DST supported National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovation (NIDHI) programs

About NIDHI- PRomotion and Acceleration of Young and ASpiring innovators and start-ups (PRAYAS) program focuses on supporting innovators to develop their innovative idea into prototype.

This program would attract a large number of youngsters to come forward to try out their ideas without actually worrying about the failure. NIDHI-PRAYAS is positioned as a pre-incubation initiative.

Objectives of NIDHI- PRAYAS

    • To enable translation of an innovative idea to a prototype.
    • To provide a platform for faster experimentation and modify approaches in the idea to market journey.
    • To generate innovative solutions relevant to the local and global problems.
    • To attract a large number of youth who demonstrates problem solving zeal and abilities to work on their new technology/knowledge/innovation based startups.
    • To enhance the pipeline in terms of quality and quantity of innovative start ups to the incubators.
    •   To build a vibrant innovation ecosystem, by establishing a network between innovators, academia, mentors and incubators.

Benefits to NIDHI-PRAYAS recipients :

      • A prototype grant upto Rs. 10, 00,000/- to build their ideas into prototype.
      • Access to infrastructure, mentorship
      • Co-working spaces for developing idea into Prototype.

Eligibility – Click here


1] The applications received under the program, are subject to due diligence of screening process.  Only shortlisted participants will be notified/ informed about the final presentation to the monitoring committee.

2] Screening will be subject to the parameters other than the eligibility, such as Innovation, Potential for commercialization and venture creation, Team capability and Commitment etc.

3] The decision of the screening committee for approval and funding support will be final, firm and binding.

4] The final decision of screening committee will be communicated only to the approved applicants via email.

5] The approved applicants will have to agree for Pre incubation/ Incubation with SINE- TBI as per its incubation policy/terms.

6] Screening of applications will take 6-8 weeks, from the date of closure of online applications. Only selected candidates will be notified. No communication from SINE within the timeframe may be deemed as non-selection of your application for the program.

7] SINE will not provide any suggestion/explanation with regards to the application that are not selected.

Application :

Application Closed. 

For enquiries please email : nidhi-pc[@]