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COVID-19 TASK FORCE


Department of Science and Technology (DST) has set up a COVID-19 Task force for mapping of technologies from R&D labs, academic institutions, startups, and MSMEs


COVID-19 TASK FORCE



WHY THIS COVID-19 TASK FORCE HAS BEEN SET UP?



The task force has been set up to fund nearly market-ready solutions in the area of diagnosticstestinghealth care delivery solutionsequipment supplies. Some of these solutions include masks and other protective gearsanitizersaffordable kits for screeningventilators and oxy-genatorsdata analytics for trackingmonitoring, and controlling the spread of outbreak through AI and IOT based solutions, to name a few.

The Task Force is to identify the most promising startups that are close to scale up, who may need financial or other help or connects or projected demand to rapidly scale up. 


WHO ALL ARE INCLUDED IN THE TASK FORCE?



The COVID-19 Task Force, as a capacity mapping group consists of representatives from DSTDepartment of Biotechnology (DBT)Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR)Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)Startup India and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

As part of the mechanisms being used for rapid development, manufacturing, and deployment of relevant technology options, DST has already invited two separate sets of proposals, one each under Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) and Technology Development Board (TDB), to support scientific solutions and commercial manufacturing of both new and existing solutions.


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