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Advanced Research Translation (ART) Program at BITS BioCyTiH Foundation


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Advanced Research Translation Program at BITS BioCyTiH Foundation

BITS BioCyTiH Foundation (BBF) is a Section 8 company established by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani and funded under NM-ICPS program of DST, Government of India. It is a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) focused on Bio-Cyber Physical Systems (Bio-CPS). BBF’s vision is “To foster research, innovation, skill development and training through mentoring and nurturing startups and entrepreneurs, and industry & academia collaborations to undertake cutting edge research and provide affordable solutions in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, water and environment”. The Foundation is spread across the three campuses of BITS Pilani (Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad).

Advanced Research Translation (ART) Program

About Bio-CPS
Bio-Cyber Physical Systems (Bio-CPS) is an interdisciplinary field that synergistically combines principles from biology, electronics, computer science, and related disciplines to offer transformative solutions. Employing a diverse array of cutting-edge technologies like IoT, ML, AI, AR, Smart Sensors etc.

Advanced Research Translation (ART) program
The BITS BioCyTiH Foundation has introduced the Advanced Research Translation (ART) Program as a component of the Technology development vertical. ART offers crucial support for translational research that revolves around advanced technology and market-ready products. Its primary aim is to expedite the transformation of academic research into viable commercial products and technologies. These translational initiatives may either focus on Bio- CPS or incorporate a strategy to seamlessly integrate a Bio-CPS component into the project for value enhancement. All these efforts are geared towards effectively addressing significant technical and financial challenges within the healthcare, agriculture, and environmental sectors. We invite research groups, scientists, faculty members, industry professionals, and institutions to submit proposals for such translational projects which need crucial follow-up (‘last-mile’) support to achieve high development maturity. Collaborative projects are strongly encouraged and shall be preferred. (Examples : Collaboration between University and BITS faculty scientists, University/R&D establishment & Industry/Startup, Scientist of a national lab & academic faculty, etc.). Preference will be given to collaborations with BITS Faculty/Industry.

Why Should you Apply?
• Get funding support for translatable research work (at/above TRL 5)
• Opportunity to develop a lab prototype into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
• Spin off a viable startup based on your R&D outputs

Application areas supported under ART program :
• Healthcare
• Agriculture
• Environment
• Water
Examples : Biosensors, Precision Agriculture, Water governance, Digital health, IoT, etc.

a) Applicant must hold a regular / tenured position within an organization or an academic institute.
b) The Principal Investigator (PI) should have necessary access to labs (for research, testing, fabrication, etc.) to carry out the proposed translational project.
c) The proposals should meet the following technical criteria at the time of application :
• The technology/product should be at a mature stage, poised for commercialization.
• Demonstrable technology (PoC)
• Feasibility to meet market requirements is a must.
• Obtaining regulatory approvals is desirable.

Funding support
• Funds : Up to INR 50.00 Lakhs
• Duration of support : 12 months (extendable by up to 3 months on merits)
Key outcomes
IP, Technology transfer or deployable technical solution with promise of impact.
Selection Process
The selection process will be competitive. It will be based on the quality of proposal, presentation (online), and necessary due diligence including IP encumbrances.

Proposal submission Guidelines
The proposal should be submitted as a PDF file adhering to the format provided in Annexure
A. Please provide the following documents along with application: < Link for Annexure -A >
a) Proof of regular employment with the institute/organization.
b) Any existing partnership details e.g. MoU, Agreement etc.
c) Additional background information, product technology details, relevant data, along with justifications for meeting/exceeding the eligibility criteria.
d) Mail the password secured proposal and a graphical abstract to - Dhanshree Thulkar, PhD < >
The Password to the proposal should be mailed separately to - Anil Wali : < >

Application deadline : January 8th, 2024, by 10:00 PM IST

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