GCE India Programme announces the first call for proposals Aims to identify local innovations fit for all

BIRACWith the objective to encourage innovative solutions and enable translation of research into action, the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IKP Knowledge Park (IKP), a science park and start-up incubator, announced the first call for proposals under the Grand Challenges Explorations India programme.

Grand Challenges Explorations India programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges Explorations India programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

GCE-India Programme  “ Objectives


  • Address the challenges of Indian healthcare  system
  • Foster entrepreneurship in India
  • Change how people look access healthcare in India
  • Search for drug delivery systems, diagnostics, and technology enabled service models and medical devices that can potentially be made accessible to all
  • Empower potentially life-changing ideas and ensure scale-up
  • Identify nurture and empower revolutionary ideas that address global health challenges
  • Ensure funding
  • Provide technical and business advice
  • Access to synergistic networks both within and outside the country

Areas of Focus

  • Contraceptive discovery platforms
  • New therapies for childhood cryptosporidium infection
  • Preservation of stool samples for room-temperature transport and remote-analysis
  • Global burden of antimicrobial resistance
  • Point-of-care nucleic acid diagnostics below $2 per test
  • Self-testing for cervical cancer and malaria diagnostics


  • The awardee will be eligible for an award of Rs 50 Lakh for 18 months, and a prize of Rs 10 Lakh for successful completion of milestones.
  • Successful projects will also have the opportunity to apply for follow-on funds from BIRAC through the Biotechnology Industry Partnership Programme (BIPP), Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) and/or the GCE Phase II programme of the DBT, BIRAC and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • This Call for Proposals is open to everyone, from any discipline from India.
  • The applicants may be researchers and faculty in colleges/ universities/government laboratories/ institutions to start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as non-profit organisations. The programme is accepting proposals until 11:59 PM, June 30, 2016 (IST). For information on eligibility, application process and selection criteria, please visit www.gce-india.org.

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