Prism Phase 1

PRISM_ Phase-I: Individual Innovator Proposals

Government of India
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
PRISM_ Phase-I: Individual Innovator Proposals

Category I: Proof of Concept/Prototypes/Models


Any Indian Citizen having innovative idea or an invention.

Scope & Support

  • Project cost up to Rs. 5.00 lakh to help Innovators to convert their ideas into demonstrable models/prototypes. The support is primarily aimed at encouraging student innovators. However, in general, any Indian Citizen having innovative idea or an invention and wishes to demonstrate his idea in the form of basic stage model/prototype/process thus providing proof to his concept can apply in this category.
  • The proposals shall preferably be in the following focus sectors: Green Technology, Clean Energy, Industrially utilizable smart materials, Waste to wealth, Affordable healthcare, water & sewage management, any other technology or knowledge intensive area.
  • Maximum support under this category is Rs 2.00 lakh or 90% of the approved project cost, whichever is lower.


  • The proposals can be submitted to the nearest TePP Outreach cum Cluster Innovation Centres (TOCICs). The innovators can meet coordinators of TOCICs and take their advice before submitting the application.
  • The proposals directly received at DSIR will also be forwarded to relevant TOCIC for counselling/ local screening.
  • The proposals initially will be screened for completeness at the point of receipt, by the coordinators of TOCICs.
  • The proposals after initial screening are evaluated by the Domain Knowledge Experts associated with the TOCIC.
  • The TOCICs will send complete and evaluated proposals to DSIR for further action. The proposals will be considered in PRISM Advisory and Screening Committee (PASC) for recommendation.
  • The sanction will finally be released to those that are approved by the Department. The applicant has to sign "Terms & Conditions" prior to the actual release of grants-in-aid.
  • The first release is based on milestones/deliverables projected in the project proposals and as recommended by PASC. The subsequent releases are based on assessment of progress of the project by Project Review Committee (PRC).
  • The approved projects will be monitored by TOCIC/ other network partners including technical expert(s). TOCIC will be periodically reporting project status to DSIR at an interval of 3 months. The PRCs consisting of external experts will meet at least once in nine months to review the progress of the project.
  • The project completion report will be accepted by the Competent Authority in the DSIR based on PRC recommendation after successful closure of the project.

Limiting conditions

  • The projects relating pure software development and those involving pure academic research are not eligible.
  • The financial support is not an award or a prize or a research fellowship. The financial support is provided for the work to be undertaken.
  • Students will have to provide a `No Objection Certificate

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