The IIIC's mission is to encourage
the highest quality research

across the Globe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the IIIC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.

IIIC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and confer status and visibility on the best brains.

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What we offer

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‘Open’ funding programme which will support projects from any technology or sector, ranging from proof of concept through to prototype development demonstration.

We are ideally placed to guide you through the process of matching innovation opportunities to available grants. Funding and Grants as much as $ 250,000 would be provided through this programme, irrespective of whether the proposal is submitted by a research student or faculty.







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Format for submission of proposals

Proposals submitted for consideration must include the following (in the order presented below). APA format is required. Length of proposal is limited to 25 pages, not including appendices.

Proposal Cover Form

The abstract should include significant background information, research design, methods (including sample, data collection and data analysis) and relevance of the study.

Narrative addressing the following:

a. Problem statement
b. Background and significance
i. Critical statement of existing knowledge and identification of the gaps which this research will address. State the significance.
c. Research design and methods
i. Describe the research design
ii. Sample, size and sampling procedure
iii. Procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the research.
iv. Describe instruments to be used, their reliability and validity.
v. Explain how the data will be collected, analyzed and interpreted.

Budget and budget justification – be detailed and specific. For example, identified personnel, supplies, equipment, travel, other.


Key references

Appendices (including research instruments, letters of support from agency and faculty sponsor if appropriate).

Short biographical sketch of the principal investigator (limit to no more than 2 pages).


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Research grant applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee through peer reviews from independent experts and mentors. Recommendations for approval of funding will be presented to the Governing Board. The Board will render final approval. Once approved by the Board, the applicants will be notified by the Research Committee.

Project proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, quality vetting, due diligence and lessons learned from previous Rounds. A team of international assessors score each proposal against 9 set criteria and produce a long list. The criteria are:

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Applicants are notified about the decision If a proposal is successful, a grant offer letter will be sent to the researcher. The letter sets out the funding awarded and the proposed dates on which the project should start and end.


How exactly does IIIC help?

Accelerate support:

A great business idea ends for want of resources. We help polish the idea in the first place. It’s more like a boot-camp, where the ideas are accelerated in a fast forward mode, and fine-tuned as per the market scenario the product can cater to.

Play as perfect mentor:

We provide budding entrepreneurs with access to mentors cutting across sectors. Mentors share their expertise that helps the business venture become efficient quickly.

Bring in money:

We feel the innovators’ focus should be on building the product prototype. Ignite India Incubation Centre handles the financial hassles. IIIC first helps with seed fund to build the product prototype and then helps raise funds for subsequent operations.

Provide infrastructure:

IIIC has efficiently designed adequate infrastructure with work spaces that have a LAN/Wi-Fi zone, telephone lines, printers, scanners, and all basic amenities needed for hassle-free and smooth functioning.

Access to service providers: 

More often than not, start-ups falter because os limited or nil access to high-quality service-providers in the area of HR, IT, Management and Operations. IIIC acts as a handy centre for all shared services support.

Compliance guidance:

Ignite India Incubation Centre helps in dealing with regulatory compliances, provide legal advisory in managing intellectual property rights and guides on accessing funds from various sources.