Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is the flagship program 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 program 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.

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.

Who Can Apply

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

How to Apply

The call for proposal is announced twice a year:

  1. 1st January – 15th February
  2. 1st July- 15th August

Meet Our BIG Awardees