DRDO Dare to Dream Innovation Contest 2019

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EligibilityIndividuals and Start Ups
AwardAwards up to INR 10,00,000

About the Program


DRDO Dare to Dream Innovation Contest 2019 is inviting applications from individuals or startups to participate in innovation contest. The winner will receive up to INR 10,00,000 award. The areas of focus for the contest are (where the candidate has already worked and innovated): AI, Autonomous systems, Soldier as System, Quantum Computing, Cyber Securities, Tera Hz communication, Smart Material and Hypersonic Technologies.

  • DRDO Dare to Dream Innovation Contest 2019

    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    • Be a citizen of India above 18 years of age
    • Be an individual or startups which are controlled by Indians and recognized by DIPP

    The selected applicants will receive the award in the following manner:

    For individuals:

    • 1st prize winner: INR 5 Lakh
    • 2nd prize winner: INR 4 lakh
    • 3rd prize winner: INR 3 lakh

    For Startups:

    • 1st prize winner: 10 lakh
    • 2nd prize winner: 8 lakh
    • 3rd prize winner: 6 lakh
    How can you apply?

    Follow the steps below to apply for the contest:

    Step 1: Visit the register link here and create a username and password to register for the contest.
    Step 2: Login to the contest page and fill up the information as required.
    Step 3: Provide information on name, address, email ID, pin code, pan card no etc.
    Step 4: Provide information on state, district, select kalam vision (5 challenges can be selected), the name of proposal etc.
    Step 5: Upload detailed proposal, publications, patents, grants and information on milestone based expenditure record etc.
    Step 6: Submit the form.

Selection Criteria

The contest entries received will be judged by a two-stage process:

  • Screened by domain expert committee
  • Short-listing and ranking by Independent Expert Committee
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Terms and Conditions
  • Provide information in the detailed transformation of the ideas into a product of utility, the resources on hand, the resources required, the timeframes, the constraints foreseen and any other additional requirements.
  • Briefly describe the innovation which will benefit the Defence and Aerospace, and when.
  • The applicants should explain what would they do if they are shortlisted for the challenge prize and what they would do with the award prize.
  • Give details of any other information the candidate would like to seek from DRDO.
  • An individual having start-up may apply in the capacity of Individual as well as Start-up.
  • Select the challenges for which the applicants would like to make submissions.
  • An individual or start-up can apply for not more than five areas of challenge.

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by August, 2022. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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