16th Call Open
Biotechnology Ignition Grant
Igniting Innovation Spark
The salient purpose of the BIG scheme is to:
- Foster generation of ideas with commercialization potential.
- Facilitate transformation of an idea into a proof of concept.
- Encourage entrepreneurship by researchers and faculty.
- Stimulate enterprise formation.
As a BIG partner, we manage hand-hold, monitor and provide guidance to BIG grantees including connecting them to investors and technical experts. Although KIIT-TBI joined as BIG partner from 4th Call, we are witnessing a steady rise in BIG applicants from start ups and entrepreneurial individuals. Until now, 38 innovative projects have been funded under BIG Scheme, spanning all areas of life science and med tech. Many of our BIG grantees have also successfully established their own commercial ventures.
BIG grant looks for innovators who have novel cutting edge ideas that are market-driven and have societal impact and have a desire to establish their own biotech start-up.
- Individuals (Students, Academicians, Scientists, Clinicians, Researchers) can apply as project leaders or as team. Masters, medical, or doctorate degrees are preferred but not required. Project Leaders with a BSc degree with at least 1 year of full-time work or research experience shall also be eligible.
- Biotech start ups (including medtech) that are less than 3 years old from the time of the call for proposals is announced
The selection process is four tired. First round is eligibility check, second round is blind peer review process followed by two rounds of presentation/interview.
First round is eligibility check of the applicant by the chosen BIG Partner. Second round is the blind peer review process where the eligible proposals are reviewed by three subject experts related to the proposed area of work (blind peer review process). If two out of three reviewers recommend a proposal, then the PI (Project investigator/leader) is asked to give a short presentation/interview in front of the Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) at your chosen BIG Partner. The selected applicants by the TEP committee have to give a final presentation at BIRAC, New Delhi in front of the Expert Selection Committee (ESC). The selected applicants by the ESC are finally awarded the BIG Grant. Please note that the BIRAC is solely responsible for the selection/rejection of any application.
The call for proposals opens twice each year, 1st January to 15th February and 1st July to 16th August of every year.
How to Apply
To apply for the BIG Grant, please:
- Fill out all online application forms completely.
- Upload necessary documents (see details below)
- A No Objection Certificate, if you are formally employed, from the head of the organization stating that the host institute has no conflict on carrying out the proposed work under BIG Grant in Incubator, if selected (for further details refer to section no 5 “Eligibility criteria” of BIG Guidelines). If you choose KIIT-TBI as your BIG Partner, we will issue you the template of the NOC which you need to upload the duly filled in NOC while submitting the proposal online against the "Any other information relevant to the project" section
- Letter of Intent (LOI) from your preferred incubator of having initiated discussions on subscribing to incubation services (please refer to section 5.1.3 “Eligibility criteria” of BIG Guidelines). If you wish to choose KIIT-TBI as your preferred incubator, kindly email us about your project proposal title so that we can send you the LoI on our official letterhead, which you can upload it online against the section *MOU/Agreement with the Incubator".
- Submit your application once all materials have been uploaded and you have verified that the information is correct.
To get started, please go to
To apply for the BIG Grant, please: Go to the BIRAC website: www.birac.nic.in. Please register on the BIRAC website under "BIG User" as an Individual applicant/company applicant. If you wish to apply as a Company then generally it takes around one working day for the inclusion of your company in the BIRAC database. However, once your company is registered you can start filling the application form. It is not necessary to complete your application in one sitting; you can save your work and return at a later time. Submit your application once all materials have been uploaded and you have verified that the information is correct.
Online Application Forms
The following information is required on the online application forms:
- Name, address, designation, phone number, email address, and any other information requested during registration.
- Details on project proposal summary. The template of the application form can be found here.
The application process requires you to upload all of the following materials:
- Resume or curriculum vitae of project coordinator, team members and scientific advisor, if any.
- Scanned copy of the Passport of the Project coordinator.
- No Objection Certificate, if applicable.
- Letter of Intent from the incubator.
- Concept note explaining the technology with necessary figures and diagrams, not mandatory.
Important: Applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible without waiting for the deadline to avoid any last-minute glitch.
BIG grant will be awarded to the person/team(s) or any start up company who submits the innovative commercial potential idea, technology, or solution in the following areas of biotechnology.
- Drugs and Vaccines
- Healthcare: Device and Diagnostics
- Industrial Biotechnology
- Waste Management
- Veterinary/Dairy/Animal Biotechnology
- Internet of Things, IoT Sensors, BIG Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Robotics and related disciplines in transforming healthcare, agriculture and other bio-based industry/markets in general
|S.No.||Call||Name of the Applicant||Title of the project|
|1||Call 12||Dr. Abikshyeet Panda||Development of Noble Electromagnetic wave based rapid tissue fixation and processing device|
|2||Call 12||Dr. Ashoke Sharon||Cross-linked protein matrix hydrogel CPMH as topical formulation for skin regeneration|
|3||Call 12||Dr. Aswati Nair||Development of Endophyte-based biopesticides for pre and post harvest soft-rot disease management|
|4||Call 12||Biomac Life Sciences Pvt Ltd||Development and validation of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells for the treatment of patients with recurrent or relapsed B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia|
|5||Call 12||Comofi Medtech Pvt Ltd||An augmented reality based robotic device to access kidney for PCNL surgery|
|6||Call 12||Ekistics Solutions Pvt Ltd||Autologous Reconstruction of Aortic Valve (AuRA)|
|7||Call 12||Nishat Passricha||Multilegume rhizobial biofertilizer for profitable pulse farming|
|8||Call 12||Purplas IT Services Pvt Ltd||Real-time object recognition in ultrasound video for detection and censoring of foetal genitals|
|9||Call 12||Sabir Hossain||Development of a commercially viable and easily applicable first acting haemostatic agent-A First Aid Essential|
|10||Call 12||Tvasta Bioscience Pvt Ltd||Customized manufacturing of Affordable implants using PEEK 3D Printing|
|11||Call 13||A Soumya Rao||Point-of-care rapid nutrients testing and soil health analyser OR Soil-Pen|
|12||Call 13||Arrelic Reliability Pvt Ltd||Krsika: An Intelligent, cost effective predictive soil management system through IOT sensors and AI/ML based Analytics platform|
|13||Call 13||Dr. Adnan Naim||Cryopreservation of Chicken (Kadaknath And Aseel)Primordial Germ Cells (PGCs) for commercial poultry breeding line development|
|14||Call 13||B Vaseeharan||Development of marine polysaccharides mediated nanoproducts for shrimp disease management|
|15||Call 13||Dr. Devjani Ghosh Shrestha||Patient stratification for transoral robotic surgery in Oropharyngeal Cancers through development of a Non-Invasive HPV detection Panel|
|16||Call 13||Dr. Lora Mishra||Development of Novel Endodontic File viewing Box/Apparatus|
|17||Call 13||Dr. Rethi Madathi||Bio-inspired small molecule mimetics of host defence peptide to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections ABSSSI|
|18||Call 13||Dr. G. ShyamSunder Reddy||Enzymatic Production of High-Pure Xylooligosaccharides as aBiffidogenic Nutraceutical from Bagasse|
|19||Call 13||Dr. Vidya K.C.||Development of TiO2 Nano-particle impregnated surgical silk suture-A novel approach|
|20||Call 13||EzeRx Health Tech Pvt Ltd||Non-Invasive non-conduct robust portable hand-held device for accurate measurement of Haemoglobin concentration|
|21||Call 13||KRIMMI Biotech LLP||A novel eco-friendly process to induce the silkworm to produce naturally colored silk fibre of desired choice with increased yield|
|22||Call 13||Neukelp Innovation Technology Pvt Ltd||Neukelp Posture|
|23||Call 13||KAS Institute of Research Pvt Ltd||Development of QPCR product components for detection of DNA impurity in biologics drug production and for clinical diagnostics application|
|24||Call 14||Balasore Agro Pvt Ltd||Innovated multi-crop seed drill for sowing of groundnut, maize, black/green grams, soyabean, etc. during the cultivation for small and marginal farmer|
|25||Call 14||iHeal Innovations Pvt Ltd||Electrically Active anti-microbial bandage for wound healing|
|26||Call 14||Inochi Care Pvt Ltd||A frugal multi therapeutic wound care solution for resource constraints healthcare settings|
|27||Call 14||Bijayananda Panigrahi||A novel, cost-effective material with enhanced activity and thermostability: a new generation protease inhibitor for biotech industry|
|28||Call 14||Shashank Ranebennur Nagaraj||Accurate Point-of-care quantification of serum creatine kinase, Human Serum Albumin and KLIM-1 for easy and rapid diagnosis of acute kidney injury|
|29||Call 14||Sruthi babu||A smart locomotory device with novel defecation assistance|
|30||Call 14||Dr. Venkatesh Chelvam||Indigenous Targeted radiopharmaceuticals for detection and therapy of prostate malignancy|
|31||Call 14||Ashok Somasundaram||Low cost boner densitometer using back illumination camera array|
|32||Call 14||Dr. Steward Gracian||Assistive Oral Care device for long term bed ridden elderly|
|33||Call 13||Raghu Burli N.||Management of Crop Diseases via Drone Assisted Detection of Pheromones and Kairomones in a Cotton Farming Land|
|34||Call 13||ALICORN MEDICAL PRIVATE LIMITED||PrisTINE: A Technology for fabricating wound healing matrices from mammalian tissues for rapid wound healing|
|35||Call 13||Chimera Translational Research Fraternity Pvt Ltd||Development of solid phase multiplex assay for the identification of antibodies against most frequent and unique Indian HLA Antigen|
|36||Call 13||Dr. Swagatika Panda||Aerosolized Toluidine Blue Sprayer (TOLCAN) for early diagnosis of potential malignant and malignant oral disorders|
|37||Call 11||Barla Sensar Technologies Pvt Ltd||Milk Analyzer: Paper-chip based technology to test for Fat, SNF, Common Adulterants, Somatic cells and bacterial load in milk|
|38||Call 10||Ameliorate Biotech Pvt Ltd||Development of Innovative cloning strategy and process for Ranibizumab production in antibiotic free media for high yield, better purity and cost effective.|
|39||Call 10||OHS Biotech Pvt Ltd||RapCHIK: An affordable antigen based diagnostic kit for early detection of acute Chikungunya virus infection|
|40||Call 10||Dr. Suryasnata Rath||Nasolacrimal Recanalizer: Novel Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Chronic Dacryocysititis|
|41||Call 10||Dr. Shaon Ray Chaudhuri||Microbial consortium based biofertilizer for increased Ramie Fiber yield|
|42||Call 10||Mahammad Gulebahar Sheikh||Value added products from Agricultural waste (microcrystalline cellulose and silica from rice husk)|
|43||Call 11||Smartify Health Pvt Ltd||Smart IV, a biomedical device for efficient surveillance of impatients on IV line|
|44||Call 11||Raman Prakesh||Venoms derived drugs for multi drug resistant-tuberculosis|
|45||Call 11||Rmmedi Innovations Pvt Ltd||Commercial Production of low cost negative pressure wound therapy device|
|46||Call 11||Dr. Smruti Rekha Priyadarshini||TiMis (Tissue Fluid microbiology screening tool)-A novel screening tool for rapid detection of ocular pathogens|
|47||Call 11||Microbloom Tech Pvt Ltd||Extraction of microalgae extracts for human and animal nutrition application|
|48||Call 4||SkinCurate Research Pvt Ltd||Multispectral optical imaging and computing technologies for real time in-situ functional characterization and monitoring of cutaneous wound healing progression|
|49||Call 4||Dr. Shrikant Mishra||RECOMBINANT ENABLING MDR PLATFORM|
|50||Call 11||Bonayu Lifesciences Pvt Ltd||Novel drug eluting Bio-film platform for oral and tropical delivery with extensive applications for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care industries|
|51||Call 5||Dr. Luna Goswami||Development of De-metalizer Kit from Biopolymers for Efficient Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Contaminated Water Especially of the Mining Areas|
|52||Call 5||Shri Sureshkumar Singh Sorokhaibam||Development of food colourants and textile dyes from natural pigments of microbial origin|
|53||Call 4||Viravecs Labs LLP||Development of a novel technology for generation of stable transgenic systems with no off-target effects.|
|54||Call 5||Dr. Biswadeep Das||Multiplexed bead based suspension array for dengue serotyping.|
|55||Call 10||Vidcare Innovation Pvt Ltd||An integrated immunoassay device for community screening|
|56||Call 5||Dr. Raghabendra Samantray||Optically tuneable nanobio-sensor for detecting the efficacy of mosquitocidal repellants|
|57||Call 5||Miss Chaitali Vibhakar Surve||Design and evaluation of novel formulations of some anti- cancer drugs for metronomic chemotherapy|
|58||Call 6||Dr. Aparna Rao||Tear Dipstick immunoassay for diagnosis of adult primary glaucoma|
|59||Call 6||CyCa OncoSolutions||Development of a molecular needle as a novel platform for delivery of anticancer drugs|
|60||Call 6||Lattice Innovations Pvt Ltd||Networked Critical Care Monitoring in Low Resource Settings|
|61||Call 6||Priti Sundar Mohanty||Point-of-Care Diagnostic Kit for Diarrheal Bacterial Pathogens|
|62||Call 6||Surajit Bhattacharjee||Detection and diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection through development of a rapid and sensitive non-invasive agglutination method.|
|63||Call 7||Avinash Sonawane||Development and evaluation of therapeutic efficacy of novel Escherichia coli asparaginase for the treatment of childhood acute lymphatic leukemia|
|64||Call 7||Trans Integra Healthcare Pvt Ltd||Development and Validation of a Low-Cost Micro device for Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease|
|65||Call 7||SynThera Biomedical Private Limited||Dental alloplasts made from bioactive phosphate glasses|
|66||Call 7||Embryyo Technologies Private Limited||Design, prototyping and testing of novel, self-expandable, axially flexible non-vascular stents at one-tenth the cost of similar products|
|67||Call 7||Visargha Agri Sciences Private Limited||Development of a Genetic Transformation Kit for Plants|
|68||Call 8||Adit Bioscience Private Limited||Affordable sexed semen technology for successful dairy farming|
|69||Call 8||DEE DEE Labs Private Limited||To demonstrate POC for a Non-invasive Myoelectric arm with SEMG sensors and Machine Learning algorithms|
|70||Call 8||Smrita Pradhan||Development of Economically Viable Products for Microbial & Mammalian Cell culture, Animal Nutrition etc., by Recovering Silk-Sericin from the Industrial Effluents by Implementing Novel Strategies for Degumming and Recovery|
|71||Call 9||BIOLUCENS INNOVATIONS PVT LTD||Process Development for the Production of UV-protective, Antioxidative and Antimicrobial Pigments from Bacterial Source Using Dairy Waste|
|72||Call 9||Dr. Debasis Biswas||Developing improved diagnostics for Dengue, based on NASBA assay of non-invasive clinical samples|
|73||Call 9||Rahul Chatterjee||Development of novel enzyme based processing aid for the reduction of acrylamide in different thermally processed food products|
|74||Call 9||Makk Curatives OPC Private Limited||Biodegradable & Medicated Root Canal Scaffolds- A Potential Breakthrough in Regenerative Endodontic Procedures|
|75||Call 9||Lorven Biologics Pvt Ltd||Management of Indian snake bites by developing a IgY based LFA-SVDK for cost effective onsite application|
|76||Call 14||Primary Healthtech Pvt Ltd||Nanotechnology based affordable, portable and easy to use multi diagnostic point-of-care device for Kidney, Liver, Pancreas, and Thyroid disorders|
|77||Call 14||Utopia Nutraceuticals India Pvt Ltd||A Novel Food Fortification Technology addressing Trace Metal Malnutrition Hidden Hunger|
|78||Call 14||Eishita Healtech Pvt Ltd||THE SAVE APPLIANCE-AN INNOVATIVE DEVICE FOR CORRECTING SKELETAL CLASS III MALOCCLUSION|
|79||Call 14||Phixgen Pvt Ltd||Up-scaling and commercialization of 24-desmethyl rifampicin effective against major first line drug rifampicin resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis|