Applications Invited for Cummins CSR Grant

Applications Invited for Cummins CSR Grant

Organization: Venture Center

Apply By: 10 Jun 2023

Grant Amount: 1000000 INR

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About the Organization

The Venture Center is India's largest science business incubator.

The Venture Center is a technology business incubator specializing in technology startups offering products and services exploiting scientific expertise in the areas of materials, chemicals and biological sciences & engineering. Venture Center strives to nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the "Pune region" in India.

About the Grant

Cummins India Foundation – Venture Center CSR Collaboration aims to support entrepreneurs / start ups working on technologies with potential social impact. This collaboration was launched in F.Y. 2021-2022.

Under its Corporate Social Responsibility activities Cummins India Foundation has provided funding for implementing technologies with potential social impact relating to energy & environment at Venture Centre.


  • To support technology incubation and technology entrepreneurs associated with Venture Center, an incubator approved by the Central Government (DST-NSTEDB and DBT – BIRAC of Ministry of Science and Technology).
  • Promote application of modern/advanced technologies to socio-economic problem solving


Nature of projects supported


  • The project needs to define a technology solution to a well-defined problem
  • The technology should be innovative/ novel
  • Project should be focused on implementing a technology / conducting pilot studies.

Not eligible

  • Pure software development with no IP potential
  • Pure academic research

Focus Areas

  • The areas which will be considered for grant are called as key focus areas and are listed down as follows
  • Energy & Environment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy
  • Air pollution
  • Provisions for drinking water
  • Waste management
  • Alternative Energy
  • Environment Clean tech 
  • Biomass utilization etc…
  • Eligibility of Applicants and Project Leaders for projects
  • Every project proposal will need to identify a Project Leader and an Applicant/ Grantee
  • The Project Leader (PL) will be an individual who will take responsibility for executing the project.

The Applicant or Grantee can be either of the following:

  • Case 1: Applicant is an individual
  • Case 2: Applicant is a company
  • PL has to be an individual (one person).
  • PL is required to be at least 18 years of age as on the date of call for applications.
  • PL is required to be Indian Citizen. An Indian citizen is defined as one who is in possession of a government approved proof of nationality such as a valid passport, voter’s id etc. Exceptional cases of foreign nationals with potential for impact in India will be considered.
  • PL has to pursue the project or startup full time with no other concurrent commitments during the project duration.
  • PL cannot be pursuing a long-term academic/research project (like doctoral students) with significant obligations during the project duration.
  • PL must have completed basic undergraduate training in natural sciences/engineering/ medicine. Essential qualification is PhD/ MTech/ BTech/ BPharm /MD/ MBBS/ BDS/ MSc / MPhil/ M Des/ MPH /MBA / MSW and equivalents, with under‐ graduate training in Science, Medicine, Engineering. Applicants with a BSc degree with at least 1 year of full-time work or research experience shall also be eligible
  • If Applicant is a company, the Company/LLP should be registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956/2013
  • The company should be owned by resident Indian citizens i.e. minimum 51% of the capital is beneficially owned by resident Indian citizen(s) and / or Indian companies, which are ultimately owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens

How to Apply

Call Open: 15 May to 10 June 2023

The maximum support that can be provided per project is upto Rs. 10 lakhs

  • Duration of the project should be only upto 6-8 months.
  • Applicants are requested to go through the guidelines and eligibility criteria before applying.
  • All applicants will apply by filling the online application form and mailing the necessary documents.
  • Click on the following link to fill the online application form : https://forms.gle/HPw3RsT3YcDWGZ4H7
  • Documents to be submitted :
  • Appendix 1 : Attach CV or Resume
  • Appendix 2 : Presentation introducing your business venture
  • Appendix 3 : Proposal describing the specific project for which you require funding and the milestone breakup for 6 months (please include budget details)

Mail all the following documents to the following Email Id : amruta@venturecenter.co.in

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