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Atal Incubation Centre Innovation Challenge 2019

Atal Incubation Centre Innovation Challenge 2019

Atal Incubation Centre Innovation Challenge 2019

About Atal Incubation Centre Innovation Challenge 2019


Clean meat (also called cultured meat or cell-based meat) is animal meat grown by farming cells obtained from the animal directly rather than by raising and slaughtering animals. Clean meat is produced by taking a small sample of animal cells, and replicating them outside of the animal. The resulting product is biologically and nutritionally equivalent to conventionally produced meat, but without the antibiotics, E. coli, salmonella, or animal waste. At its essence, meat is simply a collection of cells—predominantly muscle cells, with fat cells and a handful of other cell types, collectively called the connective tissue, contributing to its structure. All of these cells can be grown in controlled, sterile environments outside of the body of an animal, resulting in a product that replicates the sensory and nutritional profile of meat.


The reasons for investing in the research and development of clean meat are myriad. Conventional animal agriculture poses substantial threats to human health, the environment, and animal welfare. It creates significant public health threats from antibiotic resistance and zoonotic disease epidemics, as well as acute consumer risk in the form of foodborne illness from fecal contamination introduced during slaughter. It is also a leading cause of environmental destruction – including deforestation, ocean dead zones, and water and air pollution – and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire global transportation sector. . Finally, consumers are increasingly concerned about the treatment of farmed animals. Producing meat via large-scale cell culture can significantly alleviate all of these burdens. Public health and animal welfare concerns may be virtually eliminated, as animal rearing, slaughter, and antibiotic use are absent from the process. The resource burden is also likely to be significantly reduced relative to industrial animal meat production. Removing animals from the process also eliminates fecal waste, a leading cause of environmental pollution of both air and water, and associated methane production, a significant contributor to the climate impact of animal agriculture.


Clean meat production will require up to three principal material inputs:


* the original cell line,
* the cell culture medium, and in some cases
* a scaffold.


A cell line must be both stable and immortalized: it must behave consistently and predictably, while also maintaining the capacity to divide, through many generations. The starter cells are added to a bioreactor along with cell culture media, which supplies nutrients to the cells to enable them to reproduce and create the biomass that will eventually be consumed. Scaffolds, which provide a support structure for the cells in order to help create a desirable meat like texture, will be used by some companies for certain types of products, but are not as a rule required in clean meat production.




* Representatives of public and private institutions with minimum educational qualification of Ph.D
* PhD & post-doctoral level students may serve as lead investigator of the project proposal with a brief letter of support signed by the faculty member expressing his/her commitment to serve as advisor & project collaborator.


Additional Information:


All findings, protocols and materials generated through this grant will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) or an equivalent license. For ease of access, all materials and protocols will be deposited into existing databases or collections. A portion of the grant money should be utilized towards Article Processing Charges for Open Access publication, as applicable.

Important Dates and Payment Structure:


Launch of Innovation Challenge: September 15th, 2019
Last date of application: December 15th, 2019
Screening of Applications: December 15th , 2019 – January 15, 2020
Date of Submission of first draft: 3 months after selection of applicants
Total grant amount per project: ₹ 5,00,000

Date of first tranche of 25% will be after acceptance of first drafting by the reviewing committee
Final payment will be done upon acceptance of the paper upon publication


For more details please refer the Official Website


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