Biotechnology Ignition Grant​

BIG is the flagship programme of BIRAC, which provides the right admixture of fuel and support to young startups and entrepreneurial individuals. BIG is the largest early stage biotech funding programme in india. Funding grant of upto INR 50 Lakhs (USD 70,000 approx) to best in class innovative ideas to build and refine idea to proof-of-concept.

Dr. Rashmi Chowdhary
An affordable, rapid and smart point-of-care diagnostic device to detect early-stage cervical cancer.
Nuovatek Biosolutions Pvt Ltd
Developing microwell-platform technology for the generation of microtumors with minimum variation in size. The platfrom will be used to grow tumor organoids from patient derived cells to screen chemotherapeutic agents as suggested by the clinician
PhotoSpimedx Pvt Ltd
Smartphone/camera based upgradation of existing fluorescence spectroscopic devices for early cancer diagnosis. Currently focusing on cervical and breast cancer
TechSolver Communication and Innovations Pvt Ltd
Lateral Flow Immunoassay based Point-of-Care Diagnostic Device for Ultrasensitive Colorimetric Detection of Dengue
Dr Deeksha Pandey
DeeScope - a patient-friendly novel integrated system for gynaecological examination

Who can apply

1. Any Indian Innovator: scientists, academicians, research scholars, and postgraduate students.
2. Any Indian startup less than 5 years old.

What can you get

Grant-in-aid support up to INR 50 Lakhs

How to Apply

The call for proposal is announced twice a year:

  • 1st Jan-15th February
  • 1st July- 15th August

The BIG Scheme is currently managed through 8 BIG Partners across the country who works with the Ignition grantees (BIG Innovators) to provide mentoring, monitoring, networking and other business development related activities.

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