The Scheme

National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) is an umbrella programme conceived and developed by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, for nurturing ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful start-ups.

Under this initiative, DST has launched NIDHI- Promoting and Accelerating Young and ASpiring innovators & startups (NIDHI-PRAYAS) program. The program caters to idea-stage entrepreneurs with a physical product offering, who require support for prototyping. It would also facilitate the innovators with the Physical infrastructure, Technical Guidance, Business Mentorship etc.

The program is made possible with the support from DST, the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), and SINE, IIT-Mumbai, THe project management unit for the NIDHI-PRAYAS program.

Objectives of PRAYAS Prototyping Grant

  • Enable translation of an innovative idea to a prototype.
  • Provide a platform for faster experimentation and modify approaches in the idea to market journey.
  • Generate innovative solutions relevant to the local and global problems.
  • Attract a large number of youth who demonstrates problem solving zeal and abilities
  • A pre-incubation program or pipeline activity leading to startup incubation. Ideal end point is venture creation and development.

Eligibility Criteria

Please refer to the eligibility criteria here. Eligibility_Final_v3_11.03.2020

Application Form

Please fill out application form, and send it to the email list below:

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If you are a registered startup, please fill out the form in the name of a Founder / Co-founder and send it to us.

Application Deadline – Round 5

Application for Round 5 is now being accepted till September 30, 2020.


Please email us on for queries, or the filled out the application form to the same email if you wish to apply.

You can view the list of awardees here:

Abdul Thameem Bluewave – Portable Onshore  Energy Generator
Anirudh Katti (Dwail Pvt Ltd) PlayMetrix – Cricket Bat Swing Detector
Anuj Kushwaha (Inspired Kinematics Pvt Ltd ) Storage System for homes / warehouses
Mughilan T R (Skylark Drones Pvt Ltd) Drone solution for Solar Energy Infrastructure
Shilpi Sen (Prayasta 3D Inventions Pvt Ltd) Design of Silicone 3D Printer
Varun Mittal (Emflux Motors Pvt Ltd) Electric Superbike charger
Yatin Varacchia Kitchen-X Fully Automated Kitchen
Gautham Pasupuleti (Biodesign Innovations Pvt Ltd ) Low-Cost Ventilator
Aditya Kedlaya (Astrogate Labs India Pvt Ltd) Optical communication terminal for cubesats
Satish Kalme (Comofi Medtech Pvt Ltd) Low-cost robotic device for renal access during PCNL
Bharath Pai (LogicHive Solutions Pvt Ltd) Hydrostatic Pressure Energy Conversion
Dr. Bineeta Srivastava (Ameliorate Biotech Pvt Ltd) Saliva base glycemic testing and monitoring Device
Gaurav Gupta (MyOm Neurotech Pvt Ltd) MyOm- Meditation assisting headband