Accelerating Catalyzing Solutions for Climate Change’s Impact on Agriculture in India – GCI/BIRAC – ₹80 Lakh Grant


Accelerating Catalyzing Solutions for Climate Change's Impact on Agriculture in India GCI/BIRAC

 Climate change impacts various aspects of Indian agriculture, encompassing both gradual shifts and extreme occurrences, and they are interlinked with food security, ecosystem services, and health. The Grand Challenges India call on Accelerating Catalyzing Solutions for Climate Change’s Impact on Agriculture in India is directed at addressing challenges in the agri-food system in the context of climate variability and change. The program aims to delivers short-term and long-term outputs that help agriculture and food system to adapt to climate change and can provide evidence to decision makers to mainstream climate resilient agriculture in agricultural policies.
The call seeks innovative research and pilot/feasibility projects utilizing transdisciplinary approaches to better adapt to mitigate or reverse the combined, deleterious effects of climate change on agriculture in India. The proposals should cater towards development of scientific and technological solutions as well as action research enabled by innovation, technology development, or knowledge creation for evidence-based policy. We are especially interested in  
 i) locally led, system-level innovations that are scalable and sustainable and   
ii) cross-cutting solutions at the intersection of multiple scientific and engineering disciplines.

Who can apply?
Proposals are solicited from Indian nationals having good scientific record and working within the country in established academics, research institutions, agricultural research institutions, not-for-profit organizations/ trusts/ foundations.

This call is open to:
       i) In case of the applicant being an Indian academic scientist, researchers and Ph.D students (citizen of India) who must be willing to incubate at a recognized incubator submit a letter of intent for same.
      ii) Indian institution/ universities/ public research organization: Academic institutions established in India and having NAAC/ UGC/ AICTE or any equivalent recognition certificate or any other Public/Government supported organization; Non-profit organizations/ Government entities/ Institutes/ R&D Organizations will include Academic Research Institutes, Universities, Research Foundation, Medical Colleges and Institutes – both public and private who are valid legal entities such as Trust, Society or established under central or state statute.
     iii) An Indian Company is defined as one which is registered under the Indian Companies Act, 2013 and minimum 51% of the shares of the Company should be held by Indian Citizens holding Indian passport [Indian Citizens do not include Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India(OCI) holders].
     iv) Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 having a minimum half of the persons who subscribed their names to the LLP document as its Partners should be Indian citizens [Indian Citizens do not include Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) holders].
     v) Society/ Trust/ NGO/ Foundation/ Association established in India under the relevant Indian Law having at least half of the stakeholders (partners/ trustees/ members/ associates etc.) as Indians.

Note: The evaluation of eligibility shall be based on the status of documents as on the closing date of the call.

How to apply?

Applications are required to be submitted online only. For program details and submission of application, please log on to BIRAC website (
For queries, please contact:
Mission DirectorGrand Challenges India, Email:
Senior Program Manager, Grand Challenges India, Email:
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