What is SBIRI?
Who can apply?
How do we know when to submit the application?
Which are the major areas?
What is the aim of SBIRI?
What is the objective of SBIRI?
What is the Eligibility criteria for industry partner?
What is the funding structure of SBIRI?
What is the role of PMC?
Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) scheme was launched by DBT in September 2005 to boost public-private-partnership effort in the country in the field of biotechnology.
The proposals can be made
- Solely by an industry; or
- Jointly by Industry and National R&D Organizations and Institutions: or
- Collaborative projects of common interest to the concerned sector/area proposed by a group of industries/users, national research organizations etc.
The advertisement about “Call for Proposal” under SBIRI is placed in all the leading newspapers of India and also displayed on the website of DBT i.e. http://www.dbtindia.nic.in
The scheme covers all areas in biotechnology related to health-care, agriculture, industrial processes and environmental biotechnology, bio-medical devices and instruments, and others.
- to strengthen existing private industrial units whose product development is based on in-house innovative R&D,
- to encourage smaller businesses to increase their R&D capabilities and capacity,
- to create opportunities for starting new technology-based or knowledge-based businesses
- to stimulate technological innovation,=
- to use private industries as a source of innovation and thereby fulfill government objectives in fostering R&D, and
- to increase private sector commercialisation derived from Government funded R&D.
- to provide support for early stage, pre-proof-of-concept research in
biotechnology by industry
- to support late stage development and commercialisation of new indigenous technologies particularly those related to societal needs in the healthcare, food and nutrition, agriculture and other sectors
- to nurture and mentor innovative and emerging technologies/entrepreneurs, to assist new enterprises to forge appropriate linkages with academia and government
- The unit should be registered in India and must fulfill the criteria of Small Business Unit. Here a ‘Small Business Unit’ is defined as an enterprise with not more than 500 employees in R&D
- The Company should have well established in-house R&D unit recognized by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) or have patent rights (National or International) in the proposed activity.
- The company’s shares should be held to the extent of 51% by the Indian promoters, family and friends and the general public
- Joint ventures and limited partnerships would be eligible for SBIRI support, provided the entity created meets the above requirements.
The SBIRI scheme will operate in two phases (Phase I & Phase II) viz. for establishment of pre-proof of concepts of innovations and for product and process development. In both the phases, projects will be implemented at the industry site. However, in any case the actual project cost would not involve cost of land and building but only capital investment and recurring costs.
Each and every project supported under the scheme SBIRI will be monitored by the Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) to be constituted by the department. The Committee can have 2-3 external experts depending on the requirement. PMC will submit half yearly progress report to ACS for review.
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