BIRAC announces Contract Research
and Services Scheme (CRS) in the Biotech Sector which would facilitate the
academia-industry interaction to take forward the research leads of Academic
Universities and Research Institutes through validation and translation by
industry. This scheme would encourage the lab scale technology of the
academia to reach the commercial scale along with the industry under a specific
contract and fee structure.
Numerous lab scale research leads have been/are being generated in the academic sector through funding from various agencies like DBT, CSIR, DST, DRDO etc., which have the potential for validation and translation into products. Currently the academia is capable of limited translational research, however, product development is generally not a part of their mandate. Moreover, they may not have the required infrastructure to take on product development and commercialization activity. It is, therefore, important to take the industry on board to validate such research leads for pilot studies through Contract Research Agreements.
In many cases the Academic researchers require some specific services from the industry which could also be supported under this scheme.
For all purposes, the term academia refers to the eligible applicants from academic sector (private and public universities or institutes).
The contract research and service
opportunity for validating academic technologies would have the following
2.1 Contract Research
Applicants will provide the
Proof-of-Concept (POC)/leads to the industry which in turn would validate it
2.2 Contract Service
The requirements of the Academic groups for some specific services from the industry such as toxicology, sequencing, use of specific equipment etc. which form a part of validation of the PoC could also be supported under this scheme.
2.3 Contract Research and Service
The Contract Research and Service would be undertaken after executing necessary Agreements for Non-Disclosure, Material Transfer, etc. as required.
a) Primary applicant (academia)
Public and/or Private Universities and Research Institutions having a well established research support system, for basic or applied research and education are eligible under this scheme. A registration/recognition/accreditation/ certification from a government body is mandatory. They should have a pre-determined company partner(s) having DSIR recognized R&D/Service unit(s).
The Research group should necessarily have an established lead as evident by scientific data ready for validation/outsourced services and may fall under the following categories but not limited to:
(i) Validation of lab scale technology
(ii) Small scale contract research resulting in generating several batches of process or multiple prototypes
(iii) Large scale validation of prototype to commercial design.
b) Collaborating Company (ies)
Only Indian Company (ies), registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956 with atleast 51% Indian shareholding and having DSIR* recognised in-house R&D unit, interested to perform such a contract research service with academic partner are eligible.
(*companies in the process of obtaining DSIR recognition may also apply along with the proof of application to DSIR. However, the final decision on such applications would be subject to their getting DSIR recognition)
Proposals under CRS are required to be submitted online only. For submission of proposals, Institutions need to register with BIRAC through “Institution User Registration”. Detailed guidelines on how to submit the Proposal will be available online. www.birac.nic.in
details on How to submit a proposal would be available in the CRS User Guide
available on the website.
The proposals should be submitted on or before 15th September, 2012 (midnight).
Institution User Registration is open round the clock.
Online Proposal Submission opens on 1st August, 2012
No Hard Copy to be submitted. Proposals submitted online only would be considered.
Last date for Submission of Proposals under the CRS scheme : 15th September 2012
For further details, please contact:
Dr. Amita Joshi, Programme Manager, BIRAC
Announcement Date: 01-08-2012
Last Submission Date: 15-09-2012 12:00 AM