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United States - India Science and Technology
ENDOWMENT FUND
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The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States - India Science & Technology Endowment Fund for promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and techno-preneurship through the application of science and technology. The aim of the Fund is to support and foster joint applied R&D togenerate public good through commercialization of technology achieved through sustained partnerships between US and Indian researchers and entrepreneurs.
OBJECTIVES
  • To select and support through a grants program financially promising joint US-India entrepreneurial initiatives. These initiatives can originate from government, academic, non-governmental or commercial entities, and any combination thereof provided they focus on applied R&D, incorporate a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and have significant sustainable commercial potential.
PRIORITY AREAS
  • Healthy individual: Affordable biomedical devices, diagnostic / preventive / curative measures, or food and nutrition products to improve health. (Drug development and clinical trials are not eligible activities in this category).
  • Empowering citizens: Reducing the digital/technology divide. This could include amongst others, information and communication technologies with societal impact in areas such as water, agriculture, financial inclusion, and education.
ELIGIBILITY
  • Proposals must include a minimum of one partner from each country. Bi-national teams applying to the Endowment will work together to commercialize technologies for societal impact.
  • The Bi-national teams can include:
    1. i) Start-up companies; or
    2. ii)Incorporated companies; or
    3. iii) Non-incorporated entities; or
    4. iv)Individuals or consortia from academia, government laboratories, non-government R&D institutions
  • Each bi-national team must include at the time of application an entrepreneurial (small-scale as opposed to large-scale) entity that will receive a portion of the grant and take the technology to the market. If partners are planning to form a new venture to commercialize the technology, the proposal should include planned incorporation date and the amount of grants requested for the new entity.
  • Relationships between the U.S. and Indian partners must be clearly defined, including ownership of intellectual property rights for the technology proposed to be developed and commercialized.
  • The proposed technology must have potential towards commercialization within 2-3 years
FUNDING
  • Grants of up to Rs. 2.50 crores or approximately $450,000 (subject to prevailing exchange rate).Proposals outside this range may be considered under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Board (hereafter referred to as 'Board').
  • Normally there would be a reasonable balance in the grant for Indian and U.S. partners.
  • Grants will be released in a phased manner based on successful completion of milestones (which may include requirements to raise/ invest funding to match Endowment grant at some stage).
  • All milestones for the grants will be specified at the time of awarding the grant
Submission deadline for executive summaries: 15 December 2012 (11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time)
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All applications must be submitted online by clicking on the above link
The program will be coordinated and administered through the bi-national Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF).

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