BIRAC-Call For Proposal

Special Call for Proposals on Industrial Scale-up-20th Batch

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) invites proposals from Indian Companies 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.
Technology innovation in the Indian biotech sector has been growing rapidly and to strengthen it further it is important to support scale-up and demonstration of lab scale indigenous technologies for development of new and improved products or processes.  DBT invites proposals under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program (BIPP) for scale up of various Industrial products and processes, addressing the national needs of biotech sector.

Proposals may focus on novel and innovative industrial processes and products in any of the following areas:
  • New and improved vaccines,
  • Novel Bio-therapeutics/drugs,
  • Novel diagnostics,
Green Technologies
  • Bio based energy and Bio-fuels,
  • Novel enzymes,
  • Novel microbial consortia for phyto/bioremediation,
  • Novel food processing technologies,
  • Value added products from  Forestry, Agriculture and Animal waste,

Proposals with Novel and innovative tools and techniques for improved Bioprocesses and Manufacturing related to any of the above areas could be submitted in the following categories:
(i)                R&D (Category I & II)
(ii)               Validation and Pilot scale Demonstration (Category IIIA/IIIB)
(iii)             Facility for validation and scale up of Innovative Indigenous Products (Category IV)

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 26th 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

Announcement Date: 26-11-2011
Last Submission Date: 26-12-2011 12:00 AM

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