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Friday, November 02, 2012

U.S.-India S&T Endowment Fund -Third call for proposals

Priority Areas:
Healthy individual: Affordable biomedical devices, diagnostic / preventive / curative measures, or food and nutrition products to improve health. (Drug development and clinical trials are not eligible activities in this category).
Empowering citizens: Reducing the digital/technology divide. This could include amongst others, information and communication technologies with societal impact in areas such as water, agriculture, financial inclusion, and education.
Proposals must include a minimum of one partner from each country. Bi-national teams applying to the Endowment will work together to commercialize technologies for societal impact.
  • The Bi-national teams can include:
    1. i) Start-up companies; or
    2. ii)Incorporated companies; or
    3. iii) Non-incorporated entities; or
    4. iv)Individuals or consortia from academia, government laboratories, non-government R&D institutions
  • Each bi-national team must include at the time of application an entrepreneurial (small-scale as opposed to large-scale) entity that will receive a portion of the grant and take the technology to the market. If partners are planning to form a new venture to commercialize the technology, the proposal should include planned incorporation date and the amount of grants requested for the new entity.
  • Relationships between the U.S. and Indian partners must be clearly defined, including ownership of intellectual property rights for the technology proposed to be developed and commercialized.
  • The proposed technology must have potential towards commercialization within 2-3 years
Grants of up to Rs. 2.50 crores or approximately $450,000 (subject to prevailing exchange rate).Proposals outside this range may be considered under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Board (hereafter referred to as 'Board').

Submission deadline for executive summaries: 15 December 2012 (11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time) 

For the second call the following teams were selected:

Healthy Individuals Category
i) Proposal Title:Mobile Phone based HbA1c Analyzer
Lead Partners: Sidhant Jena, Janacare Solutions Private Limited, Bangalore and Stephen Chen, Teco Diagnostics Anaheim, CA
ii) Proposal Title:A novel way to manage fecal incontinence in non-ambulatory patients
Lead Partners: Nishith Chasmawala Consure Medical Pvt. Ltd., Surat and Matt Durack Lunar Design San Francisco, CA)
Empowering Citizens Category
i) Proposal Title:Branchless Banking and Financial services for the Unbanked and Under-banked
Lead Partners: Abhipriya Gupta, Eko India Financial Services Private Limited, New Delhi and Angela Schmuck, IDmission LLC, Mesa AZ

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