NABARD invites applications for "Award for Rural Innovations", Mumbai, Apply by May 15, 2012


NABARD is set up as an apex Development Bank with a mandate for facilitating credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts.


Objective of the award:
To recognize and reward innovations which have created a paradigm shift in the standard or quality of life in the rural India

Award categories:

  • Participants should refer to the definitions as indicated below and accordingly apply in the appropriate award category.
  • For the categories 1 to 5, the Innovation needs to be within the following six broad segments:
  • Energy
  • Training & skills up gradation
  • Financial services
  • Agriculture & Allied activities
  • Technology
  • Others


Category of Participant


No. Of winners



Any individual or person who has innovated products and/services for the benefit of rural areas




NGO/Trust is a non-governmental organization (NGO) legally constituted under MACS/Societies Act/Trust



Academic/ research institution

Academic institution is an educational institution dedicated to the spread of education. Research institutions specialized in basic or applied research.



Private sector

Private sector includes those companies that are owned by private individuals or groups.



Public sector/cooperative sector/government

Public sector/cooperative sector/ government institutions or business units managed and controlled by the central, state, or local government.


 Eligibility criteria for participation in the awards:

  • The Participant must be Indian citizens / individuals or Indian registered companiesor foreign companies with a registered presence in India. Individual Participant must be above18 years of age as on March 31, 2012. Failure to observe this will deem any winning entry invalid.
  • The Innovation can be a product / service / project / process / procedure / methodology developed for the rural sector by the Participant
  • The innovation must be already implemented and should not be in a planning or conceptualizing stage. The innovation should be implemented between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011
  • The Innovation nominated / applied must be developed within the participating organization or by an Individual and implemented in the Indian operations of the Participant in Rural India as defined above.
  • The final eligibility of the entry received will be subject to the discretion and approval of the Jury

Important date:
Filled in application form along with the supporting (photographs / certificates / video clippings, etc.)  should be sent to the address mentioned below before May 15, 2012 by 5:00 pm.

Application can either be downloaded from the website or visit the nearest NABARD Regional office or district office to get a hard copy of application.

Contact details:
“Application for NABARD Awards for Rural Innovations”
Plot No.C-24,
 G –Block,
Bandra Kurla Complex,
Post Box No. 8121
Bandra (E),
Mumbai - 400051
Phone: 022 -26524207

Download the below attachment for the application form and more details on the award

May 15, 2012 12:00AM