The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is a flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country, based on a detailed study and deliberations on innovation and entrepreneurial needs of India in the years ahead.
AIM is also envisaged as an umbrella innovation organization that would play an instrumental role in alignment of innovation policies between central, state and sectoral innovation schemes incentivizing the establishment and promotion of an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at various levels - higher secondary schools, science, engineering and higher academic institutions, and SME/MSME industry, corporate and NGO levels.
Long term goals of AIM include establishment and promotion of Small Business Innovation Research and Development at a national scale (AIM SBIR) for the SME/MSME/startups, and in rejuvenating Science and Technology innovations in major research institutions of the country like CSIR (Council of Scientific Industrial Research), Agri Research (ICAR) and Medical Research (ICMR) aligned to national socio-economic needs.
AIM has adopted a holistic framework in the achievement of its objectives.
- Atal Tinkering Labs – to promote creative, innovative mind set in schools
These ATLs are dedicated innovation workspaces of 1200-1500 square feet where do-it-yourself (DIY) kits on latest technologies like 3D Printers, Robotics, Internet of Things (IOT), Miniaturized electronics are installed using a grant of Rs 20 Lakhs from the government so that students from Grade VI to Grade XII can tinker with these technologies and learn to create innovative solutions using these technologies.
To date, 2441 schools have already been selected for ATL Grants and by the end of 2018 over 5000 schools are expected to be operational.
- Atal Incubators – to promote entrepreneurship in universities and industry
At the university, NGO, SME and Corporate industry levels, AIM is setting up world-class Atal Incubators (AICs) that would trigger and enable successful growth of sustainable startups in every sector /state of the country. Women led incubators and entrepreneurial startups are strongly encouraged by AIM.
AIM is providing a grant of upto Rs 10 crores to successful applicants for setting up greenfield incubators or scaling up existing ones. To date 19 Atal Incubators have been selected. Before the end of 2018-19 we would have 50+ Atal Incubators operational.
- Atal New India Challenges and Atal Grand Challenges - to promote specific product innovations with social / economic impact
AIM will be launching Atal New India Challenges / Atal Grand Challenges in specific areas and sectors of national importance, most of which are also aligned with the priorities recommended by the recently released Economic Survey 2017-18.
The first set of 17 Atal New India Challenges (ANIC) has been launched on April 26th, 2018. The successful applicants will get a grant of upto Rs 1 crore for Atal New India Challenges and larger grants of upto Rs 30 crores for Atal Grand Challenges.
- Mentors of Change – to mentor students at ATL and AIC Incubators / Startups
AIM has set up one of the largest Mentoring networks in India called Mentor India from the professional and industry community who can mentor students at ATL and AIC Incubators / startups. Over 5000+ mentors have already registered and every operational ATL has already been allocated a mentor.
A number of industry leaders and corporate organizations have volunteered to adopt ATLs/AICs in their vicinities to ensure close mentoring and success of these initiatives.
AIM is also actively working on establishing collaborations with innovation systems and entities in other countries in APAC, Europe, UK, USA, Africa and Latin American Countries.