Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is Government of India’s flagship initiative that promotes a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.


Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is Government of India’s flagship initiative that promotes a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. 



To develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy, provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness and create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.

The Five major initiatives taken in first year of establishment of AIM are:

  • Atal Tinkering Labs: Creating problem solving mindset across schools in India.
  • Atal Incubation Centers: Fostering world class startups and adding a new dimension to the incubator model.
  • Atal New India Challenges: Fostering product innovations and aligning them to the needs of various sectors/ministeries.
  • Mentor India Campaign: A national Mentor network in collaboration with public sector, corporates and institutions, to support all the intiatives of the mission.
  • Atal Community Innovation Center: To stimulate community centric innovation and ideas in the unserved /underserved regions of the country including Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.
  • ARISE: To stimulate innovation and research in the MSME industry.t large.

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Atal Innovation Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) in schools across India with a vision to ‘Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators’


The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds; and inculcate skills such as design mindset, computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical computing etc.


  • ATL is a work space where young minds can give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode; and learn innovation skills.
  • Young children will get a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
  • ATL would contain educational and learning ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on – science, electronics, robotics, open source microcontroller boards, sensors and 3D printers and computers. Other desirable facilities include meeting rooms and video conferencing facility.
  • In order to foster inventiveness among students, ATL can conduct different activities ranging from regional and national level competitions, exhibitions, workshops on problem solving, designing and fabrication of products, lecture series etc. at periodic intervals.
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT: AIM will provide grant-in-aid of Rs. 20 Lakh to each school that includes a one-time establishment cost of Rs. 10 lakh and operational expenses of Rs. 10 lakh for a maximum period of 5 years to each ATL.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Schools (minimum Grade VI – X) managed by Government, local body or private trusts/society to set up ATL.

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AIM intends to support the establishment of new incubation centres called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable enterprises.

  • The AICs would create world class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with:
    • Availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups;
    • Business planning support;
    • Access to seed capital;
    • Industry partners,
    • Trainings and other relevant components required for encouraging innovative start-ups.
  • Moreover, these AICs would be established in subject specific areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc.

ELIGIBILITY: Entities such as such as higher educational institutions, R&D institutes, corporate sector, alternative investment funds registered with SEBI, business accelerators, group of individuals, and individuals are eligible to apply.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: AIM will provide a grant-in-aid of upto Rs. 10 crore for a maximum period of 5 years to cover the capital and operational expenditures to establish the AIC.

REQUIREMENTS: The applicant would have to provide at least 10,000 sq. ft. of ready-to-use, built-up space, for the exclusive use of the AIC.


The Atal New India Challenge aims to address the second Commercialization Valley of Death, in which innovators are unable to access resources for piloting, testing, and market creation.

One of Atal Innovation Mission’s primary goals is to incentivize innovation in areas critical to India’s growth. The innovative solutions in the areas like health, housing, hygiene, energy and water can impact directly on livelihood of all sections of society.

VISION: The vision of ANIC is two-fold:

  • To help create products from existing technologies relevant for national and social causes (productization);
  • To help new deep-tech products find markets and early customers (commercialization) in the context of India.

The scope of the program extends to developing an institutional mechanism and structure to channel potential innovative ideas for products and technologies from Startups and MSMEs on their own or along with R&D organizations, academic institutions and even individual innovators.

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Challenges Under Atal New India Challenge (AIC)

A total of 24 challenges are launched in partnership with five different ministries and departments of central government. These includes:

  1. Climate-smart agriculture: Deploy products, technologies and processes (supply chains) to promote and commercialize climate-resilient agricultural practices, species, and processes.
  2. Fog vision system for road and rail: Increase deployment of technologies to reduce accidents in low visibility conditions – vehicle-attached, or improvements in street lighting infrastructure, or improved reflectors for higher pedestrian visibility, etc.
  3. Systems to predict, identify, and recognize rail failure using technologies: Advanced technology solutions to predict and prevent rail failures viz. automated track monitoring systems, rail track health, signalling and switching technologies etc.
  4. Predictive Maintenance of Rolling Stock: Solutions to monitor the health and safety of key components of the coaches, freight cars, locomotives which includes bearing and wheels to reduce catastrophic failures leading to improved safety and operating cost.
  5. Alternate fuel based transportation: Deployment of technologies/products in transportation, using alternate source of power to reduce carbon emissions – including systems to integrate with existing transportation infrastructure.
  6. Smart Mobility: Use of alternate transportation mechanisms for newly urbanizing regions / smart cities.
  7. Electric Mobility: Technologies / innovations to increase share of electric vehicles in all modes of transportation.
  8. Safe transport: Technologies / innovations to reduce accidents and fatalities, with special focus on two-wheelers / pedestrians.
  9. Instant Portable Water Quality Testing: Develop systems, products, technologies, or protocols to identify nature and/or concentration of biological/chemical contaminants in any given water sample.
  10. Sustaining drinking water sources: Ensuring drinking water sustainability is of paramount importance. Sustaining the sources depends the following major aspects:
    • Source strengthening/sustainability.
    • Regular operation and maintenance.
    • Replacing the aged infrastructure.
  11. Digital Water Management: IT and Mobile phones have enabled easier access to various services. How to use these technologies to solve day-to-day managerial issues to
    • Assist to make district water budgets and District/Block level water managers to know on day-to-day basis, the habitation-wise quantity and quality water supplied and
    • Make every household a water smart household by informing them about the quantity and quality of water available from their nearest source to plan their daily family water budget. Ideas can be mix of technologies, management solutions, awareness games etc.
  12. Providing potable water to water quality affected areas: Large number of habitations face ground water quality issues. The most common contaminants are arsenic, fluoride, nitrates, iron, salinity etc. In some cases, traces of heavy metals have also been reported in groundwater. Treatment processes are generally complex, involves higher cost and requires power.
  13. Data analytics for water governance: Various Stake-holder Ministries of Government of India have huge individual data bases on water supply; water availability; groundwater; measures taken up for recharge; rain water harvesting; household-wise drinking water source access data; enrollment in schools etc. However, they are in individual silos. At district level, these data can be aggregated and analyzed to understand how each one of them affect/interact with one-another.
  14. Mini Desalination plants in coastal areas: Low cost, environmental friendly, low power technologies available for setting up and operating mini desalination plants for coastal habitations.
  15. Grey water management: Many States are providing higher per-capita water supply service levels in rural areas. This is leading to generation of significant grey water in rural areas and needs to be managed usefully. Suggestions are invited for innovative, low cost and simple technologies to manage the grey water in rural areas.
  16. Affordable Desalination/Recycling Technology: Affordable Recycling technology – Deploy technologies or products to recycle water at household and community levels.
  17. Waste management recycling and reuse: Deployment of technologies for waste management, e.g. solid, e-waste etc.
  18. Garbage composition devices: Portable / handheld scanner / device that can distinguish the composition of garbage collected from households as wet or dry.
  19. Quality of compost: Portable / handheld device that can quickly determine the quality of compost (also whether the compost heap meets FCO standards).
  20. Decentralized composting: Economical, efficient, modular, aesthetic, environment friendly and occupying minimum space arrangements / equipment / plants for decentralized composting which may be aerobic / anaerobic / vermi.
  21. Mixing blades for composting: Efficient mixing blades for small scale / household composting material.
  22. Waste in public spaces: Efficient, simple and economical methods of sweeping and sucking the littered waste in public places including narrow streets.
  23. Dissuading public littering: Efficient, simple and economical methods of identifying persons littering, raising alarm so as to dissuade the public from littering.
  24. Cleaning of Sewers and Septic Tanks: Smart and efficient cleaning techniques, with the objective of eliminating need for human entry.


Mentor of Change Program is a strategic nation building initiative of Atal Innovation Mission to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students in thousands of Atal Tinkering Labs and startups and incubators under the programs of Atal Innovation Mission across India.

As part of the Program, leaders who can spend 1 to 2 hours every week in one or more such labs or with the startups/incubators and enable them to experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking and inculcate the spark of innovation and entrepreneurship are being looked for.


These labs are non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors. Possible areas of contribution could be, but not limited to:

  • Technical Knowhow: Building prototypes,
  • Innovation and Design: Inculcating solution-oriented approach,
  • Inspirational: Leadership and self-motivation, and
  • Business and Entrepreneurship: Encouraging ideas and team building
  • Sounding board / guide, break stereotypes and bias to bring about mind set and behavioural change.


Atal Innovation Mission has taken this new initiative to support community innovation drive in the country.

  • The program is directed to encourage the spirit of innovation through solution driven design thinking to serve the society.
  • It will focus on undeserved/unserved regions of the country which at present lack a vibrant startup and innovation ecosystem.

Proposed Focus Areas

Underserved/unserved regions of Tier 1 / metro cities, Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities, Smart Cities, Aspirational districts, North-East, J&K and Rural and Tribal regions of India.


The main purpose is to offer unique and incentivized solutions which will encourage students, researchers or any individual/group of individuals to ideate and design novel solutions. In order to meet this purpose, the program offers infrastructure for building innovation ecosystem in above mentioned locations. Following are the distinguishing features of the program:

  • Offer an opportunity for everyone to innovate, ideate and design impactful solutions, irrespective of their age.
  • Community oriented approach to innovation by enabling solutions through advanced tinkering.
  • Nurture researchers and innovators to ideate solutions in areas of societal importance.
  • Capacity building of emerging innovators in evolving technologies and designing their innovations from ideation to impactful solutions.
  • Design thinking process to spur creativity.
  • Partnerships with local industries/institutions in problem solving through innovative offerings in terms products, services and processes.
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to ensure support for financial sustainability and encouraging participation of central agencies, PSUs, other legal entities etc. to mobilize resources for running the program.
  • Eligible Academic Applicants.
  • Eligible Non-Academic applicants.
  • UGC and AICTE affiliated Universities / Colleges Voluntary and other organizations having good experience and exposure in awareness and promotion of Science and Technology in the country.
  • Educational Institutions like ITIs & other technical diploma colleges


  • The centers will be established either in PPP mode or with support of PSUs and other agencies.
  • The maximum grant-in-aid support from AIM will be up to 2.5 crores subject following the compliance to program guidelines and contributing matching from the host institutions and their funding partner(s).

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Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE) (Coming Soon)

ARISE is an initiative of Atal Innovation Mission to promote research, innovation and competitiveness of Indian startups and small enterprises including Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises.

  • ARISE will be a multi-phase, multi-sector, and multi-stakeholder program to identify, fund, guide, hand-hold, and procure from Indian startups and small enterprises.
  • It aims to inculcate a culture and mindset of engaging and co-creating amongst the industry as well as the government, to improve India’s import substitution capabilities, develop export leadership in nation-critical sectors, and provide indigenous solutions for challenges in India.


The program’s objective is to catalyze research, innovation, find solutions to the sectoral problems and subsequently trigger creation of new industrial sectors, through support of Central Government Ministries / Departments, who will become the first buyer of the solutions / products innovated under the ARISE program by start-ups and small enterprises.


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