Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), provides grants to scholars to conduct research in various fields of social sciences which have a theoretical, conceptual, methodological or policy orientation on the subject of their choice. The research projects may belong to any one of the following social science disciplines  or may be interdisciplinary in nature: the recognized disciplines / category are:


(i) Economics / Commerce / Management / Business Administration; (ii) Sociology and Social Anthropology / Social Work / Demography / Gender Studies; (iii) Political Science / International Relations / Geography / Public Administration; (iv) Psychology / Education /Criminology; (v) Other-Linguistics / legal Studies / National Security Studies etc.

The scholars  are requested to indicate under which category  /  disciplines their proposals falls.


Duration and Value

Grant-in-aid, under the Research Projects Scheme , is available for the research proposals with a time duration ranging from 3 - 24 months. The budget estimates for these proposals are required to be prepared on the basis of the guidelines given at Annexure I.  

Eligibility for the Grant

Professional social scientists having significant publications to their credit are eligible for this grant. However, some other categories of scholars such as civil servants, journalists, social workers, etc. known for their academic interests and with a record of publications may also apply under the scheme. A research proposal on any theme having significant social science content, is required to be submitted in the prescribed format (Annexure II) by an individual scholar or a team of scholars through his/her employer. 

Retired/Unemployed scholars may submit their proposals directly. Subsequently, they would be required to affiliate themselves to a reputed academic institution or a university. 

This grant-in-aid would normally be available only for scholars below the age of 70 years.

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Procedure for Award

Research project proposals will be  evaluated by a Committee of Experts set up for each social science discipline/ category. The committee will meet twice, first in the month of July to shortlist the applications and second in August to give marking on a ten point scale after interacting with the short listed applicants. The recommendations of the Committee will be placed before the Research Committee for final decision. The Research Committee considers, but is not bound by the judgments of the external assessors. In a few cases, the proposals may also be referred to the Council. All recommendations are normally subject to approval by the Council.

Submission of Proposals

Research proposals will be invited each year, through some national dailies. EPW, University News and the ICSSR Web-site in the month of April  each year. The complete proposals  including the following  documents should reach to the  ICSSR by 15th JUNE.

Self-contained Research Proposal (Five Copies. See Annexure II for Format).

Summary of Research Proposal in 500 Words (Five Copies) See Annexure VI for Format.

Bio-Data (Five Copies. See Annexure III for Format).

Cost Estimation (Five Copies. See  Annexure I for Budget Format and Approved Rates of Project Staff).

Consent Letter from the Affiliating Institute (See Annexure IV for Format).

Profile of the Affiliating Institute for NGO/Societies and other unrecognized Institutes (See Annexure V for Format).

N.B. The research proposals along with  the above documents is to be submitted to  :     The  Director , Research Projects Division,  ICSSR, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, JNU Institutional Area, New Delhi.- 110067



The Project Director will get the project affiliated to a reputed institution/university/college of his/her choice (with the approval of the ICSSR) through which the project money will be released (See Annexure II for preparing Research Proposal).


Release of Grant

The sanctioned grant is normally released to the institute/university in three to six installments, depending upon the duration of the project. The first instalment (which can be up to 40% of the grant) is released after the approval of the Project and  receipt of acceptance by the Project Director, along with a tentative breakup of expenditure for the first phase of the project. Subsequent grants are released on the basis of the receipt of progress reports, including financial statement of the use of the grant. Twenty  per cent of the grant (including 7.5% of the overhead charges payable to the affiliating institute) is withheld and is released only after the submission of the Project Report and Audited Statement of Accounts and their approval by the Council.


Progress Report

The Project Director will submit to the Council, Six Monthly Progress Report of the project along with a certified statement of expenditure actually incurred and an estimate of expenditure for the next quarter/six months in the prescribed form (See Annexure VII ). The release of subsequent instalment is subject to satisfactory progress of the work.


Final Report

The Project Director is required to submit three copies of the Project Report to the Council on completion of the project. The Council may, after scrutiny of the report, request the Project Director to revise the report. The Project Director is also required to submit a Summary of the report in 2000 to 5000 words and policy implications of the study in not more than 1000 words.


Preservation of Data

The affiliating institution shall make suitable arrangements for preservation of data such as filled-in schedules, tabulation sheets, manuscripts, report etc., relating to the project. The Council reserves the right to demand raw data or such part of it as may be specified to be transferred to the Council.


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