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The India Science, Technology and Innovation Portal (ISTI) is a one stop window for information about developments in India on science, technology and innovation and has a database for funding opportunities HERE.


Innovation Challenges & Opportunities

The STARTUP India portal is India's largest online entrepreneurship platform allows startups to network, access free tools & resources and participate in programs & challenges. Their collation of challenges and opportunities can be found HERE.


Some On-going Opportunities (last updated 25/02/2021)

Public Funding Opportunities

  1. Science and Engineering Research Board - Core Research Grant (Individual Centric), Deadline – 8th March 2021
  2. DST Grand Challenge: Totally indigenous, economical, readily scalable, point-of-care devices for quick detection of anemia and malnutrition including vitamin deficiencies like Vit A, Vit D and Vit B12 and mineral deficiencies, Deadline - 31st March 2021
  3. India Israel Industrial R&D & Technological Innovation Fund / DST, Deadline – 03rd May 2021

Non-Public Funding Opportunities

  1. Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deadline - 25th Feb 2021
  2. Infineon Solar Pump Motor Drive Design Challenge 2021, Deadline - 14th March 2021
  3. Nestlé Foundation Research Grants, Deadline – 10th May 2021
  4. Joint Health Systems Research Initiative Foundation Grant, Wellcome Foundation Deadline – May 2021

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