What is the DST-Lockheed Martin-Tata Trusts IIGP 2.0?
The India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 is a joint initiative of the Department of Science & Technology - Government of India, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Tata Trusts, with a strong commitment to nurture the Indian innovation ecosystem and enable the entrepreneurs to develop technology based solutions for the betterment of society as well as accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global marketplace.
The Programme is being implemented in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B).
The Programme was launched in 2007 and is one of India’s longest standing public-private partnerships, currently in its’ 11th year. From 2017 onwards, it would run through two separate but parallel tracks; University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge to ideate, engage, develop and accelerate Indian innovations.
What is the objective of the programme?
The objective of the programme is to search for innovators and entrepreneurs across the country who have built compelling science and technology based solutions for India’s development sector problems and specific solutions for the industrial sector The programme provides funding, mentoring, incubation and acceleration services to selected Indian innovators and entrepreneurs.
What are the focus sectors of the Programme?
IIGP seeks applications in industrial and social innovations for both University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge.
What if my innovation falls under both social and industrial sectors (For example: A technology led innovation that offers low cost energy solution in off grid areas). In such case, under which Challenge should I apply?
As an entrepreneur, if you have to tradeoff between the commercial interest and social impact, what would come first for you? If social impact is your primary objective, you should apply under social stream. If commercial success is your primary objective (even though there is social impact) you should apply under industrial sector.
Is it necessary that the technology is developed in India, or can technologies developed with a foreign company/university also apply to the Programme?
As long as the IP is owned by an Indian company or Indian individual/entity, you can apply (meaning the entity or individual owning the IP rights or claiming the IP should be domiciled in India)
Are there any sub-sectors to the focus sectors of industrial and social innovations?
Yes. The list is provided below:
For the social innovation solution, is it necessary to apply with a technological solution or applicants with innovative service delivery models also qualify to apply?
This is a programme for science and technology innovations. Innovative service delivery models/business model innovations need not apply. They can apply to other programmes like Tata Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.
What is the difference between the University Challenge & the Open Innovation Challenge?
The University Challenge caters to the ideation and incubation of concepts in response to specific grand challenges, which are sourced entirely from universities across India. Each University or Institution can send their official representative team.
Open Innovation Challenge on the other hand, caters to the innovation and acceleration of concepts, which are sourced from the technology community at large and not specifically from the academic arena. Note that the Open Innovation Challenge fundamentally begins further along the innovation readiness pipeline than the University Challenge. It is open to all.
If I am a student and have a company incubated at an academic institution, do I apply to the University Challenge or the Open Innovation Challenge?
You can apply under Open Innovation. If your institution chooses to respond to the specific Grand Challenge, it can participate in the University Challenge with you and your team.
Can I submit more than one application per year in a specific challenge?
Yes, an innovator can submit multiple applications in a year. Similarly, a university/institution can have multiple teams applying for University Challenge.
Can I reapply to the programme, if applied before?
Yes, an innovator can reapply to the programme in case significant improvements have been made to the technology or if a different product has been developed.
Can I reapply to the programme, if awarded before?
Yes, an innovator can reapply to the programme but with a different innovation.
Where can I apply to the programme?
Applications are only accepted online, at www.indiainnovates.in
How will I know my application has been successfully submitted?
Once an application has been submitted, an auto generated e-mail confirming the successful submission will be sent to your registered e-mail address.
In case of general or technical queries, with whom do I get in touch?
You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Can the application be edited?
Yes, you can edit your application using the User-ID and password generated upon registration. However, once you do the final submission, the application cannot be edited.