Social Innovation Immersion Program

An Initiative Under BIRAC's SPARSH Program, Govt of India

Program Overview

The Social Innovation Immersion Program, a flagship program of BIRAC, Govt of India is an intensive 18 months fellowship program designed to cultivate a pipeline of social innovators and change-makers who will identify the unsolved societal challenges and address them through the development of innovative solutions.
KIIT-TBI being the implementing partner of the program handholds these social innovators throughout the entire cycle of their journey and strives to ensure successful translation of their ideas to proof of concept and also provide a pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up these socially relevant solutions
1st Call: Maternal and Child Health

The first call focused on finding and solving challenges associated with Maternal and Child Health, which was a success. The four social innovators hired under the program have raised follow-on funding and have since taken their ideas closer to commercialization.


Program Details

As part of this structured program you will have access to a pool of mentors/domain experts and high-end laboratory and research facilities. The program will take you through a bootcamp and field immersion to ensure that you have the right skills and inputs to come up with high impact solutions.

The program will act as a catalyst to

Identify and Support

Identify and Support

cutting edge innovations towards affordable product development that can bring significant social impact and address challenges of inclusive growth.


Young innovators to establish technology-based startups and provide a pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up socially relevant solutions

Create and Foster

Create and Foster

A pool of social innovators and provide a platform to share best practices, understand intricacies of business models in social innovation and network.

In addition to that, it will provide an exceptional platform to

  • Interact with like-minded start-ups and innovators who are passionate about social change.
  • Enter the pipeline of funding opportunities to scale up your solutions
  • Create your own social start-up
  • Get mentoring guidance from clinicians and subject matter experts to guide you through the entire cycle of innovation.

How to Apply

  • The application for the SIIP fellowship will have to be submitted online through BIRAC portal (
  • In the application form, select KIIT-TBI as your SPARSH Center and complete the rest of the application.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be called for a presentation at KIIT TBI before a Technical Expert Committee for the final selection.


  • Applicant should have a drive towards entrepreneurship but may not necessarily have an idea yet;
  • Have education in areas such as Life Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine & Human Biology with qualification ranging from undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD and under 35 years of age.
Once selected, each SIIP fellows embarks on a tailored made program of 18 months to

Our Fellows

3rd Call: Food & Nutrition

2nd Call: Ageing & Health

1st Call: Maternal & Child Health

For more information get in touch with the Program Manager

Read the F.A.Q

What are the qualifications for selection?
Ideal applicant would be a graduate/post graduate/PhD from Medicine, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Design and other Engineering disciplines with a passion for solving unment clinical needs and preference to work in a multidisciplinary team.