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Title: Nitin Maurya

Building bridges between informal and formal
science Grassroots Innovations Incubation
Experiences from India
Nitin Maurya 4th December 2012 ICCIG, TUFE,
Tianjin, China
Innovation mindscape
In situ at the innovators place Ex situ NIF
or an engineering or a RD institution Innovator
as an incubator - community workshops
Grassroots Innovations Traditional Knowledge
Identify Develop

  • Ideas
  • Innovations
  • TK
  • Market research
  • Product
  • IPR
  • Financial
  • Strategic
  • Managerial
  • Transactional
  • Moral
  • Other
  • Success Stories
  • Brand Building
  • Linkages
  • Education Awareness
  • Change Agents
  • Benefit TK holder/innovator

Incubation process
The Golden Triangle of Creativity
Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network
To facilitate the conversion of grassroots
innovations into products and sustainable
  • Scouted more than 1, 60,000, ideas, innovations,
    traditional knowledge practices (Not all
    unique, not all distinct)
  • Over 550 patents applications filed (In India,
    under PCT, USA)
  • 19 applications filed under the Protection of
    Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act (PPVFRA)
  • Over 1000 projects supported for validation
    value addition
  • 179 projects supported under Micro Venture
    Innovation Fund (MVIF)
  • Transferred 70 technologies to 80 licensees

IncubationSelected Examples
Energy Low cost wind mill for lifting ground
Mehtar Hussain Mushtaq Ahmad, Assam, India NIF
Awards- 4th 6th National Biennial Competitions
(2007 2009) Technology Transfer to Choudhary
Enterprises Social Diffusion
Original bamboo windmill
About 1500 -1600 lit / hr_at_ wind speed of 8 10
km/hr, 50 windmills installed in salt farming
regions of Gujarat with support of Alstom
Foundation, research on power generation ongoing
Agriculture Herbal formulation for growth
promotion in crops
Community Knowledge, Gujarat Validation and
Product Development at SRISTI Laboratory,
Veterinary Herbal formulation for mastitis
Ukhardiyabhai Somabhai Raot, Gujarat, India
Validation Status Animal Husbandry Dept., Pondicherry SRISTI Sanshodhan Lab, Gujarat Animal Husbandry Dept., Pondicherry SRISTI Sanshodhan Lab, Gujarat
IPR status Patent CS filed A.N.273/MUM/2007
Recognition Award in 5th National Biennial Awards(2009) Award in 5th National Biennial Awards(2009)
Technology Transfer Matrix Bio Sciences Pvt. Ltd. Matrix Bio Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
Current Technology Status Selling under brand name Mastiherb Selling under brand name Mastiherb
Disease/Ailment Disease/Ailment Mastitis
Plant Name Common withheld
Plant Name Scientific withheld
Part Used Part Used Bark
Human Herbal formulation for heel cracks
Community Knowledge, Gujarat Product Development
at SRISTI Laboratory, Ahmedabad Toxicity Study
at IITR, Lucknow
Various constituent herbs of Care Care have
been reported found to have anti-inflammatory,
anti microbial, anti-pruritic actions, which
offer regeneration of skin tissue.
Plant Variety Improved Varieties of Wheat,
Paddy, Mustard Pigeon pea
Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi, Uttar Pradesh,
India NIFs Award in 5th National Biennial
Competition (2009)
Features of the new varieties Wheat Higher
number of ear bearing tillers lengthy spikes
more number of seeds per spike hardy stem high
protein content. Paddy Higher number of panicle
bearing tillers more number of seeds per
spike. Pigeon pea Bold seeds, robust stem, more
number of pods per plant. Mustard Bunchy
siliquae, higher number of seeds per siliqua,
synchronous maturity higher oil content.
Testing/Trials NIF facilitated the trials at
NRCRM-Bharatpur, IIPR-Kanpur, NDUAT Faizabad,
CSUAT-Kanpur IPR Status Applications for five
varieties of wheat and pigeon pea have been filed
for registration under PPVFR Act-2001.
Registration certificate has been issued for
Kudrat 9 wheat variety. Diffusion Status
Prakash Singh had given 1000 quintal seeds of
wheat and paddy varieties to the farmers of Uttar
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra
Pradesh, Haryana Gujarat and Rajasthan. MVIF
Supported with an amount of Rs. 1,90,000/- (about
21000 Yuan, 3800 ), all of which fully repaid.
Nutraceutial Herbal cookies
Community Knowledge, Gujarat Cornnif
  • Ingredients
  • Zea mays (maize)
  • Triticum vulgare (wheat)
  • Glycine max (Soyabean)
  • Cicer arietinum (Daliya)
  • Nutraceutical properties
  • Rich in calcium
  • Rich in protein
  • Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Rich in dietary fibre
  • Rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium
  • Repair the body tissues.
  • Energy booster
  • Improves General health and metabolic
  • Rich in Antioxidants

MVIF ( Micro Venture Innovation Fund)
  • Realizing the need of extending risk capital to
    grassroots innovators, NIF established a
    dedicated risk fund for such innovators named as
    MVIF of Rs 4 crore for ten years with the
    support of SIDBI in October2003.
  • Only of its kind micro venture risk fund, which
    extends financial support to grassroots
    innovators under a single signature on an simple
    agreement of understanding without any collateral
    or a guarantor.
  • Unlike micro finance or conventional venture
    funds, MVIF invests in risk areas with high
    failure probability, investing in those
    technologies and products for which either market
    does not exist or may be very limited.
  • Apart from financial returns, one of the key
    criteria for selection of a technology for MVIF
    support is social return or social value created
    for the benefit of society at large.

Projects supported across the country
Milking machineRaghava Gowda, KarnatakaSold
more than 10,000 machines In India and abroad.
Has opened office in Sri Lanka
Selected cases of MVIF investment
Multi purpose processing machineDharamveer
Kamboj, Haryana Over 75 units sold in 13 states
of the country and Kenya
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Product enquiries Product enquiries Product enquiries
S. No. Innovation/product Countires
1 Coconut/palm tree climbing device USA, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Australia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Iran, West Indies, Malaysia
2 Entech oil expeller USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Phillipines, Canada, Kenya, Colombia, S. Africa, Switzerland, Poland, Indonesia, Belgium
3 Garlic peeling machine Slovenia, USA, Turkey, Peru, Singapore, Iran , Venezuela, Pakistan
4 Pomegranate deseeding machine USA, Australia, Turkey, Venezuela, Hongkong, Israel, Netherlands, Thailand, UAE, Iran, United Kingdom
5 Cassava peeling machine Congo, USA, Benin, Nigeria, Kenya, UAE, Uganda
6 Aaruni tilting cart Uganda
7 Coconut defibring machine China
8 Coconut dehusker Mexico, New Zealand, USA, Philippines, Bangladesh
9 Lemon cutting machine S. Africa
10 Milking machine Bangladesh, Uganda, Ecuador
11 Palm leaf mat weaving machine Fiji
12 Rain Gun (Chandraprabha) Sudan
13 Tea making machine Bangladesh,
14 Tile making machine Bangladesh, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia
15 Trench digging machine Pakistan
16 Zero head water turbine Egypt
17 Arecanut dehusking machine Chile
  • Sales Realised
  • Coconut tree climber - USA, Australia, Maldives,
    Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mexico, West Indies, Malaysia
  • Pomegranate deseeder -Turkey, USA
  • Garlic peeling machine -Pakistan
  • Arecanut husker - Singapore
  • Milking machine - Phillipines, Uganda, Ethiopia
  • Resin grading machine -Peru
  • Cassava peeling machine - Kenya
  • Herbal growth promoters - Ghana

Grassroots Technological Innovation Acquisition
Fund (GTIAF) A fund to acquire the rights of
socially useful grassroots technologies by making
a payment to the innovators who retain the right
to work on their technologies. NIF can then
license the same to a number of entrepreneurs
across the country on a low cost or a no cost
basis or declare the same open source for the
larger benefit of the society. It can also pool
together desired characters of different versions
of a technology and develop new prototypes. NIF
acquired the rights of 70 technologies this year
and is preparing the plan to socially diffuse
Thank You
National Innovation Foundation India Department
of Science and Technology, Govt. of India ? ?? ??
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In support of grassroots innovations ? ?? ? ?? ??