Innovation Portal by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) | UPSC

Innovation Portal by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) | UPSC


Dr. Harsh Vardhan dedicates an Innovation Portal developed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India to the nation

      WHY IN NEWS:

“Best Economy is the Idea Economy and Innovation co-efficient is the most important for the progress of a country”: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Science & Technology
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3 : Portal : Start up India


The National Innovation Portal(NIP)  is currently home to about 1.15 lakh innovations scouted from common people of the country, covering Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary and Human Health.


  • Innovation Portal is a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • It is an excellent resource for students, entrepreneurs, MSME’s, Technology Business Incubators (TBI’s) and common people engaged in a variety of occupations.


Innovation Portal is developed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India


In terms of domain areas, presently the innovations cover :

Energy, mechanical, automobile, electrical, electronics, household, chemical, civil, textiles, Farm / cultivation practice, storage practice, plant variety, plant protection, livestock management, nutraceuticals etc.


The focus is on the solving problems and challenges through their creative potential and deployment of their innovative Science and Technology based solutions. 

  • The portal emphasises Traditional Knowledge, particularly herbal practices which stem from tribal areas, and is one of the key highlights of the Innovation Portal.


  • Innovation Portal will help institutionalise new ideas by common people towards finding solutions to local problems.
  • Best Economy is the Idea Economy and Innovative co-efficient is the most important for the progress of the country” that will drive the progress of the nation.

Innovation Portal will create an eco-system where the Institutions will stand behind all those who can convert their ideas and innovations into entrepreneurship.

  • A Stand-up Start-up system in the country should be encouraged to develop his or her ideas, irrespective of their background whether  rural, tribal or anyone with formal science background.
  • The Innovation Portal in coming days could be one of the significant contributions amongst all of our digital progress so far.
  • It would act as a bridge between people who are looking for Innovative solutions and those who had been at the helm of their evolution.
  • The Innovation Portal will help create local entrepreneurs out of grassroots ideas and will help bring ideas to the market.
  • NIF observed that innovation portal is a saga of determination of every Indian who believed in evolving his or her own solutions to fit the needs.


The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India was set up in March 2000 with the assistance of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

  • It is India’s national initiative to strengthen the grassroots technological innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge.


Its mission is to help India become a creative and knowledge-based society by expanding policy and institutional space for grassroots technological innovators.


  • NIF scouts, supports and spawns’ grassroots innovations developed by individuals and local communities in any technological field, helping in human survival without any help from formal sector.

NIF helps grassroots innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge holders get due recognition, respect and reward for their innovations 

  • It also tries to ensure that such innovations diffuse widely through commercial and/or non-commercial channels, generating material or non-material incentives for them and others involved in the value chain.


  • NIF has also set up an augmented Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) for product development and strengthening in-house research.
  • NIF has also filed applications for 74 plant varieties developed by farmers at the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority. Of these, 13 have successfully been registered.

Micro Venture Innovation Fund (MVIF) at NIF, with support from Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), has provided risk capital to 230 innovation based enterprise projects.

  • NIF has received over 1500 product inquiries from 110 countries for various technologies.
  • It has also succeeded in commercialising products across countries in six continents, apart from being successful in materialising 109 cases of technology licensing.
  • The grassroots to global (G2G) model that NIF is propagating is all set to change the way the world looks at creativity and innovations at/from grassroots.


  • The INSPIRE Award – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) is being revamped and executed by Department of Science & Technology and National Innovation Foundation-India.
  • The scheme aims to help build a critical human resource pool for strengthening, expand science and technology system and increase the research & development base. 

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Innovation Portal is an excellent resource for students, entrepreneurs, MSME’s, Technology Business Incubators (TBI’s) and common people engaged in a variety of occupations.
  • DST mentioned that this innovation portal is being on-boarded at a very appropriate time within the innovation eco-system of our nation, by way of coinciding with evolution of 5th National STI Policy of India.
     SOURCES:  PIB  | Innovation Portal by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) | UPSC



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