Government to fund 16 tasks for growing know-how to fight COVID-19

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17

Upscaling efforts for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Science and Technology has really useful funding of 16 tasks for growing applied sciences that may be commercialised and mass produced by the trade.

The ministry’s National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) had obtained 65 proposals from innovators, which have been screened by an exterior know-how professional committee to evaluate their relevancy and technical feasibility.

The proposals had been sought by NRDC below the ministry’s grants-in-aid promotional programme for growth of the required applied sciences and allied merchandise.

Under the programme, monetary assist is prolonged for growth of COVID-19 applied sciences within the space of monitoring, testing and remedy, overlaying course of scale up, pilot plant research, validation and authentication of merchandise, registration of merchandise with regulatory authorities, conducting area trials, technology of toxicology information and bridging the hole between the lab scale growth and industrial necessities.

The tasks to be funded are within the space of testing, tracing and remedy of COVID-19.

The applied sciences chosen for assist are within the space of take a look at kits, sanitisers, ventilators, PPEs, masks and COVID-19 hospital effluents remedy.

The organisations chosen embrace authorities analysis and growth establishments, educational institutes, defence institutions in addition to non-public trade and particular person innovators.

“There is a huge gap in availability of grant funds for upscaling and prototyping of innovative technologies,” stated Dr H Purushotham, chairman and managing director, NRDC. “This financial support would help the innovators and start-ups in accelerating the technology development process and bring the innovative technologies to the market place within the next one year.”

A Compendium of Indian Technologies for Combating COVID-19 has additionally been introduced out by the NRDC, which has listed about 200 applied sciences developed by Indian establishments and startups.

So far NRDC has transferred 9 applied sciences to startups and MSMEs that are helpful in combating COVID-19 within the nation, a press release issued by the ministry stated on Friday.


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