BIG is flagship programme of BIRAC, which provides the right admixture of fuel and support to young start-ups and entrepreneurial individuals. BIG is the largest early stage biotech funding programme in India. Funding grant of up to INR 5 Million (USD 70,000 approx) to best in class innovative ideas to build and refine idea to proof-of-concept.

In a-IDEA, Bio-NEST we provide incubation space to entrepreneurs and Startups along with shared access to high end infrastructure, specialized and advanced equipment, business mentorship, IP, legal and regulatory guidance, and networking opportunities.

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  • Foster generation of ideas with commercialisation potential

  • Upscale and validate of proof of concept

  • Encourage researchers to take technology closer to market through a start up

  • Stimulate enterprise formation

As part of this scheme, successful BIG Innovators receive up to INR 50 lakh (USD 70,000 approx) for research projects with commercialization potential with duration of up to 18 months. The call for proposal is announced twice a year, i.e. on 1st January and 1st July. Call for proposals typically remains open for about 45 days.

a-IDEA, NAARM a BIG Partner specialized in Agri Start-up Incubationprovides mentoring, monitoring, networking and other business development related activities in the domain of Agriculture and allied sectors.

Focus Areas of a-IDEA

Agriculture and Agritech, Food Technology, Supply/ Value Chain, IoT/sensor based systems, Agriculture/Animal Genomics & Biotechnology, Plant /Animal Breeding, Bio Environmental Engineering, Micro/Macro Molecules, Post-harvest Processes & Value addition, Microbiology, Diagnostics, Veterinary, Fisheries, Forestry, Dairy Technology, Horticulture, Farm machinery, Soil and Irrigation, Bio-Fuels, Bioinformatics and other allied areas related to agriculture and allied sciences.

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