Biotechnology Ignition Grant

Ministry of Science & Technology, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

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The Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) is a flagship scheme of BIRAC which recognizes and invests in innovative ideas in the biotech sector. The ideas should have clear potential to translate into commercial products/technologies. BIG supports individual entrepreneurs/start-ups from ideation to Proof of Concept (PoC)

Eligibility Criteria

Please refer page 5 - section 6 of the following link for details:



Under BIG scheme, BIRAC provides grant-in-aid of up to INR50 lakhs (approx. USD 75,000) for a period of 18 months.

BIG Partners and BIRAC provide continuous mentoring support to the grantees, including but not limited to the following:

• Technical Mentoring (Connect with Technical Experts)

• IP Support

• Legal Support

• Networking and Outreach

• Trainings

• Regulatory Advice

• Business Mentoring

• Connect with Investors

• Any other assistance on case basis