FAQs

Can I edit my application after submission?

No, you cannot edit your application after you have submitted.

Can I submit more than one application for different innovations?

Yes, you can submit multiple applications within the above focus areas and evaluation criteria as mentioned. Please note that each application is associated with one email address. Therefore, please use different email addresses if you are making more than one application.

What is the maximum file size of an upload in the online application?
The maximum file size of an upload in the online application is 10Mb.
How many projects will be selected for support per problem statement?
We do not have any limit on the number of awardees for the problem statements outlined above. The final decision on proposals will be purely assessed on merit.
What are the various levels of TRL?

TRL 9 – Technology has been applied in its final form and is operational. 

TRL 8 – Technology is proven and developed but not yet operational or applied anywhere. 

TRL 7 – Actual system prototype is near completion or ready and has been demonstrated in an operational environment or is at the pilot level. 

TRL 6 – The prototype is being tested in a simulated operational environment or a high-fidelity laboratory environment. 

TRL 5 – Technology has been put together and can be tested in a simulated environment. 

TRL 4 – Basic technological components have been integrated to establish that they work together. 

TRL 3 – Proof of Concept stage / Active R&D/ Advanced prototype has been initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. 

TRL 2 – Technology concept/application formulated 

TRL 1 – There are paper studies to support the technology’s basic properties. 

What would be the funding size for my innovation?

IHF, BCKICF and KIIT TBI do not suggest any funding (grant and/or equity) size for the proposal submitted in the Quest. The financial ask should be realistic and in alignment with the proposed work. The decision to approve the funding request, periodicity, and the conditions of the disbursements lies with IHF BCKICF and KIIT TBI.

Who will provide funding for my innovation?

IHF, BCKICF and KIIT TBI are strong believers in collaborative funding models to bring about a bigger impact and multiplier effect in the infectious disease ecosystem. The proportion of co-funding and support sought from IHF, BCKICF and KIIT TBI will be assessed and may vary on a case-to-case basis. As an important part of the evaluation process, we request all applicants to keep IHF, BCKICF and KIIT TBI updated on any co-funding and partnership efforts regarding the application. We value transparency in the funding process

Can I apply simultaneously for multiple funding for the same innovation?

Yes, but you should declare and mention all types of funding received including grants, and equity dilution at the time of application. You should also justify why you are seeking multiple avenues of funding for the same project. Please note that gap funding for covering a shortfall of funds in an existing project will not be provided. Kindly do not apply with proposals of such a nature.

For what purposes can the funding provided be utilized?
The Quest is meant for post proof-of-concept innovations (at or above TRL-5) that need to be scaled. Therefore, funding can be utilized for product/technology development, clinical testing and validation, commercial validation, and associated expenses for the same (e.g., labor and talent, consumables, equipment, project-related travel, etc.). The funding should be solely restricted to work within the focus areas mentioned.
Can consortiums apply for funding through the Quest?

Yes, consortiums can apply, however, it is important that the roles of the consortium participants are clearly pre-defined. At least one entity that proposes to receive the grant money, must be a registered/incorporated organization in India.

Can an international agency be part of the consortium?
Yes, an international agency can be part of the consortium. However, they cannot be the recipient of funds, all fund disbursals will be done to entities registered in India only. These agencies can certainly be scientific contributors to the projects.
What does due diligence entail?

The due diligence includes a holistic evaluation of your organization and the application. It will cover aspects, including but not limited to, technical and operational feasibility and rationality, the progress of the clinical study, financial assessment, and refinement of the business model. It will also include reflecting on the long-term vision, goal, and intermediary outcomes envisaged in the proposal, project implementation plan, and competence of the applicant.

Due diligence may require multiple iterations between IHF/BCKICF/KIIT TBI and respective expert panels, external independent auditors who may be hired to assist in the process, and applicants. Awards will be announced purely on a merit basis and after satisfying the rigorous due diligence process. Mere satisfactory completion of due diligence does not entitle an applicant to funding and support.

Can an organization that is getting registered soon apply?

No, applicant organizations will have to produce relevant supporting documents if they are shortlisted, without which the shortlist process cannot proceed. Therefore, the applicant should apply with the registration document.

Is it possible to apply in languages other than English?

The Quest is accepting applications only in English. However, if applicable, you can submit supporting documents in a vernacular language while giving us a translated copy in English of the same. 

Why do we need information related to Intellectual Property and Information Access?

IHF, BCKICF and KIIT TBI work toward saving human lives as their highest priority and this will be the guiding philosophy for promoting solutions towards achieving the goal. Therefore, IHF encourages applicants to share knowledge, processes, and solutions that emerge from the project for the benefit of society and accelerate the same in times of crisis and BCKICF & KIIT TBI emphasizes that the project outcomes be published in open access peer-reviewed journals. It is urged that the successful applicant disseminates information about the development of the solutions to a wider audience and stakeholders.

If I have an innovation related to infectious diseases that is not within the scope of the 3 problem statements mentioned above, how do I submit it for consideration to IHF, BCKICF and KIIT?

Proposals on innovations in infectious diseases related to care pathways, digitally-enabled surveillance, vector control, and AMR (Anti-microbial resistance) may be submitted to IHF at [email protected] and KIIT-TBI [email protected]  

Where can I submit queries while applying to the Quest?
Please submit your queries via email to [email protected] / [email protected]