BIRAC-Call For Proposal

BIRAC Announces 7th Call for Proposals under CRS Scheme (1st Feb - 17th March, 2015)

Supporting Academia for Translational Research

(1stFebruary to 17thMarch, 2015)


Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, has been set up as an interface agency, to nurture innovation research and promote affordable product development through public-private partnership


One of BIRAC’s major focuses is enabling public funded research to be commercialized and creating effective linkages between academia and industry. Through the CRS funding, BIRAC extends support to academic institutes across the country to take forward their research leads through validation and translation by industry. Funding is in the form of grant which is given to both the academic as well as the industrial partner. Under CRS, the industry performs its role as a ‘validation partner’ and engages on a contractual basis while the IP rights reside solely with the academic partner

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·         Contract Research Scheme supports Academia for engaging the industry in contract research mode under a specific fee structure for taking forward their leads/technologies towards validation and commercialization

·         The Academia should necessarily have an established lead as evident by scientific data ready for validation

·         The scheme also supports academia for some specific services such as toxicology studies, gene sequencing studies etc. as a part of validation studies and commercial scale development

·         Grant- in- Aid is  provided to the academia for In-House research which forms a part of validation of the Proof of Concept

·         The IP rights reside with the academia. The industry partner will have  first right of refusal for  commercial exploitation of the New IP

Exploratory research or fundamental discovery with no PoC is Not Supported

Academia has to be the Primary Applicant with one or more partners of which at least One is an industry. The proposers if so required can opt for additional partners from another Industry and/or academia

Eligibility criterion for the partner(s)


a.      Indian Company (ies), registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956 with at least 51% Indian shareholding and having DSIR* recognised in-house R&D unit.

(*Companies in the process of obtaining DSIR recognition can also apply)


b.      Public/ Private Universities and Research Institutions having a well-established support system for basic and/or applied research  with registration/recognition from a  statutory  body are eligible.


Proposals under CRS are required to be submitted online only. For submission of proposals, Institutions need to register with BIRAC through “Institution User Registration”. Additional information on user registration, and proposal submission are available online at BIRAC website at



For further details, please contact:

Dr Amita Joshi-Manager Technical  


Announcement Date: 01-02-2015
Last Submission Date: 17-03-2015 12:00 AM

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