Biotechnology Innovations For Rural Development (BIRD)

A scheme to support training or operate demonstration projects to promote rural innovation for developing Biotech based products and to promote/popularize the use of biotechnological process and tools for creating employment opportunities in rural areas. Projects will be supported in various areas of Biotechnology like (a) Plant Tissue Culture (low cost) (b) Bio-pesticide Production (c) Bio-fertilizers (d) Mushroom cultivation (e) Pharmaceutical and Health Products (f) Solid Waste Recycling/Vermicomposting(g) Post-Harvest Technology (h) Algal Biotechnology (i) Biofuel and biogas (j) Fermented food processing( k) Natural fibre production with biotechnological interventions.

Applications are invited twice every year; the proposal may be submitted in the prescribed format when notified.

  • Maximum support of Rs 5.00 lakh for a period of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months
  • Partial financial assistance (80%) will be released upon sanction of the project and the balance (20%) will be released only after the successful project completion
  • University Departments/Colleges, Central and State R&D Institutions/Organizations, Academic Institutions, non-government organizations with proven track record and self-help groups can apply for conducting training programmes among rural people within the state
  • The trained groups can also submit proposals in collaboration with concerned NGO/Self-help group/R&D/Academic organization for entrepreneurship in the selected areas

Advisor, Kerala Bio-Technology Commission
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE),
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004
Telephone: (0471) 2548406, 2548259
E-mail: kbc.kscste@kerala.gov.in; biotechkerala@gmail.com