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Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council-Announces 7th call for Proposals Contract Research Scheme (CRS) 2015




Announces 7th Call For Proposals Contract Research Scheme (CRS) Academia For Translational Research (1st February to 17th March, 2015)


Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, has been set up as an interface agency, to nurture innovation research and promote affordable product development through public-private partnership


One of BIRAC’s major focuses is enabling public funded research to be commercialized and creating effective linkages between academia and industry. Through the CRS funding, BIRAC extends support to academic institutes across the country to take forward their research leads through validation and translation by industry. Funding is in the form of grant which is given to both the academic as well as the industrial partner. Under CRS, the industry performs its role as a ‘validation partner1 and engages on a contractual basis while the IP rights reside solely with the academic partner






Contract Research Scheme supports Academia for engaging the industry in contract research mode under a specific fee structure for taking forward their leads/technologies towards validation and commercialization


The Academia should necessarily have an established lead as evident by scientific data ready for validation


The scheme also supports academia for some specific services such as toxicology studies, gene sequencing studies etc. as a part of validation studies and commercial scale development


Grant-in-aid is provided to the academia for In-House research which forms a part of validation of the Proof of Concept


The IP rights reside with the academia. The industry partner will have first right of refusal for commercial exploitation of the New IP



Who can Apply



Academia has to be the Primary Applicant with one or more partners of which at least One is an industry. The proposers if so required can opt for additional partners from Industry and/or academia



Eligibility criterion for the partner(s)



a. Indian Company (ies),registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956 with at least 51% Indian shareholding and having DSIR* recognised in-house R&D unit


(*Companies in the process of obtaining DSIR recognition can also apply)


b. Public/ Private Universities and Research Institutions having a well-established support system for basic and/or applied research with registration/recognition from a statutory body are eligible



How to Apply



Proposals under CRS are required to be submitted online only. For submission of proposals, Institutions need to register with BIRAC through “Institution User Registration”. Additional information on user registration, and proposal submission is available at BIRAC website at www.birac.nic.in


Exploratory research or fundamental discovery with no PoC is Not Supported


For further details, please contact: Dr. Amita Joshi – Manager Technical, Email: biraccrs.dbt@nic.in


Reference Website:www.birac.nic.in


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