To encourage research among faculty from colleges affiliated to the Mumbai University, the university has granted Rs90 lakh to teachers across streams for research projects this year.
Individual teachers across colleges undertake these minor research projects.
The highest amount sanctioned for any project is Rs50,000. Last year, Rs50 lakh was sanctioned for minor research projects.
Grants have been given to 326 researchers across more than 100 colleges in the Mumbai University jurisdiction that includes Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.
"The university is keen on promoting research and has almost doubled the amount sanctioned for minor research projects this year," said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development.
"If we see that more faculty members are interested in doing projects and more funds are required, we will increase the amount to meet the demand," added Hande.
Research grants were given to faculty members from arts, science, commerce, pharmacy and engineering colleges.
Some of the more popular research projects are in subjects such as economics, education, commerce, physics and chemistry.
Teachers will be sent their approvals during the week and the money will be made available by the end of the month.
Faculty proposals go through a selection process where their proposals will be scrutinised by a committee comprising the dean of the faculty and subject experts. Once the proposal is studied, the committee decides how much to grant each project.