DST invites proposals for fighting COVID-19

The Technology Development Board (TDB), a statutory body under Department of Science & Technology (DST) is inviting proposals from Indian enterprises to address protection and home-based respiratory intervention for COVID-19 patients.

The proposal may include technologically innovative solutions like low-cost masks, cost-effective scanning devices, technologies for sanitization of large areas as well as for contactless entry, rapid diagnostic kits and oxygenators and ventilators. Proposals may be submitted online via TDB website www.tdb.gov.in on or before 27th March, 2020

The Board provides financial assistance by means of soft loans (up to 50% of project cost @ 5% simple interest per annum), Equity participation (up to a maximum of 25% of the project cost) or grant in exceptional cases, for encouraging the commercial application of indigenously developed technology and for adapting imported technology to wider domestic application.

The submitted proposals will be evaluated on the basis of scientific, technical, commercial, and financial merits. The areas in which the technologically innovative solutions are invited include: Low-cost masks which can capture virus from the air and absorb respiratory droplets; Cost-effective Thermal Scanning; Large area sanitization and sterilization; Bioinformatics and Surveillance; Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis kit; AI and IoT based solution for contact-less entry; Oxygenators and ventilators (low cost and portable); and any other related technology.

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