Context: NITI Aayog launched Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges (ANIC) to spur applied research and innovation and increase competitiveness of Indian MSMEs and startups.


  • The ANIC) program will support deserving applied research–based innovations by providing funding support of up to Rs 50 lakh for speedy development of the proposed technology solution and/or product.
  • Ultimately it aims to provide a steady stream of innovative products & solutions where the Central Government Ministries / Departments will become the potential first buyers
  • The programme will be driven by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), four ministries—Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairsand associated industries to facilitate innovative solutions to sectoral problems.