BIRAC-Call For Proposal

Special Call for Proposals on Value Addition to Agri-Produce for both Food and Non-food Applications: An Opportunity for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job creation - 14th Batch

Department of Biotechnology invites proposals under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program (BIPP) for development of products and processes to address the needs of Secondary Agriculture, Food Industry and Bio-processing sectors. Main objective of this program is to promote innovative R&D, product innovation, strengthening of existing enterprises and creation of new enterprises for value addition to the primary agriculture produce through innovative processes. The sector is prioritized for its employment generation potential.

Proposals may comprise one or more components for value added products from Agriculture produce for both Food and Non-food applications.

Categories of Agriculture Produce
Cereals & Pulses; milling byproducts, fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, sugarcane byproducts, vegetable oils and byproducts, aromatic & medicinal plants, spices and condiments, animal byproducts, marine products, animal waste, agriculture biomass and agriculture waste etc

A.    Food applications: Diet, Dietary Supplements, nutrients, bakery & confectionary and canning and other food processing industry,  health foods, cooking oil, animal feed, natural pigments, nutraceuticals, sweeteners, flavor etc.

B.   Non-food Applications: Paints & varnish,  perfumes, cosmetics, adhesives, coatings, polymers and resins, detergent, animal feed, paper and fiberboard, alcohol, specialty chemicals, textile, plant growth promoters, medical applications,  analytical purpose, pharma industry.  

Ø  Supports:

•        Large, medium, small scale companies; start-ups on cost sharing basis

•        High risk, discovery linked 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.
7.      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 31st March, 2011.

Company User Registration is open round the clock.
Online Proposal Submission would begin from 1st March, 2011.
No Hard Copy to be submitted, Proposals submitted online only would be considered.

Last date for Submission of Proposals: 31st March, 2011

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; E-mail:;
Detailed guidelines for the scheme

including eligible project categories to be supported are available at ;

Announcement Date: 01-03-2011
Last Submission Date: 31-03-2011 12:00 AM

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