BIRAC-Call For Proposal

BIRAC Announces 16th Call for Proposals under the Biotechnology Ignition Grant BIG Scheme 1st January -15th February, 2020

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Section 8 ‘Not-for-Profit Company’ of Government of India, has been set up as DBT’s interface agency, to serve as a single window for emerging biotech companies.

The scheme enables technology innovators and entrepreneurs to pursue a promising technology idea, and establish and validate proof of concept  (POC) for the idea.


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  • Supports high level innovation in the Biotech sector and is not meant for basic research projects.
  • Grant-in-aid up-to INR 50 lakhs for a maximum period of 18 months
  • Implementation and Mentoring through BIRAC’s BIG Partners



BIRAC invites proposals from Biotech Start-ups and Individual Entrepreneurs with innovative idea having potential for commercialization. Eligible entities include:

  • Start up age allowed for a registered company/ LLP incorporated under BIG w.e.f 1st Jan 2019: 5 years
  • Scientists, Faculty, Research Scholars, Graduates in any discipline incubating/ intend to incubate at a BioIncubator 
  • Eligibility criteria for startups under BIG has been revised. 


BIG scheme allows only online submission of proposals. For proposal submission please register on BIRAC website under “BIG User”. User registration is open round the clock. For further details on the scheme, eligibility criteria, FAQs and registration log on to

Note: Prior recipients of BIG grant are ineligible


Proposal Submission



1st January, 2020

15th February, 2020 (05:30 PM)


For any queries, please contact:


Announcement Date: 01-01-2020
Last Submission Date: 15-02-2020 05:30 PM

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