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Research Proposal: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In case you still are left with clarifying questions about the research proposal formulation and submission after going through FAQs on our website, please contact us at We will try our best to address your queries.



  1. Who all are eligible to submit the research proposal?
    Any individual, located anywhere in the world, and aspiring to do research can submit a research proposal.
  2. Do I need to be a have Ph.D. degree to be eligible to apply?
    No. However, there should be credible evidence of scholarship in your on-going research work.
  3. Do I need to apply online?
    Yes, the application is possible only through online mode. There are separate links provided for (i) Sciences/Interdisciplinary Sciences, Technology and Medicine, and (ii) Social Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Law, and Humanities. Please use the relevant one.
  4. Is there a deadline for submitting the application?
    The call for research proposals at present is open, but as and when a deadline is decided, it will be displayed on the website and in the public domain.
  5. Do I need to send a letter of intent (LOI) before applying?
    No, it is not required at the time of applying.
  6. Can I apply without having research publications to my credit?
    Yes, if you think your proposal has a merit. In such case you can put “Not Applicable” in the relevant field in the application form.
  7. If I don’t have affiliation with any institution at present, can I apply?
    Yes, you can still apply. However, you need to collaborate with at least one faculty member of DU.
  8. Can I submit more than one proposal?
    Yes. You can submit more than one proposal.
  9. Can I submit two proposals for consideration in the same school?
    Yes, you can.
  10. Is there any word number limit for the research proposal?
    Yes, the word limit is mentioned in the online application in different sections. Please check the online application form.
  11. Does the research proposal have a provision for attaching supplementary material?
    Yes. You may attach/upload the material where such a provision exists.


  13. Is it mandatory for applicants to have a research collaborator?
    Yes, it is mandatory for applicants who are outside the University of Delhi (DU) to have at least one collaborator, who is faculty of DU.
  14. Who all can be the collaborator/co-investigator?
    Those who are in academia or industry can be your collaborator/ co-investigator. However, it is desirable that the applicant also explore international collaborations with individuals associated with reputed universities/organizations/industry.
  15. I am a faculty of DU, Do I still need to have a collaborator?
    No. However, it is desirable that you collaborate with someone not necessarily from DU.
  16. How should I explore a possible collaborator?
    Please refer to DU and its constituent faculty/department/institute/centre websites and visit the profile page of the concerned faculty members to get familiar with their research areas and accordingly may contact the faculty directly for possible mentoring/ collaboration. Likewise, you can explore collaborations with the faculty members of other universities or R&D institutes in India or abroad.
  17. What happens if I don’t manage to have a mentor/collaborator from DU?
    You may contact us and let us know the possible collaborators and we will try to assist you, but it will largely depend on the merit/strength of your proposal and acceptance of the potential mentor/collaborator.
  18. What happens if I don’t manage to have a mentor/collaborator from abroad or industry or two collaborators from the University?
    You need to have at least one collaborator and necessarily from DU if you are not a part of DU as mentioned above. However, if you cannot find a collaborator from Industry or Foreign University, in such a case you can write “Not Applicable” in the relevant field while filling the application.
  19. Is it necessary to have a consent of the collaborator/co-investigator before submitting the proposal?
    Yes, you are advised to contact the collaborator/co-investigator in advance and submit the same in consultation with the collaborator.
  20. Is there any limit on maximum number of collaborators?
    The upper limit of collaborators in each category as defined in the application form is two.


  22. What briefly are the expectations from the research proposal in terms of outcome?
    The research proposal must establish an intellectual inquiry that can progress according to the plan outlined and can deliver measurable outcomes like a prototype/patent/product development, offer practical solutions or hitherto unknown insights into real-life problems and their solutions, trigger policy debate on less/unexplored areas or establish incisive inquiry in an unconventional area of knowledge, etc. and preferably result in publication in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals.
  23. Are there any core/priority areas of research at the IoE?
    Yes. Please visit our website and also refer to the relevant school’s website to know more about priority areas.
  24. Can I apply outside the identified core/priority areas?
    Yes. However, you need to convince the expert reviewer/s that your research idea is innovative and deserves to be supported.
  25. Do you support a research project which is part of my on-going work and ready-for-publication research work?
    Yes, if you would like to carry forward the research and publish your on-going unpublished work as a part of the IoE program.
  26. Do I need to provide details of the research methodology in the proposal?
    Yes, you need to follow the instructions given in the application about this.


  28. Do I need to justify the proposed budget?
    Yes, please justify your proposed budget in the relevant section of the form.
  29. Is there space/option to write a justification of budget?
    Yes, and please follow the instructions given in the call for proposals.
  30. What is the limit of support for a research proposal?
    The present scheme supports research in terms of providing contingency, minor equipment, etc. through the IoE facilities and the quantum of the support will depend upon the merit of the proposal. It is further clarified that all assets and manpower shall remain with the IOE.
  31. Does the IoE support academic activities like attending conferences/workshops/ seminars?
    Yes. On case to case basis, necessary support may be provided subject to approval from the committee constituted for the same and availability of funds. However, rules on the expenditure should be complied with to claim reimbursement.
  32. Does the IoE support journal publication charges?
    Yes. However, it may be given only in the case where the work is published in the SCOPUS, Web of Science, etc. refereed and indexed journals subject to approval from the committee constituted for the same and availability of funds.
  33. Is there a restriction on what can be sought under this scheme/budget?
    Yes. Please read the advertisement carefully where it states, “The applicants/researchers are advised not to propose the purchase of laptops, video recording instruments, air conditioners, cameras, furniture, home theatre, mobile phone, television, etc. in their proposals.
  34. Are government regulations with regard to purchase of goods and services applicable in this scheme?
    Yes, General Finance Rules (GFR), 2017 along with other regulations as notified by the competent authority (DU) from time to time will be applicable to procure goods and services under this scheme.
  35. Who will have the final ownership over the research tools/equipment procured for the project?
    The Institute (IOE) will have the final ownership over such tools/equipment and the collaborators may be able to use it in the central research facility/departmental research facility developed under IoE.


  37. How long will it take to review my project proposal?
    Our efforts are focused on scrutinizing the proposals as soon as we can. However, due to a high number of proposals, you may expect 2-3 months time for scrutiny.
  38. What is the procedure for reviewing the research proposals?
    There is a robust and transparent process of screening and reviewing. The Screening Committee members are distinguished scholars across the disciplines from DU and outside DU. Once an application is screened, it is sent for an external review. The IoE follows a blind review process; the name and identity of an applicant will not be revealed to the reviewer.
  39. What if my proposal is rejected?
    Don’t get disappointed. You may submit a revised/new proposal and have faith in yourself.
  40. Can I resubmit the rejected proposal?
    Yes, but only after revising it in terms of its outcomes and merits.


  42. What happens if I don’t manage to provide the reviewers for my project proposal?
    Please try to find out experts working in your proposed field of research. In case you are not be able to do so, please write “Not Applicable” in the relevant field of the application form.
  43. Does the IoE grants institutional affiliation?
    The institute (IoE) reserves the right to consider the request for institutional affiliation only to the successful applicants. However, the decision will be based on the recommendations of respective Schools/Departments/Centres/Institutions of DU. This affiliation, if provided, will not have any monetary obligation on part of DU.
  44. If I have query, can I contact the IoE?
    Please go through the FAQ carefully and if your query is still unanswered you may contact us at
  45. How long will it take to get a response to my query?
    We will try to respond within a week.
  46. What is the maximum duration of the research project?
    Please refer to point 10 of the Application Form.