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Science and Engineering Research Board International Travel Scheme (ITS)

Science and Engineering Research Board International Travel Scheme (ITS)

Science and Engineering Research Board International Travel Scheme (ITS)

About Science and Engineering Research Board International Travel Scheme (ITS)


International Travel Support (ITS) Scheme provides financial assistance to Indian researchers for presenting a research paper in an international scientific event (conference, seminar, workshop etc.) held abroad. In addition, support is also provided to young scientists (age limit below 35 years as on date of start of the event) for attending training programmes, Short-term schools and Workshops. Economy class air-fare by shortest route from Air India, airport-tax and visa fees are provided under the scheme. Registration Fee is provided to young scientist in addition to the above support. Applications can be submitted within the window of 60-90 days in advance from the date of start of the event. The system will not accept early or late submission of applications.


Scope :


The ITS scheme is to provide financial assistance for presenting a original research paper or chairing a session or delivering a keynote address in an international scientific event held abroad (conference/seminar/symposium etc.). This scheme also provides support to young researchers (Age<35 years on the date of start of event) for attending workshop, short term training programmes and schools being organized outside India.


Eligibility :


* Applicant should be an active Indian researcher engaged in R&D work in recognized academic institutions or research laboratories in India.
* The applicant should have an invitation for presenting an original scientific paper. Similar invitation is required in the case of young scientists attending training programmes such as short term courses, summer/winter schools, workshop etc.
* The applicant should not have availed financial assistance under this Scheme during the last three years.
* The scientific event should be of an international character. Invitation of personal nature such as for carrying out post-doctoral work, informal training programmes/courses, internship, observer-ship etc. will not be eligible for support.
* Applicant must have obtained Master’s degree in Science or Bachelor’s degree in professional courses from a recognized University by the time of submission of application.


Nature of Support:


This scheme provides to & fro economic class air fare by the shortest route, airport tax and visa fees for attending the specific event. Registration fees is also provided to young scientists (Age<35 on the date of start of event) in addition to the above support. The support is provided on reimbursement basis as per actual expenditure incurred by the applicant within the guidelines of the scheme. However, Taxi fare will not be reimbursed.


Documents required :


* An endorsement letter duly signed and stamped by competent authority of the institute.

* A copy of letter of acceptance of the presenting paper (oral/poster) by the organizers.

* A copy of the abstract of the paper to be presented. Please be sure to include name of all the authors, authors’ affiliated institutions with full address and title of the abstract.

* Biodata with complete list of Scientific / Technical publications and Patents, if any. Terms & Conditions of ITS grant:

* Travel grant should be used only for attending the scientific event for which the SERB accorded its approval.

* The Institute/Applicant should submit the claim bills, and other necessary documents within 90 days from the last day of the event.

* The host institute/Applicant shall ensure that the fund released is used exclusively and appropriately for which it has been sanctioned.

* If the applicant to whom the travel grant has been awarded leaves the institution, the Institute and the applicant should inform SERB immediately, and the grant released, if any, should be refunded back by the Institute to SERB immediately by means of DD drawn in favour of “Fund for Science and Engineering Research”.

* If the results of research are to be legally protected, the results should not be presented in international fora without action being taken to secure legal protection for the research results.

* If any candidate found to have furnished incorrect / misleading information at any stage, his/her candidature will be cancelled and no reimbursement will be made. The candidate will also be debarred for next three years for availing support under this scheme. How to apply online: For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

* Applicant(s) should first register into the online website click here to register * After log-in, kindly go to Menu –> Proposal Submission –> Form Submission –> Select scheme and start filling the form online.
* The researchers are required to apply online through the portal between 60-90 days in advance prior to the start date of the event. The system will not accept early or late submission of applications.
* Application submitted through any other mode will not be considered.


International Travel Support (ITS) – This Scheme opened throughout the Year

Contact Person:


The contact details of Programme Officers are given below:

Dr. Rajwant, Scientist ‘E’
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor,
Vasant Square Mall,
Sector-B, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi-110070
Telephone: 40000355 / 011-40000305 / 40000321
Email: ms[dot]its[at]serb[dot]gov[dot]in


For more details please refer Official website


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