Biotechnology Ignition Grant Scheme (BIG) – BIRAC

Venture Center BioIncubator: Information for applicants for Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) scheme of BIRAC

About BIRAC and BIG:

BIRAC aims to support entrepreneurs who have an exciting idea which may be in the nascent and planning stage in the form of Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG). This scheme is designed to stimulate commercialization of research discoveries by providing very early stage grants for the development and maturation of those discoveries into marketable product or intellectual property (IP), in particular to help bridge the gap between discovery and invention.

BIRAC BIG Website:

The purpose of the BIG Scheme is to:

  • Upscale and validate Proof of concept
  • Encourage researchers to take technology closer to market through a Start Up
  • Excite interest of potential licensees or investors


  • Biotechnology start-ups
    • Registered company incorporated no older than 5 years
    • Company should have an functional R&D lab
    • If the registered company does not have a functional Lab of its own, then it should be incubated in an Incubator which has a functional Lab.
  • Entrepreneurs or Potential entrepreneurs from Academia, Research Institute, or Researchers, PhDs, Medical degree holders, Biomed Engg. Graduates:
    • Incubated in a Technology Business Incubator

With an exciting idea which may be in the nascent and planning stage can apply under BIG scheme.

Process for applicants affiliated to Venture Center

Role of Venture Center

Venture Center is a technology business incubator specializing in technology start-ups offering products and services exploiting scientific expertise in the areas of materials, chemicals and biological sciences & engineering. The BioIncubator at Venture Center aims to nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises leveraging knowledge in the areas of biotechnology (biopharma, agrobiotech, industrial biotech and clean technology), biomedical engineering/ devices/ diagnostics, biomass value addition/ renewable fuels/chemicals/materials, bioinformatics, bio/medical services and related disciplines.

Potential entrepreneurs in Biotechnology sector can start-up their companies in VC, BioIncubator. Other than this VC, BioIncubator team provides advisory services through its various programs. BioIncubator team advises from their past learning and experiences of BIG

For More Information Visit On  Venture Center’s BIG Website :

Contact information

Ms Priya Nagaraj
Bioincubation Manager, Venture Center
100, NCL Innovation Park
Dr Homi Bhabha (Pashan) Road
Pune – 411008
Phone: +91-20-2586-5877 /7410045657