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13th National Biennial Competition for Green Grassroots Unaided Technological Innovations, Ideas & Outstanding Traditional Knowledge.

NATIONAL INNOVATION FOUNDATION (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India aims to recognize, respect and reward grassroots technological innovators and traditional knowledge experts.

NIF solicits entries of unaided technological innovations and traditional knowledge developed at grassroots by an individual or group comprising farmers, artisans, fishermen and women, slum dwellers, workshop mechanics, students, local communities etc. 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.

Communities developing People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) or People's Knowledge Register (PKR) are encouraged to register/link their knowledge base with the National Register at NIF.

For the 13th National Biennial Competition, the entries can be submitted during April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023, which is the last date for submission.


The Awards

All the entries received will be reviewed appropriately and shortlisted for awards by an independent team of experts. Top three innovations will be awarded Rs. 500,000 (National First), Rs. 300,000 (National Second) and Rs. 100,000 (National Third) 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. Three most outstanding innovative ideas may be given prizes of Rs. 50,000, 25,000 and 15,000. For young innovators there will be prizes worth Rs. 30,000, 25,000 and Rs. 20,000 for the best three entries. There will be consolation prizes of Rs. 10,000/- each in different categories apart from a Certificate of appreciation to many others.  

In addition, individuals and/or organizations that make extraordinary contributions in scouting/ field verification/ on-site evaluation of 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. Technologists adding significant value to the people’s knowledge and creativity, and electronic/print journalists promoting grassroots innovations will also be recognized. 

How to Participate

Individuals or groups may send as many entries as they wish on plain paper providing 

Technical details of the idea/innovation/traditional knowledge practice along with sketches, photos or videos wherever available/necessary
Genesis of idea/innovation or traditional knowledge
Educational qualification of the innovators/traditional knowledge holders and past/ present occupation,
Copy of id proof (like Aadhar card/ Voter id/ or any Govt. Identification Id.) 
Complete postal address with pin code and contact number(s) and
Any other information that may seem necessary.

Where to send Entries

 National Innovation Foundation - India

 Amrapur, Gandhinagar-Mahudi Road

Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382650

Tel: 02764-350001/ 02/ 03/ 04/ 05/ 06

Email: campaign@nifindia.org,

Website: www.nif.org.in
Email: campaign@nifindia.org, Website: www.nif.org.in

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