The scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, institutions and companies engaged in the areas of biotechnology and biological sciences including agriculture, biomedical and environmental sciences can be nominated by the members of Scientific Advisory Committee of the Department of Biotechnology (SAC-DBT), Standing Overseas Committee (SAC‑O) of the Department of Biotechnology, Vice-Chancellors/Directors of Universities/Deemed Universities; Chairman, UGC; Director-Generals/Heads of agencies such as CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DRDO, etc; Directors of National Research Institutions/Laboratories, Presidents of scientific societies and academics of all India character; Secretaries of S&T departments/user-ministries such as DST, DSIR, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Environment & Forests, New and Renewable Energy, Atomic Energy, Space, Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, Rural Development, Health & Family Welfare, HRD, etc., Member (science) in the Planning Commission, Heads of Industry/Biotech/Pharmaceuticals Associations such as FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, AlBA, IDMA, etc. and reputed voluntary non-government organizations. Nominations will have to be sent in the prescribed proforma. The nominations from individuals/institutions/companies sponsoring their own names will not be considered.
The selection of the applicants for the award will be made on the basis of the recommendations of Selection Committee constituted specifically for the purpose by the Department of Biotechnology. The contributions made by the candidates especially during the last five years will be a major consideration in the selection of the applicant for the award.
The awards will be given to the selected nominees at a formal function organized by the Department of Biotechnology in New Delhi on Technology Day, the 11th May every year.