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An ecosystem that fosters Innovation and Technology Development for Defence and Aerospace.

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Vacancy circular for the post of Program Director/ Program Executive in iDEX, DIO. For Submission of application, Interested candidates must send their application on the link mentioned in advertisement and a copy of Resume to the following:- email id startup-ai2019[at]gov[dot]in before 11:59 PM on 10th October 2020.
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Last date: 30th November 2020 11:59PM

DISC 4 Challenges PMA Guidelines iDEX4Fauji


iDEX will engage Industries including MSMEs, start-ups,individual innovators, R&D institutes and academia and provide them grants/funding and other support to carry out R&D development which has good potential for future adoption for Indian defence and aerospace needs.

CORE Objectives

Facilitate rapid development of new, indigenized, and innovative technologies for the Indian defence and aerospace sector, to meet needs for these sectors in shorter timelines
Create a culture of engagement with innovative startups, to encourage co-creation for defence and aerospace sectors
Empower a culture of technology co-creation and co-innovation within the defence and aerospace sectors.

What we do

The SPARK grants - offered to startups selected through the DISC initiatives launched under the iDEX banner, are aimed at catalyzing open innovation enabling Indian innovators and entrepreneurs to deliver technologically advanced solutions to the Indian military. The primary goal, therefore, is delivering defence grade products to address the needs of the military identified through the challenges.

In order to achieve this these open innovation steps are taken up by the iDEX Program Management Unit.
01. Challenge curation
Organising various challenges / hackathons to shortlist potential technologies for defense and aerospace application.
02. outreach
Outreach and sourcing of innovations
03. HPSC Screening & Selection
Evaluate technologies and products in terms of their utility and impact on the Indian defense and aerospace setup.
04. Spark grants appraisal & contracts
Enable and fund pilots, using innovation funds dedicated to the purpose.
05. product co-development
Interface with the military (Army/Navy/Airforce) top brass about key innovtive technologies & encourage their adoption with suitable assistance.
06. product acceptance & certification
Facilitate scale-up indigenization and integration in manufacturing facilities for successful piloted technologies.

Defence india
startup challenge

Taking the iDEX initiative further, Defence India Startup Challenge "has been launched by Ministry in partnership with AIM, aimed at supporting Startups / MSMEs / Innovators to create prototypes and / or commercialize products / solutions in the area of National Defence and Security.

Vision of DISC

Create functional prototypes
Help create functional prototypes of products/technologies relevant for national security (prototyping), and spur fast-moving innovation in the India defence sector.
Help new tech products
Help new tech products/technologies find a market and early customer (commercialization) in the form of the Indian Defence Establishment.

Numbers That Matter

3 | 9
Services  | DPSUs
Partner Incubators
Nodal Agencies
INR 30+
Crore Grants


iDEX envisages to work with India’s leading incubators, which would help in discovery and exploration of Startups/MSMEs that can perform the function of co-creation.
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