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.
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:
Highlights of the Fellowship/Award
The fellowship is for a duration of 18 months and cannot be extended further.
Announcement Date: 15-08-2021
Last Submission Date: 30-09-2021