Amid the crisis being created by the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) is organising Challenge Covid-19 Competition (C3) to fight against the virus.
- NIF is organising the competition to fight the coronavirus pandemic through innovative solutions.
- The competition invites innovative citizens to generate creative ideas and innovations in reducing the transmission of coronavirus which can supplement the efforts of the government.
- Innovations should make activities like hand washing, sanitising home items, body and public places interesting.
- Also, the participants can provide innovative ideas on supply chain management and distribution of essential items especially to elderly, people with special needs, mentally challenged and differently-abled.
- Ideas on entertaining people in their homes, nutrition for healthy body, PPEs, expanding diagnostic testing facilities, ideas on contactless devices for corona-implementation, etc., can be suggested.
- The National Innovation Foundation (NIF) was set up in 2000 and is an autonomous body of DST.
- The aim of the Foundation is to scout, sustain, spawn and scale up grassroots innovation across the country.
- NIF is head-quartered at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- It biennially conducts a competition for grassroots green technologies where farmers, artisans, mechanics and others showcase their own original ideas developed without any help of professionals.
- The NIF validates novelty these innovations with the help of experts by conduction Prior Art Search (PAS).
- If the innovation is novel, the NIF files patent in the name of the innovator.
- Further, the NIF supports value-addition so that the innovation can become useful for large number of people.
- IGNITE competition, which was renamed as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE competition is also conducted by NIF in partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
- The foundation has also the mandate of registering ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge (TK) practices related to agriculture, plants, animal health and human health.