What is Design:Impact Awards?

Design:Impact Awards, brought to you by Titan Company in collaboration with Tata Trusts, is a product design innovation challenge for resolving social problems. It is a project-based grant award. The projects should aim at up-scaling a product’s reach and impact on an underprivileged community or an unmet need of society.

Why Design:Impact Awards?

In the course of the last 30 years, we at Titan Company have dedicated our efforts towards placing exemplary design in the hands of generations of Indians. Design that has not only reimagined lifestyles, but defined eras. Tata Trusts has been catalysing transformational change in India with a focus on sustainable development through innovation, since the early 1900s. Now, with Design:Impact Awards, we hope to inspire and support India’s design and innovation community who have set their sights on creating positive social impact.

Who can apply?

Product design innovators and teams with prototyped and tested products may apply. Entries eligible are only those which aim at resolving a social problem through a well designed product (tangible/hard) or a system related with tangible/hard products.

I do not have an organisation supporting my product design. Can I apply?

Participants can apply as individuals or teams. While there may be an organisation associated with an individual/team, it is not a prerequisite for applying.

I am part of a large organisation. Can I apply for the Award?

Yes, you can apply as an individual or as a team.

What is the accepted medium of language for submitting the application forms?

We accept application forms in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada and Odia.

Is there any age criterion for the applicants?

No. The Awards is open for all age groups.

Is there any cost involved in participating in Design:Impact Awards?

No, participation is free of charge.

Is there any time limit to the project proposal?

The duration of the project must have an upper time limit of 2 years from the date of commencement.

Is this application the final call in the grant awards?

No, this is the first phase of the application process. If you are selected, you will be asked to participate in phase 2, where you will have a chance to submit the project proposal and contest for the grant award.

What is the deadline for the application submission?

The application window for Design:Impact Awards is now closed, new dates will be announced.

When will the results for the first phase be declared?

The results of the first phase of application will be disclosed by the second week of December. All applicants/nominators will be notified via mail once the decision
has been made.

I have a product idea. Can I apply for the Awards?

No, only product design innovators and teams with prototyped and tested products can apply.

I have an innovative service related with a product. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply if your services are related with tangible/hard products and if products are the core of the solution provided. For e.g. Reviving a traditional handicraft which involves various services with handicaft products being the core.

How do I enter the Design:Impact Awards?

Please submit your application online. You may also download the application here to develop your application before filling it online. No other methods of submission will be accepted. Please click on the Apply Now button on the website for applying or click on

Can I nominate?

Anyone can nominate themselves or others. Nominations for the Awards must be made through the application form.

Will I/we be eligible to apply if we are funded by other organisations?

Yes, applications will be accepted from participants who are funded by other organisations.

If I am not an Indian and/or I am residing outside India, can I apply?

Yes, you can apply if your design idea is planned to be implemented in India.

What is the geographical focus for the product implementation?

Design:Impact Awards has a Pan-India approach and reach for the program with the impact being in the Indian subcontinent only.

When I share my product design information, will I still hold my Intellectual Property rights?

All information provided in the application during the Awards process will be shared exclusively with the evaluation team and the jury. No idea or personal information will be given to third parties without prior consent. The Intellectual Property rights will solely remain with you.

How are the winners supported?

Design:Impact Awards brings you the opportunity to upscale your product's reach and impact. The Award will provide financial grants up to Rs. 65 Lakhs, advocacy & recognition and mentorship. At later stages, grant recipients will be given the opportunity to apply for seed capital up to Rs. 65 Lakhs, and further networking opportunities for funding.

What is Social Alpha?

Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) is an initiative of Tata Trusts to promote socially relevant innovations and entrepreneurship with a mission to create large scale sustainable social impact. FISE is a Technology Business Incubator, approved by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India that nurtures social sector startups through their lab to market journey, helping them create high quality, commercially viable, accessible and affordable solutions. FISE aims to tap entrepreneurs and innovators having a strong focus on addressing development sector challenges to create social change and remain engaged with them throughout their product lifecycle stages.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

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