BIRAC-Call For Proposal

BIRAC Invites Application for Social Innovators SPARSH Fellows for Social Innovation Immersion 15 Aug, 2021 - 30 Sept, 2021

The call is open for position of “SPARSH Social Innovator (SPARSH Fellows)” at 14 Sparsh centres across India for Social Innovation Immersion.

SPARSH is the social innovation program of BIRAC aimed towards finding innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems through biotechnological interventions.

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SIIP (Social Innovation Immersion Program), a component of SPARSH scheme, is BIRAC’s social Innovation fellowship/award program aimed at creating a pool of biotech “Social Innovators” who could identify the needs & gaps within communities and then can help bridge the gaps either through an innovative product development or services. The Program is implemented through SPARSH Centres.

The immersion program is a unique social Innovation platform which provides opportunity for clinical and rural immersion and also funding support for developing the prototype through mini kick start grant apart from the monthly fellowship to young social Innovators.

SPARSH Social Innovators/SPARSH Fellows

BIRAC Social Innovators will be selected through National level application and shortlisting process in collaboration with SPARSH Centres and SPARSH knowledge partners.

Selected Fellows would be designated as ‘SPARSH Social Innovators/ SPARSH Fellows’ who would receive a fellowship from BIRAC (amounting to INR 50,000/month for 18 months) and a onetime mini-kick start grant of INR 5 lakhs per fellow which will be provided during the course of the fellowship.

The SPARSH Fellowship requires the Innovators to work fulltime and cannot be combined with fellowships from other funding organizations.

The Fellows will be stationed at one of the SPARSH Centre who would provide all the requisite support to the Social Innovators in following thematic areas:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Ageing and Health
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Waste to Value
  • Combating environmental pollution
  • Agri-Tech


Highlights of the Fellowship/Award

  • Fully funded fellowship with monthly stipend of Rs 50,000 pm
  • Rs 5 Lakhs mini kick start grant
  • Clinical/ Rural Immersion
  • Access to BIRAC network of Mentors and Investors
  • Mentoring by SPARSH Knowledge partner and 14 SPARSH Centres
  • Opportunities to seek funding on completion


  • The Social Innovation fellowship is a prestigious award which will be provided to only Indian Citizen
  • Indian undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD below 35 years from fields of life sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, medicine & human biology are eligible to apply.


The fellowship is for a duration of 18 months and cannot be extended further.

For submitting application please log in to BIRAC website

Last date for submitting applications: 30th September 2021

For further queries please contact

Sonia Gandhi

Chief Manager, Investments

E- mail :

Announcement Date: 15-08-2021
Last Submission Date: 30-09-2021

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