Call For Proposals on COVID 19-Therapeutics

Department of Biotechnology


The occurrence of COVID-19 elevated intense attention not only within India but internationally however still we do not have fully approved (by US-FDA or CDSCO) medication for treating people infected with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV‑2. People infected with this new coronavirus have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild to severe illness — often appearing 2 – 14 days after exposure to the SARS-CoV‑2 virus. As the disease counts rise in India, it is of utmost importance to develop therapeutics that could be helpful in treating the patients infected with Corona virus. Effective strategies for prophylaxis and holistic management are of paramount importance in curtailing the progress of the disease and reducing burden on hospitals.

DBT/BIRAC have already announced two calls, under COVID 19 consortium, inviting proposals in the areas of Vaccines, Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Any other intervention. In continuation, the present call is being announced in the area of Therapeutics.


The scope of this call is to address at least one of the following objectives:

  • Development of therapeutics to address a rapid response towards the current COVID-19 outbreak: relevant clinical ready”-assets including approved therapies or compounds in development, which could be repurposed for use in treating patients with the coronavirus.
  • Development of therapeutics to address the current and/​or future coronavirus outbreaks: identification of new potential assets and approaches that could be utilised including preventive strategies and combination approaches and could also address potential resistance. This may also include optimisation of promising treatments used in rapid response.

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To Apply

  • Proposals are required to be submitted online through BIRAC website only. Online proposal submission can be done by registered users. The RFP will be open for a period of 15 days. Process for submitting the proposals online is detailed below: 
  • Log on to the BIRAC website (www​.birac​.nic​.in)
  • Registered users may log-in using the credentials and new users need to register the institution with by clicking on New User Registration. 
  • In case of new user registration, a computer generated password is sent to the email-id provided at the time of registration. 
  • Upon login, the user is navigated to the page displaying the specific scheme link. 
  • Click on the link under Programmes and the active call would be highlighted. 
  • Click on the active call against which the proposal needs to be submitted. 
  • Applicants should fill-up and submit their applications early honouring the established deadline, without waiting for the last date in order to avoid any last minute contingencies/​clogging of website. The system stops accepting applications automatically at midnight of the last date of receipt of application. 
  • Applicants are advised to provide sufficient details in their applications to allow for an informed and fair evaluation/​review process. Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials 
  • Requests for changes in the proposal once submitted will not be entertained. 
  • Providing incorrect information or employing corrupt or fraudulent practices shall be viewed adversely. 

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