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BIRAC announces 7th call for proposals under SPARSH


SPARSH is the Social Innovation Program of BIRAC aimed at promoting the development of innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems through biotechnological approaches.

By Team ABLE

SPARSH (Social Innovation Program for Products: Affordable and Relevant to Societal Health) is the Social Innovation Program of BIRAC aimed at promoting the development of innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems through biotechnological approaches. 

Since its inception, the program has been investing in high impact ideas and innovations that could address unmet needs and challenges that are neglected. Till date, six calls for proposals have been launched under the program. The first two calls of SPARSH were aligned with UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 i.e., “Reducing child mortality and improving maternal health”. The third and the fourth call for proposals were on “Waste to Value”, and “Ageing and Health”, respectively. 
A dedicated call on “Waste to Value” also reflects the mandate of Swatch Bharat Mission which aims at elimination of open defecation, conversion of unsanitary toilets to pour flush toilets, etc. The Fifth call on “Innovative Diagnostic tools for Soil and Plant Health” was launched on 26th January, 2017 for entrepreneurs and startups in the field of soil and plant health assessment. The theme of the Sixth call was “Waste to Value”. 

The objective of the program is to identify and provide support to cutting edge innovations towards affordable product development that can bring significant social impact and address challenges of inclusive growth; and to provide support in form of impact funding of biotech product innovations (with social goals) that can be scaled. Under the Scheme, funding is provided to support innovations towards affordable product development that can bring significant social impact and address challenges of inclusive growth. 46 projects have so far been supported and 13 products/prototypes/technologies have been developed.

Date of Call For Proposals:The call is open from 2nd October, 2018 and will close on 17th November, 2018 

For further details contact: 
Head-Investment: investment.birac@gov.in or Email: sparsh.birac@nic.in 

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) 1st Floor, MTNL Building, 9, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003 Phone: 011 - 2438 9600. http://www.birac.nic.in.