Thursday, March 3, 2011

Call for Proposals on Agri-Produce (Food and Non-food Applications):Department of Biotechnology


An Opportunity for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job creation
(last date - 31st March, 2011)
Department of Biotechnology welcomes proposals under Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program (BIPP) for development of products and processes to address the needs of Secondary Agriculture, Food Industry and Bio-processing sectors. Main objective of this program is to promote innovative R&D, product innovation, strengthening of existing enterprises and creation of new enterprises for value addition to the primary agriculture produce through innovative processes. The sector is prioritized for its employment generation potential.
Proposals may comprise one or more components for value added products from Agriculture produce for both Food and Non-food applications.
Categories of Agriculture Produce
Cereals & Pulses; milling byproducts, fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, sugarcane byproducts, vegetable oils and byproducts, aromatic & medicinal plants, spices and condiments, animal byproducts, marine products, animal waste, agriculture biomass and agriculture waste etc
A. Food applications: Diet, Dietary Supplements, nutrients, bakery & confectionary and canning and other food processing industry, health foods, cooking oil, animal feed, natural pigments, nutraceuticals, sweeteners, flavor etc.
B. Non-food Applications: Paints & varnish, perfumes, cosmetics, adhesives, coatings, polymers and resins, detergent, animal feed, paper and fiberboard, alcohol, specialty chemicals, textile, plant growth promoters, medical applications, analytical purpose, pharma industry.
Key Features of the Programme
• Large, medium, small scale companies; start-ups on cost sharing basis
• High risk, discovery linked innovation
• Accelerated technology development
• Evaluation and validation of biotech products
• Indigenous discovery, innovation and technology to products
• Products of national relevance or public benefit
Varying models of grants, loans or grant + loan available.

Who can apply?
A single or consortia of Indian “for profit” company (ies) - Small, Medium or Large having DSIR* recognized in-house R&D unit(s). An Indian Company is defined as one which is registered under “The Indian Companies Act, 1956” and in which 51% (or more) of the ownership is held by Indian citizens (including NRIs).
The proposals can be submitted:
• by an Indian Company alone; or
• by an Indian Company along public sector R&D institution(s), organization(s), laboratory (ies), university (ies) etc.; or
• by a consortium of Indian Companies; or
• by a consortium of Indian Companies along with public sector R&D institution(s), organization(s), laboratory (ies), university (ies) etc.
(*Companies in the process of obtaining DSIR recognition may also apply along with the proof of application to DSIR. However, the final decision on such applications would be subject to their getting DSIR recognition)

How to Apply?
Proposals are accepted to be submitted online only. To submit a proposal online, please Log on the BIRAP website ( Detailed guidelines are available at: ;

Company User Registration is open round the clock.
Online Proposal Submission is already begin from 01st March, 2011
No Hard Copy to be submitted, Proposals submitted online only would be considered.

Proposals under other categories/areas can also be submitted under the Regular Call for Proposals (13th Batch), announced on 15th February, 2011.

Last date for Submission of Proposals under both the calls remains same, i.e., 31st March, 2011

For further details, please contact:
Dr. Renu Swarup,
Advisor Incharge-BIPP,
Department of Biotechnology, Block No: 2, 7th Floor, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003, India;

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