Empowering Youth for Undertaking Value Added Innovative Translational Research (E-YUVA)
Formerly known as University Innovation Cluster (UIC)
Dept. of Biotechnology, UAS, Dharwad.
Funded by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) - A Government of India Enterprise
The new program of E-YUVA focuses on encouraging young talents to pursue Entrepreneurship in the field of Biotechnology and allied subjects. Formerly known as the University Innovation Cluster, E-YUVA scheme has come up with additional guidelines and a fresh approach wherein Undergraduate Students are being given the opportunity to innovate, explore and establish themselves as budding entrepreneurs.
BIRAC, the funding agency is mandated to promote a culture of applied research and need-oriented (societal or industry) entrepreneurial innovation among young students and researchers through this program.
The scheme aims to encourage students at various levels including undergraduates, postgraduates, and post-doctorates by extending financial support through fellowship and research grants, along with providing technical and business mentoring, exposure to bio incubation model, orientation to an entrepreneurial culture, industry-academia collaborations, exposure visits, etc.
The scheme provides support under the following two categories:
BIRAC’s Innovation Fellows (for postgraduates and above)
BIRAC’s E-YUVA Fellows (for undergraduate students)
Our E-YUVA Centre (EYC) located at the Department of Biotechnology, UAS, Dharwad is being funded by the Biotechnology Innovation Research and Assistance Council (BIRAC) and has been operational currently with three Innovation Fellows conceptualizing their individual projects of developing unique and novel products. The main focus of EYC has been the development of a strategic action plan to foster the culture of innovation and techno-entrepreneurship in the field of Agri-biotechnology and allied subjects. This includes stakeholders in the entire value chain from idea discovery to proof of concept to prototype development/pilot studies to validation and commercialization. We provide pre-incubation support to effectively translate innovative ideas into products thereof. Such support will include Technical infrastructure, Technology training, IP management, Technology business management, access to Venture Capital finance for setting up the industry etc.