Launched in 2012, the Grand Challenges India is a flagship program under partnership of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where both parties agreed to collaborate on scientific and technological research to alleviate some of the world’s most critical global health and development issues, for the benefit of the people of India and other developing countries.
The Program Management Unit at BIRAC (PMU-BIRAC) was set up under this partnership to bring together global funders with national stakeholders to a single platform. PMU-BIRAC is responsible for executing, managing, and providing technical and financial oversight of collaboratively funded projects and initiatives.
This RFP is exclusively India-led and the call is open to Indian academics, research institutions, companies, society, trusts and foundations.
Project cost will be sanctioned to researchers and innovators who are Indian individuals or Indian entities, we also encourage partnerships with researchers of national/international expertise, subject to the call guidelines.
Note: Please read the following carefully to understand the category you will be applying under and the documentation* that may be requested, if your proposal is selected for next stage and further financial due diligence. This call is open to:
In case of the applicant being an Indian academic scientist, researchers and Ph.D students (citizen of India) who must be willing to incubate at a recognized incubator submit a letter of intent for same.
Companies- Companies incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 2013 having a minimum of 51% Indian ownership.
Limited Liability Partnership- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 having a minimum half of the persons who subscribed their names to the LLP document as its Partners should be Indian citizens
Indian institution/ universities/ public research organization
Academic institutions established in India and having NAAC/ UGC/ AICTE or any equivalent recognition certificate or any other Public/Government supported organization
Society/ Trust/ NGO/ Foundation/ Association
Society/ Trust/ NGO/ Foundation/ Association established in India under the relevant Indian Law having at least half of the stakeholders (partners/ trustees/ members/ associates etc.) as Indians.
How to Apply
The entire application process is strictly online through the BIRAC portal and no other mode of submission will be entertained.
Please visit the BIRAC website at www.birac.nic.in and follow the link to the registration and submission portal.
If you are applying to a BIRAC/GCI scheme for the first time, please note that you will have to register on the portal. The verification and activation of your new account may take up to 24 hours before you can start filling the application.
Please take this into account while applying.
The online form needs to be filled completely and incomplete proposals will be rejected in the triage round.
Please also ensure that the Application is filled and submitted as per the format and instructions provided with the application form.
Proposals must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 2:00 P.M. Indian Standard Time, on Friday, 17th August 2018.
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