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Guidelines for Submission of Proposals under Societal Schemes
About the Scheme

The department has a scheme on “Biotech-based Programmes for Societal Upliftment”, which is being implemented throughout the country to benefit SC, ST, women and rural people. Through this scheme, demonstrationa and training programmes are being conducted in various income and employment generating activities. Proven and field-tested technologies are being demonstrated to help the target population in their skills development, employment and income generation etc.

Supporting Areas

The projects are being supported in the areas viz. agriculture and allied sector, health & sanitation, environment & biodiversity conservation, animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, integrated farming, product / process development and value addition, through training and demonstration activities with a little support on R&D aspects for addressing specific problems in development of technology packages, refinement and validation to suit different agro climatic conditions. Interventions are also supported on bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, sericulture, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping, spirulina production, organic farming, vermicomposting, floriculture, cultivation of medicinal and other economically important plants, bio-waste utilization and solid waste management, marine and aquatic bio-resources utilization, preparation of products from forest produce, cancer screening, addressing women and child related health issues, screening and genetic counseling for various genetic disorders among the communities etc.

Who can apply?

The projects will be supported to universities, national labs, autonomous institutions and colleges, partially funded KVKs, voluntary organizations/ NGOs/ social trust/ foundations etc. However, in case of NGOs and Private organizations projects should be submitted in collaboration with other government funded agencies/ institutes with proven track record etc. The eligible agencies should submit the proposal online through e-ProMIS System (http://dbtepromis[dot]gov[dot]in/). Presently DBT is in transition phase moving to electronic submission and processing of the proposals, therefore alongwith the online submission through e-ProMIS, 06 hard copies (01 original copy alongwith all the society documents i.e. registration, by-laws, audited statement of expenditure and annual reports of last three years + 05 copies of the proposal) should also be submitted to DBT in the prescribed format, which can be downloaded from the DBT website. The hard copies should be sent to The Scientist-In-Charge/ Programme Officer, Department of Biotechnology, 6-8 Floor, Block – II, CGO Complex, New Delhi – 110003.

Essential Requirements
  • The basic requirement of the proposal i.e. baseline survey with respect to pest infestation, crop yield, health problems etc. should have been done prior to project submission.
  • The organization and PI should have essential qualifications and experience in the discipline of the proposed area. They should have implemented at least few field-based extension projects benefiting target population for which the programme has been proposed. This should be indicated as an evidence of expertise available in the proposal.
  • At least two co-investigators of the similar background are required to be included in the proposal.
  • In case, the organization wishes to engage the expertise from the government organization/national labs/institute for the overall project duration, written consents from the competent authority of the organization/lab/institute is required to be obtained before submitting the proposal.
  • Retired professionals can be engaged in the project as per the norms of the organization, provided they are actively engaged with them in the field-implementation nature of projects and would not be allowed to be associated as and when required for the activity implementation.
  • Detailed self signed bio-data of the investigators (in the prescribed format, which is given at the end of the project proforma) are essential.
  • Necessary forwarding by the organization is mandatory.
  • In case of collaborating networking project, forwarding is required in the certification format of the proforma separately from each of the participating organizations.
  • In case of projects where ethical clearance is required, the same may be obtained at the time of project submission.
  • Agencies who have completed DBT sponsored projects and again applying for fresh grant, may be considered by DBT for the next funding as per the DBT norms provided the important leads should be evident with the activities undertaken in the earlier project.
  • Institute/ agencies who have completed DBT supported projects and if the progress of the project was not satisfied during its project duration, no further project will be consider by DBT for funding to the said organization.
Other requirements in case of non-government organizations
  • Registration Certificate of the society/association
  • MoA including By-laws and mandate of the organization
  • Audited statement of accounts for the last three years (the organization should have a minimum balance of Rs. 10 lakh at the end of last three subsequent financial years)
  • Annual Report including activity profile for last three years

Note:Single attested copy of all these documents are required to be submitted with the original copy of the proposal. Other copies of the proposal should not include these documents. These documents are required to be submitted from the NGOs.

Addresses should be written in a legible manner and as far as possible, detailed communication addresses including phone, mobile, fax and e-mail addresses etc. should be provided for all the project investigators and co-investigators including institutes submitting the proposal.

Programme Details
  • The proposal should be specifically aimed on field demonstration/extension oriented activities for the welfare of society (SC/ST population, weaker sections, rural population, women and youths) using biotechnological processes/techniques. If required, a very little R&D component can be included for standardization/ refinement of protocol/ techniques already developed. The department may not consider proposals purely based on R&D without any outreach activity.
  • The objectives of the proposal should be well focused and compact. The objectives are required to be provided list-wise (maximum 5-6) and should indicate about number of awareness, training and demonstration programmes, number of direct and indirect beneficiaries (in terms of individuals, families, villages, blocks and districts etc.), names of crops/species and types of interventions proposed alongwith land area in acreage to be covered for demonstration. If possible, one village exhibition, workshop, village gosthis/ similar event should be proposed to be organized during the project funding of three years.
  • The methodology, organization of work elements and time schedule of activities giving milestones should be very clear.
  • The targets and milestones should be laid on a quarterly basis and they should be quantifiable.
  • The list of beneficiaries should be provided both in terms of number of persons and number of families covering with clusters, villages, blocks etc.
  • Marketing linkages with documentary evidence and buyback arrangements should be clearly specified in the project with necessary evidences. If organization is opting for buy-back, it may clearly be indicated that how the organization will be disposing the material in the market.
Infrastructure requirement
  • Organizations seeking DBT funding support for conducting training and demonstration activities are required to have essential infrastructure viz. building, training hall, demonstration farms, other field based facility, essential equipments for analytical and training work, projection facility, vehicle and other transportation facility and computational facilities etc.
Selection of the Beneficiaries for training/demonstration
  • The implementing agency should target the villages in the vicinity (which should not be concentrated at the organization’s office/headquarter), in which the real need of interventions are required for the benefit of the target population. Based upon the nature of activity for training, the beneficiaries are required to be identified, who are willing to share their assets and labour and contribute some of their earnings in the activities.
  • In case of agro-cropping, details are required on new crops to be cultivated, area to be covered under each activity, number of beneficiaries to be trained, acreage covered by each beneficiary, buy-back arrangements and linkages with other user agencies including banking support etc.
  • Details are required to be provided in a tabular form about number of training programmes year-wise, their duration and number of trainees to be trained – activity-wise as part of project summary.
  • Under demonstration activity, name of the crop(s) to be raised, methodology for adopting novel approach in cultivation using organic farming, number of demonstrations to be conducted year-wise, beneficiaries to be trained and list of villages to be covered etc. are essentially required.
  • Self-help group (SHG) approach is required to be build up in the implementation schedule. It may help other categories of beneficiaries, who does not have their own land and they can be trained in various other professions like marketing, product making and its launching.
Expected outcomes and deliverables
  • The project should clearly bring out the benefits to the target population through technology transfer using locally available resources.
  • Attention should be paid on income and employment generation in addition to change in their lifestyle in terms of monitory gain or improvement in health and nutrition status, skill development or entrepreneurship creation.
  • The project should create avenues for the target population to get relief from drudgery and stay back in their areas and stop migrating to the cities.
  • The activity undertaken should be employment/revenue generating and not job displacing.
  • It should also pertain to the judicious utilization of bio-resources in the implementation area through the involvement of target population in farm activities. It should not lead to environmental degradation or ecological imbalance.
  • During the project duration, implementing agency should encourage formation of cooperative society of the beneficiaries, SHGs cooperative formation to continue the activity in a sustainable manner. After termination of Govt. support, assets generated are required to be transferred to the cooperative formed. As far as possible assets created from the DBT supported funds should be placed in the vicinity of the beneficiaries in the project operational area.
Funding support likely to be provided
  • In view of extension-oriented programme, sophisticated and costly equipment would not be provided. Marginal support would be provided for creating small infrastructure/equipment, if it is absolutely essential.
  • Recurring grant will be limited for engaging project staff (supporting the salary of one of the project investigator/ co-investigator), consumables and training material, travel and contingencies etc.