Call For Proposals at DBT-BIRAC Under from Academia and Industry

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, India Call For Proposals at DBT-BIRAC from eligible and interested candidates

About- The Government of India has initiated several National Missions in order to achieve individual goals that together ensure the well-being of its citizens. The Missions help to create an enabling environment for sustained growth of various areas. In line with this, BIRAC invites proposals under its schemes i4 (SBIRI and BIPP) and PACE (AIR and CRS) which fall under the scope of various missions announced by Government of India. Call For Proposals at DBT-BIRAC


Research/Job Area-

Under the present call of i4 and PACE schemes, proposals are invited only in areas aligned to Mission Programmes launched by Government of India in following fields:

Healthcare

Energy, Environment and Secondary Agriculture

Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and Aquaculture

What is not supported?

Concepts/exploratory research ideas without proper Proof-of-Principle (AIR and SBIRI) and Proof-of-Concept (CRS and BIPP)

Proposals without preliminary data and potential for product/technology development.

Funding cannot be used to support PhD student research or any other academic research.

The grant is not a research fellowship

Location- India.

Eligibility/Qualification– Academia and Industry

PACE – AIR:

Eligibility Criteria for academia:

For Public or Private Institute, University, NGO, or Research Foundation, proper registration/ accreditation from a government body is mandatory like UGC affiliation certification, AICTE, CSIR /DSIR/SIRO certificate etc.

Eligibility criteria (Technical) for applicants under AIR

  • Applicant must have completed at least one extramural funded project in India (with minimum project duration of 3 years and in the same research activity of the project proposed), project must have been funded by Govt. funding agencies or Industry.

Related Sanction order or funding note to be uploaded as a proof.

  • Applicant must have authored one publication (indexed in Scopus/web of science) as first or lead author, or patents (filed) in the same research area of the project proposed for AIR. Applicant must upload the published paper or filing documents related to IP at the time of submission of application

  • Evidence of proof of principle (POP) and preliminary data, already gathered by the applicant, supporting the proposal is compulsory and must be submitted in the AIR application. Absence of which can result in disqualification of the proposal.

  • A justification on how the project on completion would be CRS ready must be included. Therefore, the proposal should include the strategy for taking forward the outcomes and results towards product development with an industrial partner (CRS scheme guidelines may be referred for further particulars)

  • Proposals involving agriculture should have viable product/technology as an outcome that can be considered for advanced trials by the industry/authorized national agencies.

  • If the AIR proposal has industry participation then the partnering/ collaborating company/ LLP should be more than 5 year after incorporation. Applicants are encouraged to have industry partners in order to demonstrate translational strategy.

  • The final technical objective/milestone of the AIR proposal should reflect technology/result that is near to industry readiness (minimum TRL-3).

PACE-CRS:

  1. Academia* has to be the Primary Applicant with one or more partners of which at least one is a company**

*For Public or Private Institute, University, NGO, or Research Foundation, proper registration/accreditation from a government body is mandatory

**Participating company should be registered under the Indian Companies Act, 2013 with at least 51% Indian shareholding i.e., shares of the Company should be held by Indian Citizens holding Indian passport (Indian citizens do not include Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) holders).

  • The applicant Company should have adequate in-house facility to address the project implementation (which shall be evaluated during the site visit) or incubated with any of the recognized incubation facility.

Eligibility criteria (Technical) for applicants under CRS

  • Evidence of proof of Concept (PoC) i.e., TRL-3 and validation ready data supporting the proposal is compulsory and must be submitted in the CRS application. Absence of which can result in disqualification of the proposal

  • Proposals that have received AIR funding should have the same industrial partner who collaborated for AIR project. Any deviation must be duly justified with clarity on IP governance.

  • The CRS proposal should be accompanied by the Commitment Letter by the industrial partner to exercise the first right for monetizing the product/technology SBIRI and BIPP

Eligibility

  • The proposals can be submitted

  • Solely by a Company* incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 or


Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)** incorporated under the Limited

Liability Partnership Act, 2008 or Joint Ventures either in the form of

Company/ LLP

  • by any of the above entities jointly with other private or public partner(s) (Universities or Institutes)

* Minimum 51% of the shares of the Company should be held by Indian Citizens holding Indian passport (Indian Citizens do not include Person of Indian Origin

(PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) holders)

**Minimum half of the persons who subscribed their names to the LLP document as its Partners should be Indian citizens.

  • The Applicant Company/LLP should either:-

  • Have adequate in-house facility to address the project implementation (which shall be evaluated during the site visit) or

  • Incubated with any of the recognized Incubation Facility


  • For Academic collaborator:

Eligible Academia shall mean an entity which is having proper establishment documents:

For Public or Private Institute, University, NGO, or Research Foundation, proper registration/ accreditation from a government body is mandatory like UGC affiliation certification, AICTE, CSIR /DSIR/SIRO certificate etc.

Ineligibility

  • Applicant who had withdrawn their proposal after approval from Apex committee or whose project was foreclosed due to inadequate funds or any other irregularity would be debarred from submitting fresh proposals for next 3 calls (1 year) unless the withdrawal was due to papers not being ready.

  • Proposals submitted in collaboration with companies defaulting on repayment of loan or are irregular with regard to repayment of instalments to BIRAC would be considered ineligible

Job/Position Description-

Types of projects supported:

  • Proposals submitted in research areas listed above would only be considered under the present call

  • Products/Technologies should have well established Proof of Principle for AIR and Proof of Concept for CRS proposals

  • Projects proposing a process/product innovation should have significant potential impact or commercial potential

  • Developed process should be sustainable from an economic and environmental point of view and should be scalable

  • The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at the end of the project should be:

  • Minimum TRL 3 (Proof of concept established) for AIR

  • upto TRL 6 (Early stage validation) for SBIRI

  • TRL 7 and above (Late stage validation up to pre commercialization) for BIPP & CRS


Duration of Project

  • Up to 24 months for proposal submitted under PACE-AIR.

  • No specific duration has been fixed for PACE-CRS, SBIRI and BIPP schemes

How to Apply-

Proposals shall be submitted online only during an active Call for Proposals

For details related to TRL definitions, schemes and submission of proposals, please log on to http://www.birac.nic.in

Contact

  • GM & Head-Investment

  • Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

  • 1st Floor, MTNL Building,

  • 9, CGO Complex,

  • Lodhi Road, New Delhi –110 003

  • Phone: 011 -24389600

  • e-mail : investment.birac@gov.in

Last Date for Apply– 16 August 2021

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