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BIRAC SPARSH Social Innovation Fellowship


BIRAC is inviting applications for its innovation fellowship program SPARSH Social Innovator across 14 centers in India. The selected candidates will be awarded 50000 INR per month for 18 months and a 5 lacks mini kickstart grant.


A social innovation fellowship under BIRAC aimed at finding innovative solutions with the help of biomedical technologies for most pressing social problems among society. Social Innovation Immersion Program (SIIP) is a scheme under SPARSH aimed to create a pool of social innovation fellows who can help in identifying and bridging the gaps within the communities through some innovative products or services. SIIP is implemented through 14 SPRASH centers across the country. The programs also help with funding support in the form of grants apart from the monthly payment.

SPARSH Social Innovators/SPARSH Fellows

The selection will through national application and applications to be shortlisted in collaboration with the SPARSH Centres. Selected candidates will be designated as SPARSH Fellows (SPARSH Social Innovators). They will be receiving an amount of 50000 INR per month for 18 months. During the course of the fellowship, each fellow is also eligible for a onetime mini-kick start grand of 5 Lakhs. Selected fellows have to work full-time and they can’t combine with any other funded fellowships.

Each fellow will be assigned to one of the 14 SPARSH Center as per their choice during application. The center will be responsible for providing all the necessary support in any of the areas.

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Ageing and Health
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Waste to Value
  • Combating environmental pollution
  • Agri-Tech

Highlights of the BIRAC Innovation Fellowship

  • Monthly stipend of 50000 per month for 18 months
  • A mini kick start gran of INR lakhs
  • Clinical/ Rural Immersion
  • Access to BIRAC network of Mentors and Investors
  • Mentoring by SPARSH Knowledge partner and 14 SPARSH Centres
  • Opportunities to seek funding on completion


  • Applicant should be Indian Citizen
  • Below 35 years
  • Indian undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD
  • From fields of life sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine & human biology


A duration of a total of 18 months, which cannot be extended further.

Selection process

  1. Applicants have to apply through submit their application online through BIRAC Portal. During the process, applicants can choose his/her choice of the center.
  2. The center-wise list of applicants will be sent to the respective center where they check for eligibility. Further evaluation and shortlisting will be also done here.
  3. The shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview at the respective centers.  
  4. The selected applicants will be called SPARSH Fellows and will be entered into an agreement with the respective center.

Tentative List of SPARSH Centres across India

  1. IKP Knowledge Park P Ltd, Hyderabad
  2. Villgro Innovations Foundation, Chennai
  3. Atal Incubation Centre, Hyderabad
  4. Yenepoya Foundation for Technology Incubation, Mangalore
  5. PSG-STEP, Coimbatore
  6. SCTIMST-TIMED, Trivandrum
  7. IIITM-K, Trivandrum
  8. IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, Kolkata
  9. C-CAMP Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Bangalore
  10. Entrepreneurship development center, Pune
  11. Healthcare Technology Innovation Center, Chennai
  12. FIRST – IIT Kanpur
  13. KIIT Technology Business Incubator Bhubaneshwar
  14. Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, New Delhi

How to Apply

For submitting the application for BIRAC SPARSH Innovation fellowship, candidates can BIRAC website from the following link

Apply for SPARSH Fellowship

Last date for submitting applications: 15th January 2020

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