APJ Abdul Kalam

About TheProgramme

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology &Environment (KSCSTE) has instituted this programme in memory of late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. This programme targets the youth in the State for taking up challenges in specialized sectors. The programme is aimed to encourage youth to propose their innovative ideas to solve the issues faced by the society and provide necessary support for converting their ideas to reality.

The Objectives of the Programme are;

  • Encourage youth to take up innovative projects.
  • Create opportunities for translating innovative ideas.
  • Contribute to sustainable development of the State.
  • Encourage entrepreneurship.
  • Create platform for knowledge-based enterprises.
  • Youth can submit their proposal in the Challenge areas identified. Up to 10 best proposals will be provided financial grant up to Rs.5 lakhs each for developing the prototype/working model. After the proto development, the applicants shall demonstrate their prototype/working model before the Expert Committee and the best Innovation(s) among them will be shortlisted and selected for next stage for product development and commercialisation, for which financial grant up to Rs.50 lakhs and technical support will be provided.


Areas identified for 2021:

Try any one of them

In the first stage, applicants need to submit only the Synopsis of their Proposal. For the proposals shortlisted for the second stage, applicant shall submit a detailed Project Proposal in the prescribed format, which shall include the following points;

  • What is the Proposal all about?
  • How it is going to be implemented?
  • Why is it necessary?
  • So What: If the Project is not implemented, what will be the loss?
  • How much fund required for prototype development (up to Rs.5 lakhs)?

The format of the Proposal for the second stage will be forwarded to the applicants of shortlisted proposals, via email


  • Open to all below 35 years as on January 01, 2021
  • Individual Innovator
  • Team of Innovators
  • Startups
  • Should be a Keralite (Including non-residents)
  • Educational Qualification not a barrier for applying.


Proposals will be invited from the youth on the areas identified for the Challenge. Proposals will be initially evaluated by the Reviewers (Subject Experts) and shortlist the proposals qualified for the next stage. Such Proposals will be further evaluated by an Expert Committee and based on the evaluation, the Committee will select up to 10 best Proposals for providing support for Prototype Development.

The Applicants of the selected proposals will be attached to an Academic/R&D Institutions. Financial grant up to Rs.5 lakhs will be provided for developing the prototype/working model, through the Tie up Institution. The duration for prototype development will be 1 year. Based on the demonstration of the prototype/working model before the Expert Committee, the best Innovation(s) among them will be selected for providing financial grant up to Rs. 50 lakhs and technical support for Product development and Commercialisation. The quantum of financial support for product development and commercialisation will be decided based on the evaluation of detailed Project Proposal submitted by the Applicant(s).

Contact US

For more details about the Programme, you may contact

Dr. Ajit Prabhu V.

Chief Scientist (Scientist G) & Head, TDPMD,
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE),
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom P.O, Trivandrum – 695004, Kerala, India

Tel No. 0471 2548252, 2548315

Email: ycpkerala@gmail.com