BIRAC-Call For Proposal

Special Call for Proposals on Priority Agriculture Areas and Secondary Agriculture-19th Batch

There is a great scope of technology innovation in the Indian Agri-biotech sector and it is important to identify, create and promote an enabling environment for development and commercialization of agribiotech products. To promote an effective academia-industry interface, DBT invites proposals under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program (BIPP) for development of products and processes to address the national needs of Agri-Biotech sector and Secondary Agriculture.  The emphasis of support would be to nurture the start ups/SMEs and enable their interaction with Public Sector Institutes so that the research lead(s) developed can be translated to product development.
Proposals may comprise one or more special elements in the areas of focus as given below but not limited to:
I.         Priority Areas  for Agriculture
1.      Strengthening pre-breeding programmes
2.      Heterosis breeding for major crops
3.      Use of molecular markers to tag genes of interest.
4.      Accelerated breeding in crops through Marker Assisted Selection.
5.      Incorporation of resistance against biotic (preferably insect, pest and disease) and abiotic (preferably drought and salinity) in crop plants.
6.      Biofortification of Crops.
7.      Use of RNAi based gene silencing and cytoplasmic male sterility techniques to raise transgenic crops.

Priority crops/target traits:
Ø  Orphan crops like millets, legumes and tuber crops cultivated in dry farming and fragile environment. 
Ø  Rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, pigeon pea, chickpea, moong bean, groundnut, mustard, and other Horticulture and vegetable crops etc.
Ø  Biotic Stress (preferably insect, pest and disease) and Abiotic Stress (preferably drought and salinity)
Ø  Yield increase, enhanced quality and shelf life, engineering male sterility and development of apomixes.

II.      Secondary Agriculture

Value added products from agriculture produce for both food and non-food applications under the following categories:

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, agriculture and forestry waste etc

Proposals could be submitted for the following:
(i)                R&D (Category I & II)
(ii)               Validation and scale-up (Category IIIB)
(iii)             Facility for validation and scale up of Innovative/Indigenous process and product development (Category IV)

Ø  BIPP supports:

•        Large, medium, small scale companies as well as 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

Ø  Support is also available for infrastructure/ facility set up
•        In cases where such a facility leads to R&D capacity building or is required for scale up of an innovative product/process of national importance developed through company’s in-house R&D
•        Facility proposed could be in the area of agriculture, healthcare, biosimilars, industrial processes, energy, bioinformatics, genomics and other relevant areas in biotechnology.
Ø  Varying models of grants, loans or grant + loan available.

A single or consortia of Indian 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 26th December, 2011 (midnight).

Company User Registration is open round the clock.
Online Proposal Submission opens on 25th November, 2011.
No Hard Copy to be submitted. Proposals submitted online only would be considered.

Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) is the BIPP Management Agency (BMA)

and will ensure maintenance of strict confidentiality of the proposals as per DBT norms.

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


Details of the scheme including eligible categories for proposal submission; models to be supported for infrastructure projects; mechanism of evaluation; guidelines for percentage support as grant and loan; agreement templates; projects being supported etc.

are available at
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Announcement Date: 25-11-2011
Last Submission Date: 26-12-2011 12:00 AM

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