Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG)

Nurturing biotech innovations with BIG – where ideas meet execution and dreams meet reality

Catalyzing biotech innovations in India

BIG is a flagship program of BIRAC, which provides funding and mentoring support to young startups and entrepreneurial individuals to establish and validate proof of concept. BIG is the largest early-stage biotech funding program in India managed by 8 BIG partners across the nation. IKP Knowledge Park has been one of the Implementation Partners of BIG since its inception.
As a cornerstone in the Indian biotech landscape, it is a funding initiative and a comprehensive support system offering up to INR 50 Lakhs in Grant‐in‐aid and invaluable mentoring to pioneering start-ups and individual innovators. This program is instrumental in establishing and validating proof of concept, making it a key driver in the biotech sector’s growth.
The scope of this initiative spans diverse life sciences fields such as Healthcare (encompassing Medical devices, Drugs and Drug Delivery, Biosimilars, Diagnostics), Industrial Biotechnology, Clean Energy, Digital Solutions, Agriculture, and allied areas. We support applicants from the pre-application stage to post-award mentoring, monitoring, networking, and other business development-related activities to BIG applicants and awardees. By bridging the gap between ideas and implementation, BIG plays a pivotal role in bringing revolutionary biotech innovations to the forefront.

Who can benefit from BIG

Our current beneficiaries

Our current beneficiaries

INR 500 +

crores in follow-on funding

130 +

IPs filed

180 +

start-ups funded

BIG beneficiaries

Realizing success with strategic collaborations

Realizing success with strategic collaborations

Ride the innovation wave

The program opens its doors biannually for fresh, groundbreaking ideas, accepting applications from the 1st of January and the 1st of July each year, for 45 days.
To learn more about this program, please email [email protected]

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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