Biotechnology Ignition Grant

Biotechnology Ignition Grant – BIG 20th CALL

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Section 8 ‘Not-for-Profit Company’ of Government of India, has been set up as DBT’s interface agency, to serve as a single window for emerging biotech companies.

Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is the flagship pioneering startup funding programme of BIRAC, DBT, GoI. With a grant-in-aid of up to INR 50 Lakhs over a period of 18 months, the scheme encourages and supports biotech entrepreneurs to establish and validate proof of concept (POC) for an idea with a commercial potential.

The Purpose Of The Scheme Is To:

  • Foster generation of ideas with commercialisation potential
  • Upscale and validate of proof of concept
  • Encourage researchers to take technology closer to market through a start up
  • Stimulate enterprise formation

Focus Areas

  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • MedTech Devices and Diagnostics
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Drugs, Vaccines, and Drug Delivery
  • Agriculture and allied areas
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Waste Management and Sanitation
  • Clean Energy and Environment

Key Features Of the Call

  • Supports high-level innovation in the Biotech sector and is not meant for basic research projects.
  • Grant-in-aid up to INR 50 lakhs for a maximum period of 18 months
  • Implementation and Mentoring through BIRAC’s BIG Partners

Eligible Entities

Individual Entrepreneur

with Graduate Degree in any discipline, Research Scholar, Scientist, Faculty.


having a PVT company/ LLP incorporated on/ after 1st January 2017

122 ideas already supported.
If you have an innovative idea having potential for commercialization, Apply Now

Benefits with KIIT-TBI BioNEST

  • Business mentoring from industry Networking Opportunities & Market Access
  • Office space & access to state-of-the-art lab facilities
  • Connect with Govt funds, leading Angels & VCs
  • In house IP, Legal, Finance, HR & Tech Transfer Support

Apply from 1st Jan to 15th Feb 2022 (5.30 PM)

Apply for BIG 20th Call with KIIT-TBI


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