The University Grants Commission strives to promote teaching and research in emerging areas in Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, Literature, Pure sciences, Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy, Medical, Agricultural Sciences etc. The emphasis would be supporting such areas that cut across disciplines and subjects such as health, gerontology, environment, biotechnology, nanotechnology, stress management, WTO and its impact on economy, history of science, Asian philosophy and many other areas as would be identified by subject experts. There are disciplines such as defence and strategic studies which include national security affairs, insurance and banking, economics and world trade which in a true sense are multidisciplinary in nature, cutting across disciplines of sciences, humanities and social sciences, and are of importance in a rapidly changing global scenario. These and allied disciplines need to be studied and researched in a more organized manner. Institutionalization of such activities is a need of the present times.


The universities have been the centres of research. Although, the Government has a network of science and technology laboratories for research and development, the major base of researchers in science and technology remains with the universities and colleges. Hence, university and college teachers need to be supported to meet their requirements for individual research in specialized areas. To promote excellence in research in higher education by supporting research programmes of University and College teachers in various disciplines.

The University Grants Commission will provide support to permanent/regular, working/retired teachers in the Universities and Colleges (Under Section 2(f) and 12 B of UGC Act, 1956) only. 

The permanent teachers working in self financing Institutions [Self financing colleges subject to fulfilment of conditions stipulated in the UGC (Fitness of Institution for grant Rules, 1975) and subject to the condition that fees charged by such colleges are in accordance with the State/University fee regulations or as laid down by any law in force also eligible to apply under the scheme. 

A teacher, working or retired can avail only one project/ scheme of the UGC at any given time. The one, which is offered and accepted first irrespective of Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator, must be completed before the other offer is accepted. Failure to abide by this rule shall make the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator and the Institution liable to refund the entire amount paid by the UGC in all such schemes. They may be also debarred from participation in future UGC programmes. It would be the responsibility of the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator and the host Institution for total accountability of the project. After completion of one project (date of finalization of accounts of the project). If a teacher desires to undertake another UGC project, a gap of one year will be necessary. The Principal Investigator should publish two papers in a reputed journal in the form of 3 Books/Article/Presentation in seminar etc. from the said project completed.

Retired teachers can apply under the scheme up to the age of 67 years and must have a Co-Investigator (Permanent Teacher) from the same Department, where the project is likely to be undertaken. 

Only the teaching faculty of Library Science, Physical Education, Principals and Vice-Chancellors will also be eligible to participate in the scheme. 

Colleges/Universities/ Institutions forwarding the proposal should have a dequate research facilities.

The quantum of assistance for a research project will be as under:
Major Research Project in Sciences including Engineering & Technology, Medical, Pharmacy, Agriculture etc. – Rs. 20.00 lacs.
Major Research Project in Humanities, Social Science, Languages, Literature, Arts, Law and allied disciplines – Rs. 15.00 lacs.
The Commission will provide financial support for the items like Equipment, Books and Journals, (Project Fellow), Hiring Services, Contingency, Chemicals and Consumables, Travel and Field work.

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