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University Innovation Clusters (UIC)

Programme Description & Objectives

In order to nurture a culture of applied research and need-oriented (societal or industry) innovation among researchers and to catch them young, provide professional mentoring and support needed, it is imperative that there be a focus on fostering local ecosystems.

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has developed a focused strategic action plan to foster the culture of innovation and techno-entrepreneurship in Indian Universities, leveraging the University Innovation Cluster (UIC) model.

  Five University Innovation Clusters are as follows:


Anna University, Chennai


Panjab University, Chandigarh


Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore


University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad


University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

 

UICs are acting as the nerve centre to promote the innovation culture at University level.  In addition to facilitating the creation of networks, partnerships between stakeholders to strengthen the innovation ecosystem, UICs provide pre-incubation support to innovative ideas, innovators for effective translation into products.

Categories of Fellows:

  • Post Doc. Fellows: BIRAC Innovation Fellowship @ Rs. 50,000/- p.m. & Innovation Grant of Rs. 5,00,000 p.a.

  • Post Graduate Fellows: BIRAC Innovation Fellowship @ Rs. 30,000/- p.m. & Innovation Grant of Rs. 2,00,000 p.a.

 

Who can apply?

Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Applicants who have completed their Ph.D in any field of science including but not limited to Life Sciences/ Biochemistry/ Microbiology/ Biophysics/ Botany/ Zoology/ Pharmacology/ Biotechnology/ Agricultural Biotechnology or any other related field in biological sciences Students pursuing Ph.D. will not be considered and those selected will not be allowed to register for Ph.D. during the fellowship tenure. All selected fellows must carry out their work full time at UIC

Post-Graduate Fellow:

  • Applicants who have completed their Masters/B.Tech/ B.Pharma/B.E in any field of science including but not limited to Life Sciences/ Biochemistry/ Microbiology/ Biophysics/ Botany/ Zoology/ Pharmacology/ Biotechnology/ Agricultural Biotechnology or any other related field in biological sciences

 

Duration of Fellowship:

  • Fellowship is for a period of 18 months with a provision of 6 months extension only for deserving cases.