NIF provides an institutional platform for the knowledge-rich, economically poor people. It is committed to making India innovative by documenting, adding value, protecting intellectual property rights of the contemporary unaided technological innovators, as well as outstanding traditional knowledge holders on a commercial as well as non-commercial basis. A National Register of green Grassroots Technological Innovations and Traditional Knowledge has been developed for the purpose. Alongside, there would also be a separate database based on people’s knowledge (PKD) which would act as repository of knowledge with direct inputs from Peoples’ Biodiversity Register (PBR) as well as directly from knowledge holders or through collaborators. Even those practices, which are not considered acceptable for national register, may be kept in the PKD so as to understand and benchmark the way society thinks about various issues. It will also help in targeting certain specific beliefs, which may even need to be questioned and changed.
Objectives of NIF
1) To help India become an innovative and creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies by scouting, spawning and sustaining grassroots innovations.
2) To ensure evolution and diffusion of green grassroots innovations in a time bound and a mission oriented manner so as to meet the socio-economic and environmental needs of our society.
3) To facilitate scaling up of grassroots green innovations, seeking self-reliance through competitive advantage of innovation based enterprises, and application of people generated sustainable technologies at grassroots level.
4)To influence public policy and conduct, co-ordinate and support research, design and development efforts in the country on grassroots innovations so as to attain and maintain technological competence. To enable protection of the intellectual property rights of the knowledge holders wherever applicable.
5)To build linkages between excellence in formal scientific systems and informal knowledge systems and create a Knowledge Network to link various stakeholders through applications of information technologies and also otherwise.
6)To promote wider social awareness and possible commercial and non commercial applications of know-how generated as a result of above and encourage their incorporation in educational curriculum, developmental policies and programmes.
Milestone achieved by NIF
(i) Technology Transfer
Eighteen technologies have been licensed primarily through GIAN West and lately through GIAN Northeast and also through SEVA, Madurai. The benefits have been shared with the innovators as per the Prior Informed Consent framework. An incubation committee has been set up to advise NIF on the incubation process. An on line incubation monitoring system is also being developed.
(ii) Intellectual Property Rights Protection:
NIF and its various regional offices viz. GIANs have filed 67 patents and three design registrations in India out of which two patents and one design registration have been granted in India. Also, seven patents were filed in the USA out of which 3 have been granted in USA through the pro bono help of THt and a Boston based IPR firm.
(iii) Business Development:
• Eighteen technologies have been licensed to one/multiple parties per technology, primarily through GIAN West and GIAN North-East and also through a regional collaborator viz. SEVA, Madurai. The benefits have been shared with the innovators as per the Prior Informed Consent framework
• Facilitated development of more than 61 enterprise developments for manufacturing and marketing the innovations.
• Micro venture finance and incubation support have been arranged for more than 60 innovation
• A good number of international business queries are also being received.