birac social innovator sparh fellows program


Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) announces Social Innovators (SPARSH Fellow) Program 2020

BIRAC Social Innovators (SPARSH Fellows) Program 2020 – Sparsh is the Social Innovation program for Products: Affordable & Relevant to Societal Health. The programme is initiated by BIRAC under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.


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  • SPARSH is the social innovation program of BIRACE and SIIP (Social Innovation Immersion Program) is one of its components under which a pool of “Social Innovators/SPARSH Fellows” is being created to identify and address the social problems through biotechnological interventions.
  • The program is being implemented through 14 SPARSH Centres who would provide all the requisite support to the Social Innovators in the following thematic areas:
    1. Maternal and Child Health
    2. Ageing and Health
    3. Food and Nutrition
    4. Waste to Value
    5. Combating environmental Pollution
    6. Agri-Tech


Eligibility Criteria for BIRAC Social Innovators (SPARSH Fellows) Program 2020

  • Indian Undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD below 35 years from fields of Life Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine, & Human Biology.


  • Rs. 50,000 pm fellowship
  • Rs. 5 Lakhs mini kick-start grant
  • Clinical Rural Immersion
  • Access to BIRAC network
  • Mentoring by expects
  • Opportunities for future funding


BIRAC Social Innovators (SPARSH Fellows) Program 2020 Application Process

  • Candidate can apply online
  • For submitting application and queries please log in to BIRAC Website


BIRAC Social Innovators (SPARSH Fellows) Program 2020 Important Date

  • Start application: 1st December 2019
  • Last date to apply: 15th January 2020

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