Entries are now invited for the Birac Innovation Challenge 2020: Solutions for Community Health (SoCH). The BIRAC-SoCH is an Innovation Challenge Award envisioned to offer a unique platform to Start-ups/ Entrepreneurs working in the community health sector. The focus of the Challenge is to facilitate a promising technology idea that can be translated into an efficient technology that addresses the issues of community health in a defined time limit.
BIRAC has intended to launch SoCH Award to facilitate Indian innovators to offer solutions for clean cooking based challenges having national and global relevance.
Theme & Scope of the Challenge
The theme of the 2020 challenge is: Innovative, Efficient, and Affordable Solutions for Clean Cooking in Rural and Community Settings. SoCH is aimed to facilitate Indian innovators by offering recognition and financial support to them towards combating the challenges of community health. Expression of Interests (EoIs) and detailed applications are invited for the above-mentioned theme and the potential applicants will then be shortlisted for Hackathon spanning across one and a half years.
- 10 shortlisted applicants to receive INR 5 lakhs each and incubation/mentorship support for the development of Minimal Viable Prototypes (MVP) in 3 months.
- 5 finalists to receive additional INR 10 lakhs each and incubation/mentorship support for product development, design & fabrication to deliver final products in 3.5 months.
- 2 winners of the theme selected after the 3 months of user acceptance field trials to receive INR 50 lakhs each and continued incubation support (if required) for ensuring effective after sales of the product post the deployment.
- The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
- The primary applicant should be the Project Leader.
- If the applicant is formally employed (or registered as a student) with a non-profit academic or research organization, then the applicant has to produce a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the head of the organization clearly indicating that the organization has policies in place to allow the applicant to accept the award (if successful) as an individual and has policies in place to allow its employees creation of technology products while in service or while in sabbatical leave or while in EOL.
- If the applicant is formally employed with a for-profit company, the applicant has to provide a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the head of the organization clearly indicating that the organization has policies in place to allow the applicant to accept the award (if successful) as an individual and has policies in place to allow its employees creation of technology products while in service or while in sabbatical leave or while in EOL. Alternatively, the applicant needs to apply as a Company.
Company/ Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- The Company or LLP should be registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956/2013, and The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 respectively.
- The incorporation date of the Company/ LLP should not be earlier than 3 years from the date of the launch of SoCH.
- A company is considered as ‘Owned’ by resident Indian citizen if minimum 51% of the capital in it is beneficially owned by resident Indian citizens and/or Indian Companies, which are ultimately owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens
- A Project Leader who meets the eligibility requirements mentioned below must represent the Company/LLP’s application
- The Company/ LLP must have its own in-house R&D facilities that are functional and adequate to execute the project.
- Every proposal must clearly identify a Project Leader who will take responsibility for the technical and managerial aspects of the project execution. The Project Leader must be technically qualified to undertake the project. The Project Leader must have completed basic undergraduate training in natural sciences/engineering/medicine.
- In the event that the proposal is shortlisted for Hackathon in front of the Expert Selection Committee, then the same Project Leader will be required to present the case for support. In the event that the proposal is shortlisted for funding support, then the Project Leader will be required to sign the project agreement.
The evaluation process comprises broadly the following steps:
- As a first step, EoIs will be screened for eligibility and appropriateness under SoCH scheme.
- A detailed application will be invited from the selected EoIs.
- 10 shortlisted applicants for Hackathon will be provided mentorship, incubation support (by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC)), and grant support for 5 lakhs each to work on expert feedback and produce prototypes.
- Detailed technical (lab) and controlled field testing of the products will be done to select the top 5 Finalists/ solutions from the shortlisted ones (could be more, if more appear to be promising).
Call for Submissions
To submit your entries, click here.
Applicants are advised to fill-up and submit their EoIs and detailed applications early without waiting for the last date in order to avoid any last-minute contingencies. Applicants are advised to provide sufficient details in their applications to allow for an informed and fair evaluation/ review. Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials provided as uploads. No changes will be accepted once proposals are submitted. The last date for submission is June 15, 2020.
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