Biotechnology Ignition Grant

Igniting New Ideas

Applications Closed

About the Scheme

Through BIRAC BIG funding, a grant of up to 50 Lakhs for 18 months is provided to biotech startups and entrepreneurial individuals to propel best in class innovative ideas to a POC-the first major milestone in the product development cycle.

Supported by

Who can Apply

Individual Entrepreneur with Graduate Degree in any discipline, Research Scholar, Scientist, Faculty.
Startup having a registered company/LLP incorporated on/after 1st January, 2016.


50 lakh Grant-in-Aid


18 Months

Focus Sectors​

Innovations under Healthcare, Lifescience, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Drugs, Vaccines, Drug Formulations and Delivery Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Agriculture, Secondary Agriculture, IoT, Waste Management, Sanitation, Clean Energy and related areas.

BIG Application Process


Call Opens

Generate a Letter of Intent (LoI) from us, which is an important document to be uploaded in the online application form.



After receiving the LoI, head to BIRAC Online Portal to complete the application.



Eligible applicants will go through multi-step selection process. 

  • Preliminary Screening Committee 
  • Blind Peer Review
  • Technical Evaluation Panel (Pitching Round)


Final results are declared after the ESC (Expert Selection Committe ) round.

*  We have resources to help navigate your application process: Download Resources

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Support System

  1. Access to laboratories for Prototyping, R&D and Product Development which includes, Fab Lab, Food Testing, Plant Tissue Culture, Animal House, Analytical, Cell Culture, Bioprocess Labs and Sequencing Facility.
  2. Plug & play business office suites.
  3. Conference rooms, meeting rooms with A/V conferencing.
  4. Startup Pack – Array of services through our channel partners.

  1. Linkages with Industry and R&D Labs for technology sourcing and licensing.
  2. Training and support in obtaining funding for pilot sale studies.
  3. Networking with potential Advisors and Mentors.
  4. Identification of Market Opportunities.
  5. Angel Investor/ VC Connect.