NIF - India’s 11th National Biennial Competition for Green Grassroots Open for Frugal Innovation

National Innovation Foundation (NIF) India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has declared 11th Biennial Competition open. Check updates.

NIF - India
NIF - India

National Innovation Foundation (NIF) India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has declared 11th Biennial Competition open. The motive of this competition is to support and motivate young and talented individuals who use unaided technological innovations and traditional knowledge developed at grassroots. The participant can be an individual or group comprising farmers, artisans, fishermen and women, slum dwellers, workshop mechanics, students, local communities, etc. The call gives an opportunity to bright ones to put their frugal innovation in front of the world to be noticed and acknowledged.  

The innovations can be in agriculture, machines, processes or products for farm/non-farm operations, household utility, transportation, energy conservation or generation, reduction in drudgery, development of plant varieties, development of herbal remedies for human/ animal problems, or any other low cost sustainable green technologies. These should be unaided/unsupervised and an outcome of one’s own creativity, without any technical support from external agencies. Special awards will be given for innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge of/for women. There will be prizes to recognize outstanding innovations by/for people with physical disabilities as well. Creative ideas for innovative technologies, which may not have been developed into prototypes are also welcome. Children in or out of school are also encouraged to send their original ideas for the competition.

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The awardees will be benefitted as below, based on varying category:

  • Rs 500,000 will be given to the best three nationalsfirst, Rs 300,000 to the second position holder and Rs 100,000 to the third position holder, each in different categories.
  • NIF may also give a Life Time Achievement Award of Rs 750,000 to an outstanding innovator with demonstrated lifelong creativity.
  • Consolation prizes of Rs 10,000 each in different categories depending upon the incremental inventiveness and potential social and environmental impact.
  • Individuals and/or organizations that make extraordinary contributions in scouting grassroots innovations and traditional knowledge may also get recognition and awards worth Rs 100,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 besides recognition to many others.
  • Three most outstanding innovative ideas may be given prizes of Rs 50,000, 25,000 and 15,000.
  • Certificate of appreciation may be given to herbal and traditional knowledge holders whose claims may not have been validated but whose contributions are worth emulating for the society.
  • Technologists adding significant value to the people’s knowledge and creativity, and electronic/print journalists promoting grassroots innovations will also be recognized.
  • The outstanding entries will also be widely publicized in the Honey Bee Newsletter and through other media.
  • Details of the selected innovative practices and traditional knowledge practices included in the Register will be displayed at the websites of NIF.

To be considered eligible for this competition, one must meet the following mandatory requirements:

  • Individuals, from the unorganized sectors of the society, who have achieved distinction in improving quality and productivity without the aid of formal institutions. Ideas for innovative technologies which have not yet become products are also welcome.
  • Women innovators are highly encouraged in this campaign.
  • Young inventors and innovators of upto class 12th are invited to send their ideas or innovations for a special category of awards for them. These should be unsupervised, an outcome of their own creativity, without any support from their teachers or outsiders.

Interested candidates may send their applications by March 31, 2019 to this link:


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