Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups, and MSMEs (PRISM) – UPSC Prelims

Nodal Ministry: PRISM is an initiative of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research(DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology.
Aim: To help an individual innovator to become a successful technopreneur. It promotes, supports, and funds implementable and commercially viable innovations created for society.
Who is eligible? Under the initiative, an innovator of Indian nationality – student, professional and common citizen is eligible.
Features:  Eligible candidates are provided with technical, strategic, and financial assistance by DSIR-PRISM. Assistance is provided on the stages like idea development, prototype development, and pilot scaling and patenting.
Sectors Covered: The proposals under the scheme will be accepted for the following sectors:
  • Green technology
  • Clean energy
  • Industrially utilizable smart materials
  • Waste to Wealth
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Water & Sewage Management and
  • Any other technology or knowledge-intensive area.
Financial Assistance: The grant under the scheme is given in two phases:
  • Phase I:
    • Category-I: For proof of concept/prototype/models, a grant amount of around Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs.
    • Category-II: For fabrication of working model/ process know-how/ testing, a grant amount of around Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs.
  • Phase II: For Enterprise incubation, a grant amount of a maximum of around Rs.50 lakhs.
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