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Innovation Promotion

Innovation Promotion

Technological changes through innovations and R&D has been the main driving force for increased productivity, economic growth, social transformation and for reshaping and redefining every sphere of our lives Technological leadership is one of the major factors in achieving global leadership economically.

Information, Communication Technology and Electronics (ICTE) is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry and is increasingly finding applications in all sectors of economy. The competitiveness of various industries is increasingly being determined by their ability to integrate ICTE in their business processes. Thus ICTE has come to be accepted as a key enabler in development and is globally being accepted as a “Meta-resource”.

DeitY has acknowledged the R&D and promotion of innovation as an integral part of Electronics & ICT ecosystem and it has been supporting the entire value chain of R&D activities in the country ranging from the basic components to sophisticated product development.

The R&D Group on Innovation Promotion has from time to time initiated a plethora of programmes and schemes for encouraging collaborative R&D linkages between industry and academics and boosting technology entrepreneurship at the nascent level.

Two schemes are being supported to encourage innovation in ICTE sector:

1) Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE)

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is implementing a scheme titled “Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE)”. Initially launched in 2008 the scheme has been revised and extended till March 2017. As per the scheme provision, 27 centres are being supported at academic institutions across India.

TIDE has a multipronged approach in diverse areas of Electronics, ICT and Management. It aims to assist institutions of higher learning to strengthen their Technology Incubation Centers and enable young entrepreneurs to initiate technology startup companies for commercial exploitation of technologies developed by them.

TIDE Incubation Centers provide a gamut of services to new enterprises and facilitate linkages congenial for their survival and growth. The centres network with Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists who provide mentoring and financial support to the startups and enable tenant companies to mature over a period of 2-3 years and ultimately graduate to a commercial place to transact actual business.

DeitY is providing financial and policy support for strengthening technology incubation activities on the premise that this would in the long run result in indigenous development of products and packages in the ICTE sector.

The major objectives of the scheme are:

  • Setting up and strengthening Technology Incubation Centres in institutions of higher learning,
  • Nurture Technology Entrepreneurship Development for commercial exploitation of technologies developed by them,
  • Promoting product oriented research and development,
  • Encourage development of indigenous products and packages and bridging the gap between R&D and commercialization.
  1. Details of Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs(TIDE) Scheme[PDF]285.33 KB
  2. List of Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs(TIDE) Centres[PDF]111.25 KB
  3. Statewise list of Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs(TIDE) Centres[PDF]98.81 KB
  4. Details of Startups[PDF]6.59 MB
  5. Capacity Building under TIDE Scheme[PDF]62.36 KB
  6. Major Outcomes of TIDE Scheme[PDF]62.48 KB

2) Multiplier Grant Scheme (MGS)

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is implementing Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS). MGS aims to encourage collaborative R&D between industry and academics/ R&D institutions for development of products and packages. Under the scheme, if industry supports R&D for development of products that can be commercialized at institution level, then government will also provide financial support that is up to twice the amount provided by industry. The proposals for getting financial support under the scheme are to be submitted jointly by the industry and institutions.

The Scheme is extended upto 31st March 2020 with a total outlay of Rs. 36 Crores and DeitY contribution of Rs. 24 Crore. The Technology Development Council (TDC) budget head will be used for implementation of this scheme. Based on this pilot implementation and feedback, the scheme would be reviewed by Working Group.

The major objectives of the scheme are:

  • Establish, nurture and strengthen the linkages between the Industry and Institutes;
  • To promote industry oriented R&D at institutes;
  • Encourage and accelerate development of indigenous products and packages; and
  • Bridge the gap between R&D / Proof-of-concept and commercialization /
  • globalization.
  1. Details of Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)[PDF]192.25 KB
  2. On-going projects under Multiplier Grants Scheme (MGS)[PDF]226.85 KB
  3. Invitation of Project Proposals[PDF]81.57 KB
  4. Terms and Conditions Governing Grants[PDF]67.88 KB
  5. Application form for submission of joint R&D project proposal by the industry and academic/ Government R&D Lab under MGS[PDF]102.36 KB
  6. IPR/ Royalty Agreement[PDF]5.84 KB

For Further Information:


Dr. A.K. Garg
Scientist "F" / Director
Innovation & IPR Division
Government of India 
Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology 
Electronics Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road 
New Delhi – 110 003 
Telephone: +91- 11-24364799 (Office)
E-mail: ajaik[at]meity[dot]gov[dot]in