About the Scheme
The department has a scheme on “Biotech-based Programmes for Societal Upliftment”, which is being implemented throughout the country to benefit SC, ST, women and rural people. Through this scheme, demonstrationa and training programmes are being conducted in various income and employment generating activities. Proven and field-tested technologies are being demonstrated to help the target population in their skills development, employment and income generation etc.
The projects are being supported in the areas viz. agriculture and allied sector, health & sanitation, environment & biodiversity conservation, animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, integrated farming, product / process development and value addition, through training and demonstration activities with a little support on R&D aspects for addressing specific problems in development of technology packages, refinement and validation to suit different agro climatic conditions. Interventions are also supported on bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, sericulture, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping, spirulina production, organic farming, vermicomposting, floriculture, cultivation of medicinal and other economically important plants, bio-waste utilization and solid waste management, marine and aquatic bio-resources utilization, preparation of products from forest produce, cancer screening, addressing women and child related health issues, screening and genetic counseling for various genetic disorders among the communities etc.
Who can apply?
The projects will be supported to universities, national labs, autonomous institutions and colleges, partially funded KVKs, voluntary organizations/ NGOs/ social trust/ foundations etc. However, in case of NGOs and Private organizations projects should be submitted in collaboration with other government funded agencies/ institutes with proven track record etc.
-The basic requirement of the proposal i.e. baseline survey with respect to pest infestation, crop yield, health problems etc. should have been done prior to project submission.
-The organization and PI should have essential qualifications and experience in the discipline of the proposed area. They should have implemented at least few field-based extension projects benefiting target population for which the programme has been proposed. This should be indicated as an evidence of expertise available in the proposal.
-At least two co-investigators of the similar background are required to be included in the proposal.
-In case, the organization wishes to engage the expertise from the government organization/national labs/institute for the overall project duration, written consents from the competent authority of the organization/lab/institute is required to be obtained before submitting the proposal.
-Retired professionals can be engaged in the project as per the norms of the organization, provided they are actively engaged with them in the field-implementation nature of projects and would not be allowed to be associated as and when required for the activity implementation.
-Detailed self signed bio-data of the investigators (in the prescribed format, which is given at the end of the project proforma) are essential.
-Necessary forwarding by the organization is mandatory.
-In case of collaborating networking project, forwarding is required in the certification format of the proforma separately from each of the participating organizations.
-In case of projects where ethical clearance is required, the same may be obtained at the time of project submission.
-Agencies who have completed DBT sponsored projects and again applying for fresh grant, may be considered by DBT for the next funding as per the DBT norms provided the important leads should be evident with the activities undertaken in the earlier project.
-Institute/ agencies who have completed DBT supported projects and if the progress of the project was not satisfied during its project duration, no further project will be consider by DBT for funding to the said organization.
Other requirements in case of non-government organizations
-Registration Certificate of the society/association
-MoA including By-laws and mandate of the organization
-Audited statement of accounts for the last three years (the organization should have a minimum balance of Rs. 10 lakh at the end of last three subsequent financial years)
-Annual Report including activity profile for last three years
Note:Single attested copy of all these documents are required to be submitted with the original copy of the proposal. Other copies of the proposal should not include these documents. These documents are required to be submitted from the NGOs.
Addresses should be written in a legible manner and as far as possible, detailed communication addresses including phone, mobile, fax and e-mail addresses etc. should be provided for all the project investigators and co-investigators including institutes submitting the proposal.
-The proposal should be specifically aimed on field demonstration/extension oriented activities for the welfare of society (SC/ST population, weaker sections, rural population, women and youths) using biotechnological processes/techniques. If required, a very little R&D component can be included for standardization/ refinement of protocol/ techniques already developed. The department may not consider proposals purely based on R&D without any outreach activity.
-The objectives of the proposal should be well focused and compact. The objectives are required to be provided list-wise (maximum 5-6) and should indicate about number of awareness, training and demonstration programmes, number of direct and indirect beneficiaries (in terms of individuals, families, villages, blocks and districts etc.), names of crops/species and types of interventions proposed alongwith land area in acreage to be covered for demonstration. If possible, one village exhibition, workshop, village gosthis/ similar event should be proposed to be organized during the project funding of three years.
-The methodology, organization of work elements and time schedule of activities giving milestones should be very clear.
-The targets and milestones should be laid on a quarterly basis and they should be quantifiable.
-The list of beneficiaries should be provided both in terms of number of persons and number of families covering with clusters, villages, blocks etc.
-Marketing linkages with documentary evidence and buyback arrangements should be clearly specified in the project with necessary evidences. If organization is opting for buy-back, it may clearly be indicated that how the organization will be disposing the material in the market.
Funding support likely to be provided
-In view of extension-oriented programme, sophisticated and costly equipment would not be provided. Marginal support would be provided for creating small infrastructure/equipment, if it is absolutely essential.
-Recurring grant will be limited for engaging project staff (supporting the salary of one of the project investigator/ co-investigator), consumables and training material, travel and contingencies etc.