areas are the research domains of interest to DRDO. Every board has its own trust areas and lited on the portal. PI should identify the cluster and trust areas before submiting the project proposal.
Q5: How do I know to which board I should apply? In how many boards can I submit the same project?
A5: The Research Boards, Clusters and Trust areas are mentioned on the portal. Kindly refer the Scheme, domain and the area in which PI is interested to submit the project proposal.
Q6: What documents I need to submit on the starting of the project?
A6: The submission format requires details like PI and Co-PI profile details, Project technical details, Budget details, Publication details, Patent details, Education and Research experience and other related informations.
Q7: What details to be submitted in Budgetary quotations?
A7: Budget quotations include the Manpower, Travel, Equipment, Consultancy, Contingencies and other related details.
Q8: What is Major and Minor revision during the proposal submission stage?
A8: Revision is suggested after the scrutiny of the submitted project. It is the resposibilty of the PI to incorporate the Major and Minor revisions suggested by the technical recommendation committee.
Q9: Do PI needs to submit the ethical certificate, plagirism certificate during the submission stage?
A9: Ethical certificate may be required for the project proposals submitted to the NRB Board. Plagirism certificate is mandatory and has to be submitted at the the time of project proposal submission in all the boards.
Q10: What is a File no/Reference No and what is the significance of this no in Project?
A10: File No is a unique number generated at the time of Project proposal submission. Please use the reference no for all the future communications.
Q11: Is it required for both PI and Co-PI to register on the web portal for applying to ERG Scheme?
A11: PI has to register on the DRDO project submission website and verify their mail ID first and then, login to submit the proposal. It is advised that PI should go through the guidelines before submission.
Q12: I am a non-Indian. Am I eligible for the Grant?
A12: This scheme is only for Indian nationals. Persons of Indian Origin(PIOs) travelling on or holding foreign(i.e., non-Indian) passports are non-Indians and not eligible as of now.
Q13: Is this scheme associated to individuals also?
A13: This scheme is for PI and Co-PI associated with Indian institutions.
Q14: What should the Proposal submission details include?
A14: The proposal should provide aim and objective of the research activity, relevance, current status, time period, facilities available as envisaged in terms of infrastructure and special equipment along with budgetary quotation, major activities and time lines, cost and its breakups, stages of reviews, likely outcomes/ deliverables, documentation, and details of the Co-PI etc.
Q15: Can I get the manpower support for the Project?
A15: Yes, please fill the details in the Budget section of Project proposal. PI can fill the requestion for RA, SRF, JRF as per the Gov Norms
Q16: Is PI required to submit the hard copy along with the online submission?
A16: PI may be asked to submit the hard copy depending on the Research board and scheme requirements.
Q17: How long does it take to get the project proposal sanctioned? How PI can track the project evaluation stages?
A17: The sanctioning of the project may take some time. The progress and tracking of the project evaluation stages may be available on the PI dashboard.
Q18: How PI can contact the project submission support team?
A18: There will be dedicated staff for the the DRDO project support. Support team can be contacted at the following Address:
Ashok Kumar Yadav
Member Secretary Naval Research Board (NRB) Room No. 410, 4th Floor, DRDO HQrs Annexe,
Old LASTEC Building, Metcalfe House Complex Delhi-110054
Phone: 011-23818139 Mail id: dnrdoff[at]hqr[dot]drdo[dot]in (Preferred Mode of Communication)
Q19: What will be the start date of the project operation after sanction?
A19: The project would be deemed to have become operative with effect from the date on which the grant is received by the institution
Q20: Who is the financial controlling authority for operating the grant within the institution after sanction?
A20: Once a project is sanctioned to an institution, the head of the institution would be the financial controlling authority for operating the grant.
Q21: Does DRDO discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding?
A21: No.DRDO does not discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions. Funding decisions are made based on merit of the proposal, competence of the Investigator(s), and the infrastructure available in the implementing institution, and not on the category of institutions the Investigator is working.
Q22: What is the maximum amount of the grant the Board will fund?
A22: There is no upper limit (or even lower limit) for a project grant. The budget is decided based on the requirement on the nature of research, importance to DRDO and its successful implementation. The Investigator should propose a budget which is realistic taking into account the infrastructure and resources available at the implementing institutions.
Q23: Can I join two academic institutions to carry my research at the same time? Can I submit proposal jointly with another institute?
A23: It is strongly advised to have one host institution for fund transfer & account management. However, you may get into collaboration with any other institute or organization.
Q24: What should be done for the unspent grant under ERG after the completion of the project duration?
A24: The following documents should to be sent to the DRDO after the duration of the completion of Project:
Q25: Can I change the institute? What is the process for changing the institute?
A25: Yes, PI can change the institute during the Project Implementation stage. Please fill the change of institute form. The process will be processed and based on decision, PI may be allowed to change the Insitution.
Q26: Can I surrender the project before the project duration? What is the procedure for surrending the ERG approved project?
A26: Yes, PI will be required to fill the Project surrender Form and only after the complete process and NOC submission, PI will be allowed to surrender the project.
Q27: Can I take leave or be away from my host institute during the project implementation period?
A27: Yes, PI needs to take permission before leaving the host institution, in the absence of PI, It is the responsibility of Co-PI to execute the funded project.
Q28: What documents should I sent for receiving the next installments of the grant?
A28: The PIs should upload annual Progress Report and financial statements at the end of each financial year. The release of the next installment of the grant will be considered only after submission of (a) Proper Utilization Certificate (separately for recurring & Non-recurring) and Statement of Expenditure, financial year wise and (b) Annual Progress Report through the DRDO online portal (c) contingent bill.