The 9th National Biennial Competition for Green Grassroots

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.

The Competition
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.

Eligibility
The resources of NIF are dedicated to supporting innovators and traditional knowledge holders from the unorganized sector only with no/limited exposure to formal system of education and/or professional / technical training. Therefore, entries from professionals that is, those having professional / post graduate degrees or affiliation with formal institutions or those who have gained long professional experience in public or private sector, are not accepted. Projects of students enrolled in engineering, bio technology or any other professional / post graduate courses will also not be considered.

However, if anybody develops a technology in their individual capacity without any institutional help and that has grassroots applications, it may be considered for inclusion in a separate database of innovations by professionals, inclusion in which would not be eligible for any recognition, technical or financial support. NIF may help them only through linkages.

For considering eligibility of participation in its National Competition, NIF will take into account BOTH education AND occupation of the participant. The detailed competition guidelines are available for download below.

Sr. No

Award Name

Total Award (Rs)

Community / Nature (Rs)

Award (Rs)

Fellowship Amount (Rs) *

1

Lifetime Achievement

750,000

112,500

250,000

387,000

2

National - First

500,000

75,000

200,000

225,000

3

National - Second

300,000

45,000

100,000

155,000

4

National - Third

100,000

15,000

50,000

35,000



Students
Young inventors and innovators (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. There will be prizes worth Rs 30,000, 25,000 and Rs 20,000 for the best three entries and several consolation prizes of Rs 10,000 each in this category.

Who Can Apply
Individuals, from the unorganized sectors of the society, who have achieved distinction in improving quality and productivity without the aid of formal institutions, are invited to participate in the 9th National Biennial Competition for Unaided Green Grassroots Ideas, Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge. Ideas for innovative technologies which have not yet become products are also welcome.

NIF is very keen that women knowledge holders / innovators participate in this campaign in as large a number as possible. We have had rather limited participation from women in the past and we wish to rectify this situation with the cooperation of groups working with women in the unorganized sector.

How to participate
Individuals or groups may send as many entries as they wish on plain paper providing
a) technical details of the idea/innovation/traditional knowledge practice along with sketches, photos or videos wherever available/necessary b) genesis of idea/innovation or traditional knowledge c) educational qualification of the innovators/ traditional knowledge holders and occupation,
d) complete postal address with pin code and contact number(s) and e) any other information that may seem necessary.

Herbal entries may be accompanied by properly dried plant samples to enable correct identification. The last date for the 9th Biennial Competition is March 31, 2015. Entries received after this date will be included in the 10th National Biennial Competition 2015-17.

Where to send entries
National Coordinator (Scouting and Documentation), National Innovation Foundation, Satellite Complex, Premchandnagar Road, Jodhpur Tekra, Ahmedabad 380015 Gujarat.
Email: campaign@nifindia.org
Note: Any doubts/queries may also be sent to the above mentioned address/email.

Important dates
The last date for submission of entries for the 9th biennial competition
is March 31st 2015.

For more details, please visit:
www.nif.org.in/announcement
Published on 5/24/2014 5:09:00 PM

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