BIRAC-SoCH is an Innovation Challenge Award aimed at propelling the Indian innovators towards combating the challenges of community health sector. SoCH award is highly focused and directed towards achieving a clear bold and audacious goal, pushing the boundaries of human imagination and expertise by focusing on issues currently held to be untraceable or that has no clear solution.
India presently is plagued with concerns of maternal and child health, mental disorders, sanitation, potable water availability, healthcare, nutrition, soil fertility, energy and huge waste generation which in broader sense are classified under community health issues. Community health problems need to be addressed with immediate effect in order to realize the goals set in Sustainable Development Goals 2030 by the UN. It is towards realizing this end that BIRAC has come up with SoCH. ‘SoCH’ in Hindi means ‘thought’; indicating the fact that SoCH is oriented towards motivating the scientific thinkers and innovators to come up with solutions for community health.
SoCH is designed to offer recognition and financial support to technology innovators and entrepreneurs who have been working in the community health sector and/or facilitate a promising technology idea that can be converted into a handy technology addressing the issues of community health in a defined time limit.
Themes for SoCH 2017-18
i. Platform technologies for reducing the burden of Diseases (Communicable and Non-communicable diseases)
ii. Sanitation and Waste Recycling
Scope of the Challenge
- SoCH is an incentivized prize competition aimed at propelling the Indian innovators towards combating the challenges of community health.
- Proposals are invited for the above two mentioned themes and the potential applicants will then be shortlisted for either Hackathons or an Ideathon (based on the theme).
- Grant-in-aid of up to INR 15 lakhs will be given to the shortlisted candidates to design a Minimal Viable Prototype (MVP).
- Grant period is 6 months.
- Evaluation of MVPs and selection of final winners of the two themes will be awarded with 50 lakhs.
- The applicant must be an Indian citizen.
- The primary applicant should be the Project Leader who meets the eligibility requirements mentioned below.
- If the applicant is formally employed (or registered as a student) with a non-profit academic or research organization, then the applicant has to produce a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the head of the organization clearly indicating that the organization has policies in place to allow the applicant to accept the award (if successful) as an individual and has policies in place to allow its employees creation of technology products while in service or while in sabbatical leave or while in EOL.
- If the applicant is formally employed with a for-profit company, the applicant has to provide an
No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the head of the organization clearly indicating that the organization has policies in place to allow the applicant to accept the award (if successful) as an individual and has policies in place to allow its employees creation of technology products while in service or while in sabbatical leave or while in EOL. Alternatively, the applicant needs to apply as Company.
- An individual who is a promoter shareholder of any company or one of the partners in any LLP will not be allowed to apply as an individual, irrespective of the percentage of shareholding of the applicant in the company.
(In such a case, the application can be submitted through company/LLP route, in case the company/LLP meets the required eligibility criterion as detailed below)
- The Company/LLP should be registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956/2013.
- The incorporation date of the Company/LLP should not be earlier than 3 years from the date of launch of SoCH.
- A company is considered as ‘Owned’ by resident Indian citizen if minimum 51% of the capital in it is beneficially owned by resident Indian citizens and/or Indian Companies, which are ultimately owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens
- A Project Leader who meets eligibility requirements mentioned below must represent the Company/LLP’s application
- The Company/LLP must have its own in-house R&D facilities that are functional and adequate to execute the project.
- An applicant company, in which any promoter holding more than or equal to 20% of the shares, is a co-promoter of another ineligible company or a partner in another ineligible company/LLP, then the applicant will be rendered ineligible. The only exception to this shall be situations wherein the latter ineligible company/LLP is operating in non-biotech domains.
In case applicant is an LLP: An applicant LLP, in which any of the partners is also a partner in another ineligible LLP or is a co-promoter in another ineligible company, then the applicant will be rendered ineligible. The only exception to this shall be in situations where in the latter ineligible LLP/company is operating in non-biotech firms.
- Entries can be submitted by individuals/ group of individuals/organizations.
- As there is a requirement that the project should start with immediate effect, the team composition should be well thought out and should be ready by the
time of submitting the entry.
Every proposal must clearly identify a Project Leader who will take responsibility for the technical and managerial aspects of the project execution. The Project Leader must be technically qualified to undertake the project. The Project Leader must have completed basic undergraduate training in natural sciences/engineering/ medicine.
In the event that the proposal is shortlisted for Ideathon/ Hackathon in front of the Expert Selection Committee, then the same Project Leader will be required to present the case for support. In the event that proposal is shortlisted for funding support, then the Project Leader will be required to sign the project agreement.
- BIRAC will launch SoCH on 22nd September 2017 on MyGov.
- The call for proposal will close on 31st October 2017 at 11:59pm.
- The applicant needs to submit an online application for the grant of the award by registering and logging-on MyGov. Please note that applications are accepted online only.
- Applicants are advised to fill-up and submit their applications early without waiting for the last date in order to avoid any last minute contingencies. The system stops accepting applications automatically at midnight of the last date of receipt of application..
- Applicants are advised to provide sufficient details in their applications to allow for an informed and fair evaluation/review. Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials provided as uploads.
- Proposal once submitted are final. No changes will be accepted thereafter.
- Providing incorrect information will lead to outright rejection of proposals.
- As a first step, selection committee in BIRAC will screen the applications for eligibility and appropriateness under SoCH scheme.
- Eligible proposals are categorized into two categories: Those who apply under the theme “Platform technologies for reducing the burden of Diseases (Communicable and Non-communicable diseases)” will go through Hackathon track and those who apply under the theme “Sanitation and Waste Recycling” will be selected for Ideathon.
- Those shortlisted for Hackathon will be invited to participate in BIRAC-SoCH Hackathon and will be assessed by the designated experts.
- Ideathon proposals will be invited for presentation in person and the selection committee in BIRAC will assess the merit of the proposal.
- Due diligence reports by the experts are then examined by BIRAC selection committee, subsequent to which proposal is finally approved for the grant of the award.
- If for any reason the team decides to discontinue the project in the first 6 months, then all of the unutilized fund should be returned to BIRAC with immediate effect.
Funding support would be in the form of Grant-in-aid. Post selection of winners from both the categories, the award money will be disbursed as per the following scheme:
|Scheme ||When ||Amount|
||Selection of 5 grantees from Hackathon competition
||15 lakh each
|Final Hackathon winner
||Selection of 5 grantees from Ideathon competition
||15 lakh each
|Final Ideathon winner
- Proposal submission opens: 22nd September 2017
- Last date for submission: 31st October 2017
- Evaluation and shortlisting of applications: Tentatively December, 2017
- Presentation of Shortlisted idea for Ideathon: Tentatively by December 2017 or January 2018
- On-Ground Hackathon: Tentatively by December 2017 or January 2018
- Declaration of Grantees: 5 best candidates each from both the categories will be shortlisted and granted 15 lakh each for the development of Minimum Viable Prototype (MVP) for a period of six months (Tentatively by March 2018)
- 1 winner each from Hackathon and Ideathon will be selected and awarded a prize money of 50 lakh.
GENERAL GUIDELINES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- The contest is open to Indian Citizens.
- The decision of Panel of Experts will be final and binding with regard to selection on all stages.
- By making a submission in the contest, all participants warrant and represent that to the best of their knowledge, their submission is original and does not violate or misappropriate any third party trade secret, “know-how,” copyright, patent or other intellectual property right. Participants also warrant and represent that there are no obligations of any nature, legal or otherwise, which would prohibit, restrict, or interfere with their participation in the Contest or submission of their design report, and agree to obtain any necessary clearances, authorizations and/or approvals prior to participation.
- The participants agree that BIRAC will share information submitted by the participants as to panel experts, reviewers etc. (any information that you may not want to share publicly should not be submitted).
- BIRAC does not claim ownership over Intellectual Property Right (IPR) for the Innovation that is sent to us by submitting an application. The IPR shall remain with the applicant at all times.
- BIRAC reserves the right to publish the grantees information with regard to 1. Title of the project, 2. Brief summary, 3. Deliverables 4. Principle Investigator 5. Team etc.
- By entering the Contest, each participant agrees to release BIRAC from and against any losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising from (i) an exclusion or disqualification of such participant pursuant to these rules; (ii) late or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners of any prize; (iii) forfeiture of a prize and the selection of an alternate winner; (iv) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible or unintelligible entries; (v) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind; (vi) failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions; (vii) any condition caused by events beyond BIRAC’s control that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; and (viii) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind relating to participation in this Contest.
- Any correspondence with participant will be done through an email provided by the participant at time of filling the application form. Organizers are not liable in case of email delivery failures.
- For any queries, please send mail at: sped[dot]birac[at]nic[dot]in and mii01[dot]birac[at]nic[dot]in
BIRAC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, suspend this contest and modify the rules, prizes & funding related to the contest without prior notice. In no event shall BIRAC/MyGov or any other organizers be liable for any claims, losses, expenses or damages, arising out of or in connection with the foregoing.
Theme : Sanitation and Waste Recycling