NCERT projects take up specific projects in educational research. It also promotes and supports through funding and providing academic support to professionals working in the field. A standing committee of NCERT called Educational Research and Innovations Committee (ERIC) acts as a catalyst to promote and support research in priority areas of school and teacher education. The ERIC members include eminent researchers in education and allied disciplines from universities and research institutions and representatives of SIEs/SCERTs. The Department of Educational Research and Policy Perspectives (DERPP) acts as the Secretariat of ERIC and coordinates other activities for promoting educational research.