BIRAC-Call For Proposal

Special Call for Proposals on Antivirals - 12th Batch

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invites proposals from Indian Companies working on Antivirals under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP), a Government partnership with industry for support on a cost sharing basis for development of novel and high risk futuristic technologies mainly for viability gap funding and enhancing existing R&D capacities.

For the first time under BIPP, proposals are invited exclusively in the field of Antivirals. Antivirals could be plant/animal derived or chemically synthesized. The focus of antiviral research should be on developing compounds which inhibit the replication of the virus at a specific step in its life cycle. Listed below are some viruses causing human diseases prevalent in India and may be focused upon while writing the proposal:

    • HIV
    • Dengue virus
    • Japanese Encephalitis
    • Influenza
    • Polio
    • Rabies
    • Chikungunya
    • Yellow fever virus
    • Herpes simplex virus
    • Hepatitis A virus
    • Hepatitis B virus
    • Hepatitis C virus
    • Hepatitis E virus
    • Any other virus which could be of importance in Indian context
A few possible rationale approaches which could be followed for designing antiviral compounds are mentioned below:
1.     Designing new antiviral compounds directed at specific steps in the replication cycle of particular viruses.

2.     Antivirals acting against multiple targets; modification of existing antiviral compounds: Analogues to an existing antiviral compound to obtain a compound with one or more desired characteristics. e. g. lesser side effects, more potent antiviral effects against a virus of the same family, less likelihood of developing resistance etc.

  • Supports
       - Large, medium, small scale industry, start ups on cost sharing basis
       - High risk, discoverylinked innovation
       - Accelerated technology development
       - Evaluation and validation of biotech products
       - Indigenous discovery, innovation and technology to products
       - Products of national relevance or public benefit
  • Varying models of grants, loans or grant + loan available.
    A single or consortia of Indian “for profit” company (ies) - Small, Medium or Large having DSIR* recognized in-house R&D unit(s).  An Indian Company is defined as one which is registered under “The Indian Companies Act, 1956” and in which 51% (or more) of the ownership is held by Indian citizens (including NRIs).

    The proposals can be submitted:

    •        by an Indian Company alone; or

    •        by an Indian Company along public sector R&D institution(s), organization(s), laboratory (ies), university (ies) etc.; or

    •        by a consortium of Indian Companies; or

    •        by a consortium of Indian Companies along with public sector R&D institution(s), organization(s), laboratory (ies), university (ies) etc.

    (*Companies in the process of obtaining DSIR recognition may also apply along with the proof of application to DSIR. However, the final decision on such applications would be subject to their getting DSIR recognition)

    Proposals are required to be submitted online only. To submit a proposal online, please follow the following steps:

    1. Log on the BIRAP website (
    2. If you are a registered user, log-on using the credentials, else you need to register your company with by clicking on New User Registration.
    3. In case of new user registration, a computer generated password would be sent to the email-id provided at the time of registration. The password can be changed later.
    4. Once you login, you would be navigated to the page displaying BIPP link.
    5. Click on the BIPP link under Programmes and the active call would be highlighted.
    6. Click on the new call and proceed towards proposal submission.
    Further details on How to submit a proposal would be available in the BIPP User Guide available on the website.
    The proposals should be submitted on or before 22nd December, 2010 (midnight).

    Company User Registration is open round the clock.

    Online Proposal Submission would begin from 23rd November, 2010. No Hard Copy to be submitted, Proposals submitted online only would be considered.

    Last date for Submission of Proposals: 22nd December, 2010

    For further details, please contact:

    Dr. Renu Swarup,
    Advisor Incharge-BIPP, Department of Biotechnology,
    Block No: 2, 7th Floor, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003, India;

    **For Any queries related to  Online submission of proposals under BIPP, please write to

    Detailed guidelines for the scheme including eligible project categories to be supported are available at ;

    Announcement Date: 23-11-2010
    Last Submission Date: 22-12-2010 12:00 AM

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