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2nd Call of BIRAC-CEFIPRA-Frech Embassy on Red Biotechnology



Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)


French Embassy in India


Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA)


Jointly invite Second Call for Proposals on


 “Red Biotechnology up to pre-commercialization stage


15th July, 2016


Themes of the Call


  • Molecular diagnostic for prediction of Alzheimer’s and other dementia;


  •   New assisting technologies for mobility of physically challenged (incl. prosthesis and robotics applications)


  • Biomaterials and cell engineering for health applications



BIRAC, a Government of Enterprise, has been set up to promote and nurture affordable innovation research. CEFIPRA is an Indo-French bilateral autonomous body, which aims to promote collaborative research between India and France in cutting edge science and technology fields.


BIRAC and the French Embassy in India, represented by the Science and Technology Service (SST) have partnership program to support Indian and French collaborative projects involving academic actors, biotech start-ups and SMEs for promoting the innovation ecosystem in both the countries. This targeted programme is managed by the CEFIPRA. BIRAC and SST through the CEFIPRA will mobilize support for Indian and French partners respectively.


BIRAC, the SST/French Embassy in India and the CEFIPRA have Joint Interest to support challenge-oriented Programme to support high-quality bilateral research solution-driven projects that i) combine innovative approaches towards new concepts and technological breakthroughs in human health, ii) encourage and enable Indo-French collaboration between public and private research groups, industry, clinicians and end-users in order to improve the competitiveness of both Indian and French biotech industries.


The proposals must be innovative and market-driven towards the development or substantial improvement of new products, devices, drugs, processes, etc. for human health.



WHO CAN APPLY: Joint applications are invited. The proposals must involve at least two French partners (one academia and one industry) and two Indian partners (one academia and one industry), and should clearly show the added value of the bilateral collaboration. The proposals must be written jointly by Indian and French partners. The details eligibility and guidelines is in


HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants can submit a complete proposal in the prescribed as Proposal Submission  to the mail id by 15th July 2016 at midnight (India time). For Further information please contact at CEFIPRA to The Director, CEFIPRA, Email: or at BIRAC to Dr Jyoti Shukla, Email:



For French partners full support will be given to the Academia & 50% support to the Industry Partners (industry have to bring other 50%), with indicative cost limit up to € 50000 for French component of project costs.


For Indian partner full support as grant in aid will be given to both Indian Industry and India academia with an indicative cost limit up to 40 lakhs. Eligibility terms of applicants, co-applicants and collaborators will be as per guidelines available at BIRAC website:


Funds made available by BIRAC and the SST will allow supporting a maximum of 2 projects. Duration of the projects will not exceed 2 years.


Click here to see the Guidelines