BIRAC announces Call for Proposals in the area of Synthetic Biology


Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Section 8, Schedule B, Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs.  BIRAC is a industry-academia interface and implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and handholding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive.

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking, of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, has been set up to nurture the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem, support Start-ups and SME’s for innovation research and promote affordable product development through public-private partnership.

• Pathway engineering/genome engineering in microorganisms and algae for:
• Fine chemicals
• Speciality chemicals
• Polymers
• Biolubricants
• Hydrocarbons
• Improved enzyme systems
• Development of synthetic genetic parts and synthetic circuits

a. The proposals can be submitted by:
i. Company (Small, Medium or Large) incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 having a minimum of 51% of the shares of the Company to be held by Indian Citizens (Indian passport holders).
ii. Limited liability Partnership (LLP) incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 having a minimum half of the persons who have subscribed their names to the LLP document as its Partners should be Indian citizens
iii. Academia (Public or Private Research Institute, University) having a well-established support system for research. The institute should have been established in India and have NAAC/ UGC/ AICTE or any equivalent recognition certificate or any other Public/Government supported organization
1. Academia, with or without enabling industry partners, will be considered as primary applicant as per the conditions mentioned in the next section. The objective is to enable early stage research/product development efforts for further translation.
iv. Start-up company
v. Non-academic Individuals (NAI)
vi. By any of the above entities (a-d) jointly or severally.

a. Category I : Development of proof of concept (project to reach TRL - 3 at the end)
i. Funding Support: Grant‐in‐aid assistance up to Rs. 50 lakhs
ii. Eligibility: This category is open to:
1. Start-up company (the incorporation date of the Company should not be earlier than 3 years from the date of launch of the call)
2. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
3. Indian Academic institutes/universities with or without industry partner
4. Non-academic Individuals (NAI are defined as other than scientists working in academic institutes/universities (applicant has to be physically incubated in an incubator))
iii. Duration : up to 18 months

Note : Feasibility of the technology for further validation should be demonstrated

b. Category II : Early Transition /Validation of existing R & D hypothesis in simulated environment (project to reach TRL-6 at the end)
i. Funding Support: Grant‐in‐aid assistance on a cost sharing basis up to Rs. 100 lakhs
ii. Eligibility: This category is open to:
1. Company entity/LLP as the primary applicant with or without Academia or other companies as collaborators
iii. Duration : up to 24 months

Note: Robustness of the engineered organism should be demonstrated by producing commercially viable amounts of the product

Category III: Scale up of technology to be demonstrated in operational environmental conditions (Project to reach TRL 7 and above)

Proposals are required to be submitted online only.

Last date for proposal submission: 30th June 2018

For further details, please contact:
GM & Head – Technical;
Senior Manager – Technical

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